Album Cover: Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West takes the wraps off the cover for his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in stores November 22. “Banned in the USA!!! They tried to play me fam! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!” tweeted Yeezy before posting the controversial artwork illustrated by artist George Condo.

While retailers may oppose the cover, Kanye is putting his artistic integrity first. “In all honesty … I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!” he said. “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.”

Kanye is putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited project. “Last day to wrap the album… I’m feeling so blessed on this day… finishing my 5th studio album in 6 years! Lining up piano sample replays,” he wrote. “Adding the voice samples from the VMA performance to the album version of ‘Runaway’ also the whole song is 8 minutes long.”

What do you think of Kanye’s banned cover? Let us know below!

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98 Comments

  1. M!ke.

    Def dark & twisted

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  2. Adam

    FUUUCKED UP.

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  3. @nandamedeiros_

    #DEAD LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

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  4. Britannia

    Lol wtf is that… Kanye…

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  5. kia

    i love it ! lol, it’s soo kanye.

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  6. ...

    He’s so pretentious that it hurts. Ridiculous.

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  7. ItsOscarYO

    What in the hell? Dark, and twisted, indeed.

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  8. Ok Ok

    LMAOOOOO!!!!!

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  9. TomTom

    This will get the people talking.

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  10. raambizy

    not sure about this album anymore, or kanye….smh

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  11. Will

    LMFAOOOO!!!!! Kanye is a fool smfh.

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  12. raambizy

    imagine if it was still called GOOD ASS JOB.
    haha

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  13. ANTHO

    if this is the cover i am not buying this cd anymore

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  14. kCudi

    C’mon this just sucks! I’m really hoping for some fanmade custom covers…

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  15. mr

    this is not his album cover. He just said they banned this cover so this is not the cover but wow this was def the funniest thing all day lmao

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  16. BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY

    Looooooooooooooooooool is crazy ahahahaha !!! Go yeeezy

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  17. SMH Rap Up

    Rap Up You guys are retarded. This is not real, Kanye is making a joke! Cmon how can you believe this it doesn’t even have any words on it. Not to mention he never once said the word OFFICIAL. Take this article down now you’re embarrassing yourselves

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  18. Mr. WeSt

    @mr know it all, he said it was banned in the US. Doesn’t mean it’s not the album cover.

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  19. ponyo

    kanye did that on purpose…wanted to get y’all talkin….i swear my boo is so smart i forgot how to spell that other word wow

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  20. mr

    @mr west you ass his label isnt gonna go for this. I cant believe how dum people are. This isnt his album cover

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  21. YMCMB

    I think Ye’ may be messing with us. Check out his latest tweet:

    “I know that cover just blew yall minds … I wish yall could see how hard I’m smiling right now!!!”

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  22. Phoenix

    @SMH Rap Up, where did kanye say this was not official? there are MANY covers without words on them. open your eyes u close minded fool

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  23. cubevision

    great marketing by kanye. controversial package to sell the product. kanye know how to build up hype.

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  24. meme☈

    I HATE IT!!!

    What the f*k is dude doing. Kanye is my everything…he mean the world to me. But I am so disappointed in everything he is doing the lab. He is trying wayyyyyyyyyyyyy to hard. I swear Gaga gat everyone doing a bunch sh*t tryin to be different.

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  25. mr

    everyone needs to calm the fuck down you will not see this cover when you purchase his album…i swear people are shittin there draws over a cover. Its art people grow the fuck up. Thats why it was banned. When you go to purchase the album you will have your comercial album cover.

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  26. asa

    very controversial. A little boring though. I expected something with a little more darkness and depth to it. Not just Kanye fucking a phoenix. Got me wondering what the USA cover is gonna look like since they band this one.

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  27. Dude

    Kanye did the for the motherfreaking lulz

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  28. cody

    Kayne west is a racist, and an obnoxious a-hole

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  29. Pistoko

    This Is Not The Album Cover. This Was Suppose To Be The Album Cover But It Was Banned, So Calm Down People.

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  30. YMCMB

    @Pistoko,

    Yeah, I don’t think it is the official album cover either. If it was the real cover, and it got banned in the United States, you know that Kanye would flip, and obviously he hasn’t (he’s actually laughing about it, via Twitter). I actually do like the cover though, very creative and is definitely Kanye-ish.

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  31. Tev

    Lol this is not the album cover if it was i would be very disappointed but i could of sworn i heard he was in Pairs or something picking out the typeface. NOV 22!!!!!!!!!! GET 2 COPIES!!!!!! MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Jay-Z

    Ye, I see the art in that, but I’m just not feeling it man. Your 4 previous Album covers were Great, so this one should be too. Make it good…or I’ll kick your ass.
    ~Sincerely
    Your Brotha
    Jay-Z.

