American fashion designer, entrepreneur and artist Virgil Abloh is under attack for his design of the debut album cover of the late rap artist Pop Smoke.
Earlier this year, the up and coming New York rapper was tragically murdered in his home from a gunshot wound to the torso. Featured on Travis Scott’s Jackboys album, many believed Pop had so much potential, with some even naming him the King of NY. After his passing, his streaming numbers blew up and with his biggest song “Dior” reaching over 88 million views on Youtube. This sudden explosion in popularity let his music be exposed to many. People were eagerly waiting for his management team to put out more music.
A few months later, on May 14th his management finally, put a release date for Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album “Make it Rain”. But ended up being pushed back to July 3rd out of respect for Black Lives Matter movements. As the days got closer to the release date, fans were trying to get as much information as possible and on June 30th the artwork was finally revealed. Designed by the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection, Virgil Abloh. Many were left disappointed.
After the release of the album cover, the entire internet was furious and making fun of Virgil, with some saying this took no effort at all to others just making memes about it.
As of now, Pop Smoke’s team has stated that they will redo the album cover in time for the Album releasing on July 3rd, now named “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon”.