The late rapper’s album is set for release on Friday (July 3), and designer Virgil Abloh was behind the original album art that was first shared on Monday night (June 29).
However, Abloh’s design (which you can see below) has been heavily criticised online and derided as “lazy”, leading Pop Smoke’s manager Steven Victor to bow to criticism and promise fans that “changes will be made” to the artwork before Friday.
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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 ❤️
Pop Smoke fans have been submitting their own cover designs online following the backlash over Abloh’s original artwork, with 50 Cent — who is an executive producer on the upcoming album — showcasing a number of those designs on his own Instagram account after criticising Abloh’s work.
“Hey Virgil we need new album art, they ain’t going for this bullshit,” he wrote yesterday (June 30). “Love ya work let’s get to it.”
50 then shared over 35 fan-submitted designs for Pop Smoke’s album artwork — you can see a selection of those below.
A number of other designs for the Pop Smoke album artwork have also been shared by fans and artists on Twitter — you can see a selection of those below.
My style isn’t for everyone but here’s my take on the popsmoke cover art. Enjoy 💖 pic.twitter.com/rCedQZ5YTR
— Gibb 💫 (@BelmerGabrielle) June 30, 2020
Can’t say Pop and forget the smoke 💙
— Cover art concept. pic.twitter.com/oBMB7yaR9Z
— LM (@MarioBlac) June 30, 2020
pop smoke alternative cover by me 💁🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/ELxWFycFpq
— far east (@joeliusdubois) June 30, 2020
how Pop Smoke’s album cover should’ve looked pic.twitter.com/RQZxm2rUTF
— jett (@JettSzn) June 30, 2020
Last week, 50 Cent told fans that “you’re going to see that we really just lost something big” in regards to the passing of Pop Smoke.
“He said to me he wanted to take his mother to an award show,” 50 continued. “I would like to be able to do that.”