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  33. YMCMB

    Yeah, this is probably the official cover. Latest tweet:

    “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.”

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  34. Jim

    He’s joking people relax!! and buy 2 copies when it comes out!! suppport him!!

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  35. Daz

    Keep It,Even Though Its A Lil Explicit,Kanye Is So Arrogant! I Like That lol

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  36. Jaime

    “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.” – Kanye

    that should silence those who think this is a joke. SMH. Kanye is a genius!

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  37. kristine

    @mr, this is ART! some fan u are for criticizing kanye.

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  38. A Realist

    Lmao. This is a new era for Kanye.

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  39. JhuntdaProdigy

    Lol this thing funny as hell, this has to be a joke yo, Kanye may be eccentric at times, but do you really think he would try to pass off a picture of him dicking down a phoenix for an album cover? Wonder what the real cover looks like? Oh well, we’ll find out soon enough

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  40. KC

    Definetly dark & twisted!! I would buy this artwork & hang it in my bathroom.

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  41. triplea20x

    Dude the first versions of all his albums had no writing on it…the album artwork I have for College Dropout still has no writing

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  42. mr

    @kristine wtf no like seriously WTF are you talking about. I think you read the wrong comments because im not the one on here bitchin about a how ugly this painting is genius smgdh. Next time learn how to read. Get over it people its just a cover his music is why your buying it anyway. Kanye it doesnt matter what the album cover is i will purchase 2.

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  43. kristine

    @mr, i didn’t read wrong. u were the same one claiming it was a joke and not the cover. read kanye’s tweets before running your mouth.

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  44. Adriene

    LOL @ that person who said this was not real because it had no text on it. r u living under a rock? search itunes and you’ll find plenty of covers with no text

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  45. From Tokyo

    Not because I hate Kanye (because I don’t) but you know those Worst Album Cover lists they have….?

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  46. SMH

    SMH @PEOPLE THAT SELL THEIR SOUL TO THE DEVIL FOR RICHES N OTHER THINGS! KANYE IS A PUPPET AND HE AND ALL THE OTHER ARTIST ARE GOING TO BURN IN HELL IF THEY DONT ASK FOR FORGIVENESS.

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  47. NO WAY

    Hate it, Horrible, Hurts my eyes, Next.

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  48. True Blue

    I just can’t with this fuckery… I can’t.

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  49. Mii

    ART.

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  50. True Blue

    I just can’t with this f*ckery… I can’t.

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  51. Dougie

    A month ago I was thinking bout buying this. Now its all going downhill

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  52. not a yeezyfan nomore

    dat dude worship the devil..kanye p.s yuh done lost your mind

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  53. Mikey

    it’s kanye & taylor )))))

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  54. TTB

    Really??? No, please try again!!!

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  55. Christian

    This is the album cover. He just said it was banned in the US. I like it. It really makes you wonder what the material is going to sound like. Very Kanye-ish and it’s just dope just like KiD CuDi’s! Can you say G.O.O.D. Music!!

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  56. D

    Kanye a Beast!

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  57. Mr Xclusive

    @Christian kid cudi sucks dont mention him

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  58. SR

    genius.

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  59. charlzetta

    I feel that if this is the vision created in and by his music so be it. He is an artist/entertainer. He hired another artist to draw his vision and when that artist gave him this he said “that’s it”. Freedom of speech through words, pictures, and any other medium possible!

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  60. GeeGee

    It doesn’t say anywhere that it’s official. Sit down, hound dogs.

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  61. Christian

    @Mr Xclusive CuDi sucks because you don’t understand him? Oh ok. I see. He sucks because he’s different and following his own path because that’s what a true artist does? Ok cool. He sucks because his music speaks the truth and has an artistic and creative sound to it? Sweet. Get the fuck outta here.

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  62. mr

    @kristin there is a learning center around the corner from my house they have affordable prices just in case you cant afford. #dumbroads instead of enjoying kanye’s music like the rest of us you need to learn the basics first like ”your not smart” and ”i need and education”

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  63. sagb

    O_o

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  64. mr

    @kristine read my comments again stupid #dumbbroads i said that cover wont be his album cover. It pretty much is true genius unless you are not in america and plan on going to london to purchase it because it is banned in the usa it could be his cover in other countries but when you buy it here that wont be the cover dummy. So please take my advice and learn how to read you stupid retard. #DUMBBROADS

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  65. Key-Sha

    First Nelly now this!

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  66. Dan

    Kanye West is a cunt.

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  67. how low

    kanye is a stupid occult bieng with no sense of creativity, you are fuckin satan kanye!

