Why Kanye West Thinks Lil Wayne’s Spirit Animal Is A Butterfly
Lil Wayne’s upcoming album proclaims (yet again) that he is “not a human being,” and if the cover art is any indication, he’s taking his latest inspiration from butterflies.
Wayne’s tenth album, I Am Not a Human Being 2, is set for release on March 26 and features cover art created by DONDA, the design company Kanye West founded last year. A red butterfly sits on a solid black background on the minimalistic cover.
“[Kanye] had an explanation behind it – he said, he chose the moth butterfly thing because it has so many different stages of life, and it goes through so many forms and changes, and no one can figure it out, and it’s always beautiful,” Weezy told New Orleans site NOLA.com of the album cover. “At a time it’s ugly and at a time it’s beautiful too. And that’s me.”
DONDA also made the art for the album’s third single, “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future. The single’s cover follows the red and black butterfly motif of the album cover and features an animated version with the insects flying in and out of view.
Kanye’s design co. – named for his passed mother, Donda West – was also behind the two gold chains that hung against a black background on the cover of 2 Chainz’s Based on A T.R.U. Story.
The video for “Love Me,” released last month, plays on the dark and mysterious vibe of DONDA’s art, bringing the trio to a post-apocalyptic horror hotel room where Wayne floats on a bed in the middle of a flooded room. The artsy Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip also features plenty of fierce ladies in edgy leather outfits and even a couple butterflies.
While the latest stage in Wayne’s evolution is certainly keeping him busy, he’s bringing his pals along for the ride – Soulja Boy, Juicy J, Gunplay and more will be making appearances on I Am Not a Human Being 2.
“I have a lot of guests on the album,” Wayne told NOLA.com. “That’s what’s unusual about the album. I’m usually a two or three feature-type guy. But this album, I have a lot of features because I have a lot of friends, a lot of people that wanted to help out. I just appreciate them all. And I have a lot of different production on it too. I got Juicy J, David Banner, Soulja Boy – and that’s the production.”
Wayne will also be heading to Europe with Mac Miller and 2 Chainz for a tour later this year with more info to be announced.
Wayne’s first I Am Not a Human Being album was released in the fall of 2010, while Weezy was serving time for possession of a weapon.
- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com