Kanye West Spent $85k to License a Photo for Pusha T's 'DAYTONA' Album Cover

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Kanye West made Pusha T scrap several versions of the album formerly known as King Push, so it should come as no surprise that, early Wednesday morning, West called an audible and convinced Pusha to change his album artwork before Friday's release.

"The artwork was pictures that we all agreed on. He picked the photographer, I took these pictures, I was like, 'Yo, there are fresh.' I picked all of these pictures out, he had a little edit to it, how he wanted the actual grading of the picture to look. Picked the picture, great, we look, boom, boom, boom, it's good," Pusha told Angie Martinez in an interview on Power 105. 

He continued: "1 AM, my phone rings. There's no caller ID. 'Hey, yeah, I think we should change the artwork. And I like this other artwork. And this other artwork is 85 grand. I said, 'Hey, I don't want to pay for that and I wasn't even going to ask you to pay for that.' We picked what we picked, it's here, it's ready. 'No, this is what people need to see to go along with this music,' [Kanye responded]. 'I'ma pay for dat.' I say, 'You my man! [laughs] You my man!' 

While Pusha wasn't willing to spend $85,000 of his own money for his album cover, he insists he's happy with West's final selection and his generosity. 

"I love it, it's dope, I just didn't want to pay for it," he confirmed.

As for the actual cost of the artwork, which Martinez wisely inquired about, Pusha revealed that the cover is actually a photograph and in order to obtain a worldwide license for its usage, the price tag was a cool $85k. 

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The seven-track DAYTONA, which is fully produced by West, is Pusha T's first solo studio album since 2015's King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude.