The countdown for the release of Pop Smoke’s debut album, Shoot for the Stars, has officially begun.
His team unveiled the album’s cover art along with merchandise that was designed by Virgil Abloh. Apparently, it was the late Brooklyn rapper’s wish to have the fashion designer lead the creative direction of his freshman project.
“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,” his manager, Steven Victor wrote on Instagram.
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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 ❤️
Virgil Abloh has created a successful fashion empire with Off-White and is a living testimony that less is more. But according to the latest trending topic on Twitter, Pop Smoke’s fans aren’t pleased with the artwork.
There’s even a petition to “Change Pop Smokes Album Artwork” created by a Brooklyn party promoter, Scrillz. “Virgil deadass was wild lazy with Pop Smokes Album cover and he needs to fix it,” he wrote in the petition that has over half of its goal within 30-minutes.
Check out some reactions below:
As a matter fact get someone who cares, even though it was his wish that Virgil worked on the album cover, he just did this in like 30 minutes & called it a day https://t.co/VRvAIJmWn6
— Alexander 🖤 (@lexthegreatt_) June 29, 2020
and the shirt cost a virgil. you can’t make this up. https://t.co/YH30iI78n2
— montego bae (@ShenaeCurry) June 29, 2020
— gherkin Stan Account (@AveGawd) June 29, 2020
I just want you to know Virgil designed this. Do whatever you would like with this info..but Pop Smoke is rolling in his grave. pic.twitter.com/WXPpjKtMpo
— triple taurus (@evelynvwoodsen) June 29, 2020
nigga didn't even put virgil% effort https://t.co/mALMivylYB
— JACK☆ (@ERLJACK) June 29, 2020
— Marlon From Martech (@marlonozier) June 29, 2020
This shit is horrible why tf y’all let Virgil do Pop like this, and worst of all posthumously. https://t.co/M1Cx1uJvfk
— [HB] RAINEY™ (@RaineyOvalle) June 29, 2020
Virgil Abloh is a scammer bro. Wtf is this? https://t.co/ctq5803xA5
— 500 🏎 (@Kameron_Hay) June 29, 2020
you know what? Virgil won’t be seeing heaven. I’m sorry. https://t.co/joY4V2s7yn
— bri boyega (@bigshitxtalker) June 29, 2020
someone cancel virgil. jesus christ pic.twitter.com/b54mwh98Dr
— 𝐌𝐈𝐊𝐄𝐘. ʬ⁸⁴ (@earlshitshirt) June 29, 2020