Tyga defended his Kyoto album cover when he was tracked down by TMZ. The “Rack City” artist came under fire this week for his latest album’s risqué cover art, with many calling it pornographic and accusing him of disrespecting the Japanese flag.
The former Cash Money signee shared the Kyoto cover art on Monday (January 22) via Instagram, thanking Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama for his work.
“I been wanting to make this album for a while now but didn’t have the confidence and the story to express my true emotions,” he began. “I thank all the love and support you have given me over the years. Thru my ups and downs,At My highest and my lowest points.Thru my brightest and darkest hours.This album is me opening my heart to you and I hope you enjoy it and love it as much as I do. THANK YOU GOD ALWAYS .
He added, “Thank You Hajime Sorayama for allowing me to share this experience with the world thru your creative art & my vision.”
Shortly after the artwork was posted, social media exploded with critiques. Some users claimed the image was “furry porn.”
omg tyga’s new album cover is like borderline furry porn
— 🌎☄️💕® (SEE PINNED) (@Argentinaenae) January 24, 2018
Damn, did y’all see Tyga’s new album cover?? pic.twitter.com/69i1E6jb3V
— Gangster Popeye (@gangster_popeye) January 22, 2018
I wanna be one day as high as Tyga when he created that Album cover and thought it was a good idea https://t.co/QWQuXqf31b
— Daenerys Targaryen (@wildestthot) January 23, 2018
Tyga literally threw furry porn on the japanese flag and called it an album cover
— Trev (@BiaIek) January 24, 2018
— $heikh MONEY Adnan (@Dopeman__14) January 23, 2018
EXCUSE ME, HAVE YA’LL SEEN THE NEW TYGA ALBUM COVER? THIS MAN IS ON SOME NEXT LEVEL SHIT LIKE WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS. WHY CAN I SEE THIS THINGS BOOTY HOLE? THIS IS NOT OKAY TYGA pic.twitter.com/82Dn3TlGTI
— Robert (@RobertBlazevic2) January 23, 2018
tyga need some new friends in his life cause SOMEBODY shoulda told him to not use that cover art b
— jai-b (@jaipblack) January 24, 2018
In case you couldn’t tell Tyga loves Japanese culture, he named his album Kyoto after Japans old capital. Made his cover a lady tiger in kinbaku bondage, about to get her tiger cheeks pounded ontop the Rising Sun. Give it a few months he’ll be practicing Kendo with Lupe.
— ℭhris¹³⁸ (@MrChristopherX) January 23, 2018
T-Raww didn’t back down to the wave of criticism and spoke proudly about his cover art when questioned by TMZ.
“It’s lit,” he said. “It’s art man, it’s art.”
When asked about the art being potentially offensive to the Japanese flag, he responded, “It’s not a flag, it’s a rising sun. And the artist is Japanese.” He also laughed off the notion it’s “furry porn,” saying he doesn’t even know what that is.
Check out the full TMZ clip below.
Source: Hip Hop DX