It pains me to write this because Zayn is just so hot, but it's too blatant not to acknowledge. Malik's new album cover is a total rip off.
After breaking free from the ~artistic constraints~ of super boy band One Direction, Zayn Malik has been extremely outspoken about taking his career in an entirely different direction. Apparently, part of that meant totally ripping off another artist's album art.
A couple days ago, the album cover for Malik's new solo album was revealed and the response has been pretty intense- because it seems like everybody in the universe except for Malik sees an unavoidable likeness between his and rapper Lil Wayne's widely recognizable album art from several years ago.
I don't even listen to rap, but even I know Lil Wayne's album covers for Tha Carter III and Tha Carter IV. The rapper famously used photos of himself as a child, with the tattoos he rocks as an adult photoshopped in. The result is a super cute baby photo, which, when covered with the tattoos- creates this magical foreshadowing effect of how ultimately badass that little boy eventually shall grow (or grew, I guess, I don't know) up to become. Photoshopped tattoos have become pretty popular nowadays, but back in 2008 and 2011 when Weezy's albums were released- it was pretty fuckin' creative and 100% unique to the rapper.
The resemblance is uncanny, there's no doubt about that.
Since the backlash began, Malik has taken to Twitter to defend himself and state that he had no intention of copying Wayne- but like, come on dude. Have you been living under a rock? You REALLY don't see the uncanny similarity?!
Maybe he's giving a nod to one of the greats, maybe he's totally ripping off Lil Wayne, or maybe he genuinely had NO idea something so similar had been done before- but either way, he's getting a LOT of attention for it. Not necessarily positive, attention- but hey, any publicity is good publicity, right?
To be honest, I don't really care about what his album cover looks like. As far as I'm concerned, he could record an album of him snoring and I would probably still give it a listen just for the sake of his pure sexiness. That being said, here are two more hot Zayn pictures for the road.