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Kanye West Spent $85,000 On a Photo of Whitney Houston’s Drug-Laden Bathroom

Kanye West, Pusha T, Whitney Houston
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It’s now the cover art for Pusha T’s new album.

Never one to skimp on a bit of buzzworthy controversy, instead of putting his foot in his mouth this time around, Kanye West is letting some notorious photography do all the heavy lifting.

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West, who is producing Pusha T's upcoming album, Daytona, tweeted the cover art on Thursday, revealing it to be a 2006 photo of the late legend Whitney Houston's bathroom cluttered with drug paraphernalia. According to EW, the photo was taken by a family member of Houston's and then ran in the National Enquirer that same year, when the icon was struggling with addiction.

Pusha T said the imagery "definitely does match the energy of my album." Adding, "I feel like the cover represents an organized chaos."

On The Angie Martinez show, Pusha T shared that the photograph was a last-minute decision by West, also saying that West told him the photo cost $85,000. It's unclear who West paid for the rights to the photo. Daytona is out today.

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