By now you know that the late Pop Smoke’s cover for his upcoming album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was released. The cover was designed by Off White’s Virgil Abloh, and it did not sit well with Pop Smoke fans. Virgil was immediately called out for his “lazy” design, and according to Steven Victor, Pop Smoke’s manager, the design will be changed.
Although many people feel the design was “disrespectful” and didn’t seem like Virgil put much effort into it, he shared with fans the story behind the artwork. He writes via Instagram, “The last conversation I had with @realpopsmoke was about what we were gonna do in the future. This album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about,” said Virgil. “He mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from the concrete of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn. In your memory, I just finished it yesterday.”
Nonetheless, 50 Cent is still not here for it.
Despite the album cover controversy, this will be a great body of work, and Pop’s legacy will live on.