Controversial Album Covers V (End)

Year: 2012

Tenacious D: Rize of the Fenix

The Problem: The album cover shows an animated penis-shaped phoenix along with flames and fire in the background. The album cover was pixelated for iTunes, and in-store versions had a sticker covering the explicit content. Some stores sold the cover with no censor.

My Take: At first, I read the description wrong and thought the bird had a penis itself, but then I saw the shape and got what they were talking about. Come on, it’s Tenacious D! We should know by now that Jack and Kyle would do something quite juvenile like this. Don’t be all shocked like that.

The Game: Jesus Piece

The Problem: The cover shows a dark-skinned Jesus in a stained glass window with a teardrop tattoo, a red bandanna around his mouth, wearing a golden Jesus piece necklace. In the artwork beside Jesus, are symbols of cannabis sativa leaves. The red bandana over his mouth is a reference to the Compton Bloods gang. After a mixed reception, some of whom deemed it as blasphemous, Game instead decided to put this cover into the deluxe edition, and instead make a new cover for the standard edition. The cover for the standard edition is a tribute to one of Game’s older brothers, Jevon Danell Taylor, shot and killed at the age of 21. The leaves on the cover were replaced with a “JP” symbol.

My Take: It’s Grand Theft Auto Jesus! (I’m so going to Hell for that one, but it’s so worth it!)


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