Game’s fifth studio album, Jesus Piece, is one the most anticipated hip-hop albums of 2012 boasting features from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and more. And when it comes to the album’s freshly revealed cover art, the Game … well, let’s just say he doesn’t shy away from controversy.
The Compton-bred rapper unveiled his Jesus Piece artwork via Instagram today and some of his fans think he went too far. The stained glass-inspired image shows Jesus sitting on a throne adorned with gang-inspired symbols. Not only does His Holiness sport Game’s signature Jesus Piece bling around his neck, but he also dons a teardrop tattoo under his right eye and a red bandana over his mouth, references to the Compton Blood gang.
One fan called it “blasphemous” and said they wouldn’t “listen to this anti Semitic bull crap.” Another called it “really disrespectful!” Some lauded the controversial cover saying that it’s what they expected from the rapper known for pulling at one’s strings, and that he was “giving Kanye West a run for his money with the creativity, one of a kind cover.” (Similarly, Game’s last album, The R.E.D. Album fell under gang-related scrutiny. BET and MTV infamously pulled his “Red Nation” video from the air for being too gang-affiliated.)
“Jesus Piece gives me an opportunity to speak about situations that people like me who love God but are still street and still wanna remain themselves without going the Pastor Mase route.” Game told VIBE about the album’s title. “It gives the opportunity to know that it’s somebody out there that feels them.”
So that leaves us with this question for VIBE readers: Are you feelin’ Game’s Jesus Piece cover art, or do you think the rapper went too far?