See The Evolution Of Kanye West's Album Covers: From Bears To Gods

See Evolution Kanye Wests Album Covers

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We can chart the evolution of Kanye West through his lyrics, production, and stylistic changes over the years (and, maybe even through his rants), but one of the most visual markers of his progress shows on up on album covers.

On Sunday, (Mar. 1), 'Ye revealed the cover art for his new LP, So Help Me God , and it's unlike any of his previous covers.

If we count G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer compilation, and Watch the Throne , Kanye is now nine albums in, and the progression is clear. Take a look at So Help Me God and his previous covers below.

  • The College Dropout (2004) Def Jam

    Kanye's debut album cover was Tisci has admitted . 'And then, we began the discussions about movies, DJs, general things. So, I felt that the collaboration was necessary.

  • Cruel Summer (2012) Def Jam

    Okay, technically this is a G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, but it was 'Ye and his team at DONDA who oversaw the design. They settled on an all-white background with a nude female statue holding onto her breasts, set against an ornate bed of leaves.

  • Yeezus (2013) Def Jam

    Following the rich cover art for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , Kanye pretty much did an about turn for his 'protest' album Yeezus . The LP basically had no cover image, unless you're counting the piece of red tape as art.

  • So Help Me God (2015) Kanye West/Twitter

    In true Kanye fashion, he revealed the cover art for So Help Me God on Twitter , and it's way more than Yeezus , but way less than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy . Rolling Stone speculated that the 'm' in the artwork could be representative of the 13th Century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary, or be tied to Roman numerals, which 'Ye is also fascinated with.