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  68. Joselito

    Haterss make some money for you make a comment lmao

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  69. K.K.

    OMG! Are u serious?! This cover will be banned everywhere on earth =(

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  70. Olivia

    My parents never gonna let me buy this album now:(:(

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  71. 2011k

    Dude, I can’t wait to buy this album…so I can take the cover art…and tape on the back window of car…can’t wait…

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  72. Luke.

    this cover sucks. it’s good that it was banned. hopefully he’ll choose a whole another one!

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  73. Joyams

    Kanye is the best.

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  74. Doe

    Kanye sold his soul for power. Like someone made the comment- Kanye worships the devil and he is a puppet. Those of you that enjoy this mess, you are being desenstised to the works of the powers of darkness. You better pray and ask God to open your eyes of the one you and Kanye are serving. Get your lives together before it is to late. For those of you that don’t believe the devil and hell are real guess what it is.

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  75. YMCMB

    If anyone is worshiping the devil it’s George Condo because he’s the one who did the cover art. Sometimes you people are so immature it’s not even funny.

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  76. Ceejay

    lmao!!! this dude :L his music is hot tho thats what i really care about

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  77. F#@% walmart

    Imma let yall finish but…
    Walmart…
    HATES BLACK PPL lol

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  78. The Beast

    I love kanye but i hate this cover. Why does he look like a fricken ape with an ugly armless naked girl with a cow tail (i know it’s his pheonix but still). come on kanye we don’t need to be looking at ugliness while listening to genius.

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  79. Silver Fox

    Well this album cover is definitely creative and provocative, in the art realm this seems completely normal so i don’t see any problem with it. The real problem is not that they are naked (because tons of album covers have naked images) but it seems the real problem is that some people don’t like the idea of a black man being with a white woman (albeit that this white women is being portrayed as a creature).

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  80. Boy Wonder

    Sorry Ye I’m just not feeling it. He’s had 3 classic covers then to follow it up with this? Not for me. Maybe it’s a pull out tho with a bigger picture in it. Seems like it’s trying to hard to be dark…

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  81. Jayden

    this not an album cover! this is just garbage!! if thts the cover i dont wanna listen to the songs!!

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  82. Fan Ov A Fan

    that is the most shittiest album cover i have ever seen in my whole entire life!!!

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  83. radarada

    Great Music. Great Artist. Great Art Work. I’m intrigued Ye.:)

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  84. scrotum bitch

    what’s wrong with him selling his soul to the devil. his shit is hot as hell, all puns intended. open you’re eyes, no god exists. so quit praying cause you’re just wasting your time. the cover its sweet. open your minds. quit being a bunch of sheep and break from the norm.

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  85. Mar1bel

    Why do we need a visual of his “Dark, twisted fantasy”..? Other than the distorted faces, & the dotted tail, it’s just a white chk straddling a blk dude (which is supposed 2 b him, I’m guessing). He’s just another wealthy blk male w/ a white chk fetish, & how is this creative..? Nicka pleeaazze…Next..!

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  86. Rachel

    Art.

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  89. king

    he and rihanna have song

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  90. Yeezy

    This is just 1/5 album covers you get when you buy the album. Gunna be one of the best albums this year no doubt.

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  91. josh

    Remember when Kanye was relevant?

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  92. travo

    i really dont care whats on the cover i have heard some leaks of the album and i know its going to a sick ass album and another classic to add to the collection. and that whole banned in the usa shit fuck that i’ll buy it online or pre-order it on itunes.

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  93. JESSica

    it is a bit disturbing… alot of young teens buy the albums they r the ones who beg their mothers for the album for a christmas or b-day girt. they r the ones who rush to the stores to but the albums the days it comes out. sooooo i would say.. YES! you “CREATIVITY” should be limited. if you wanna make some money off these albums.

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  94. FunkyFlex

    yeah yeah tha sh!t is def keep it comin West!

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  95. Tyheir!

    Kanye trys waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too hard too be the misunderstood rapper of our time! It’s sick.. & it’s a mess!!

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  96. critic

    this is all a ploy for attention… he should think about walmart and other retailers because im sure many of his fans are just normal people who shop at normal places… im insulted that he doesnt think of others and only of himself… when really without his fans he would be no where… I hope when people hear his songs that they know both sides of the issues in his songs and dont neccessarily believe everything they hear… the public is being played a fool by musicians and the media….

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  97. deganthomas

    I think its the album of the year.

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  98. Cydney

    ROFLMMFAO!!!
    That’s Kanye’s little send up to Ms. Swift-she know she talked about him all year after the incident and plays it all up like she’s an innocent. No woman ho goes with ho John Meyer is innocent or still a virgin. Kanye just saying what she really wants…LOL

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