Lil Yachty's Queer Teenage Emotions Artwork Champions Diversity, Wins 2017

Lil Yachty

Rapper Lil Yachty released this week his queer artwork for new album Teenage Emotions, and it's easily one of the decade's most relevant, offering a shameless, straightforward reflection of inclusive Millennial desires.

The colorful image, shot by photographer Kenneth Cappello, features a diverse group surrounding Yachty in a movie theater—a laughing girl with vitiligo sits in front of him, while a queer couple makes out behind him, who're both seated next to a boy with albinism. Graphic designer Mihailo Andic handled the project's logo, which incorporates the male and female sex symbols into Yachty's name. 

"To my true fans, there is no more confusion," Yachty tweeted oThursday, announcing his forthcoming album, due out May 26. "This is the cover and the tracklist. Embrace The Youth."

In an interview with XXL, Andic discussed collaborating with Yachty, saying the rapper "was telling me it’d be really important to show the diversity—the inclusion of all these different teens who could come together and form this cover." The designer continued, adding, "He wanted this cover to stand for inclusion and all teenagers. He’s pretty much the king of teens and he just wanted to show no matter who you are, you have to embrace who you are and you have to be be proud and be yourself, and I think that’s what we captured with this cover."

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