Pusha explains that Kanye had previously picked out a photographer for another image that everyone was happy with. "The [original] artwork was pictures that we all agreed on," he says. "He picked this photographer, we took these pictures [...] We picked the pictures. Great. We love it. Everything is good." But Kanye later changed his mind last-minute.
Pusha-T tells Martinez that Kanye called him at one in the morning on Wednesday and said he liked another photo better, but the new photo would cost $85,000 to license. Pusha says he didn't want to pay for the new image, so Kanye paid for it himself. "This is what the people need to see to go along with this music," Kanye said at the time.
So, what's the image he was so passionate about? It's a 2006 photo taken inside Whitney Houston's bathroom.
The photo was taken in the midst of Houston's battle with drug addiction. In a 2013 memoir, Remembering Whitney, Houston's mother remembers entering the Atlanta home and seeing a haunting scene. "Somebody had spray-painted the walls, painting big, glaring eyes and strange faces," she wrote. "They were evil eyes, staring out like a threat. And in another room, there was a big, framed photo of Nippy, Bobby and Krissi, but someone had cut Nippy’s head right out of it."
On Wednesday, Pusha told fans that he changed the album title from King Push to DAYTONA because he "felt it didn’t represent the overall message of this body of work." Pusha explained, "DAYTONA represents the fact that I have the luxury of time. That luxury only comes when u have a skill set that your confident in." He also told fans the album is for "my family... high taste level, luxury, drug rap fans."
The seven song album will arrive Thursday night at midnight. You can watch his full interview with Angie Martinez below.