Track List for Pop Smoke's Album Revealed, But Virgil Abloh-Designed Cover May Be Scrapped After Fan Outcry
The track list and cover art for Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album have been revealed--but it looks like the latter may already be changing. Victor Victor label head Steven Victor took to Instagram Monday to share the news that Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon's 18 tracks would arrive with a cover designed by Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh. "You wanted Virgil to design your album cover and lead creative," Victor wrote to the late rapper in the caption. Meanwhile, Abloh admitted about the image on his own Instagram, "I just finished it yesterday." That image--which shows Pop Smoke's face surrounded by barbed wire and roses carved out of ice--was quickly decried as "lazy" by the rapper's fans. "I know middle-schoolers with Photoshop that can make a better album cover than Virgil," one tweeted, while another wrote, "Virgil put zero effort into that album cover. He literally used the first photo that comes up when you search Pop Smoke’s name on Google." On Monday night, Victor tweeted, "Heard you. Making a change. Pop would listen to his fans!" He seemingly also wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post, "As Pop’s label and as his friends/family, it is our obligation to bring his vision to life... However, unfortunately, he’s not here to give his final approval. His fans are." Victor added, "He loved his fans and listened to his fans... Changes will be made." Shoot for the Stars is expected to drop on July 3. For good measure, there's also a Change.org petition fans can sign to make sure a new album cover sees the light of day.