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Pop Smoke album cover to be changed after fans dub Virgil Abloh’s design ‘lazy’


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Fans were not happy with Virgil Abloh’s (left) design for Pop Smoke’s album cover (right) (Picture: Rex)

Pop Smoke’s debut album is set to be released posthumously, but the Virgil Abloh-designed cover artwork went down so badly with fans it is going to be replaced. 

Off-White designer Virgil had revealed the artwork he had created for the album on Instagram, in a now-deleted post. 

He wrote: ‘The last conversation i had with @realpopsmoke was about what we we were gonna to do in the future. 

‘This album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. in your memory i just finished it yesterday.’

The cover artwork saw an image of Pop’s face with what appeared to be crystals or broken glass in the background and barbed wire in the foreground.

Fans were not impressed with the cover art, tweeting: ‘what the f**k is this new pop smoke cover sheesh @virgilabloh my g your photoshopping looks like ur creating a YouTube thumbnail lmaooooooo change the damn cover’. 

Others added: ‘I’m trying to understand why would Virgil do Pop Smoke like this. This is mad disrespectful’ and ‘Pop Smoke deserves better’.

Some fans took to Twitter to make their own versions of the album cover, writing: ‘some hard potential covers for Pop Smoke. Not that lazy nonsense Virgil did’. 

Another added: ‘Heard we needed a new Pop Smoke cover since Virgil fumbled..’

Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed on 19 February after being shot twice during a home invasion in Los Angeles. 

The 20-year-old’s first album will now be released posthumously on 3 July, called Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon. 

Steven Victor, head of Victor Victor Worldwide, the label Pop was signed to had initially shared the imagery, writing: ‘You were always shootings for the stars and aiming for the moon. 

‘Everything we talked about is happening, the only thing is you’re not here in the flesh to see it all come together. 

‘You wanted Virgil to design your album cover and lead creative.. Virgil designed the album cover and led creative.. we love you and miss you more and more each day. (sic)’

However, following the outcry – including a Change.org petition – Steven confirmed the artwork would be changing. 

He tweeted: ‘HEARD YOU, MAKING A CHANGE, POP WOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS!’ 

The new artwork is yet to be revealed ahead of Friday’s release. 

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