The Japanese artist was surprised when Kanye tweeted out his art.
One of the most intriguing of Kanye West's Twitter ramblings has been the announcement of his Kids See Ghost collaboration with Kid Cudi. While the two have worked together in the past, they had a very public falling out and many had predicted we would not hear any future collabs between them. Then, their situation got patched up and Ye and Cudi became good friends once again. With Kids See Ghost on the horizon, the two have the potential to make magic yet again and the artwork alone has people excited about the project.
Among his many tweets this week, Kanye shared an image of artwork designed by famed Japanese designer Takashi Murakami, depicting both rappers as animations and a spray-paint written font spelling "Kids See Ghosts." In an interview with Complex, Murakami explained how the work came to be, saying, "Last year, Kanye and Kid Cudi said they wanted to come to my studio. They gave me a month notice, and maybe it was July or August that they came." Apparently, Cudi and Ye put on an impromptu performance of one of their songs with Cudi on the guitar during the meeting. Murakami continued that he was unsure where everything was headed, "The visual you saw on Twitter was something that me, my assistants, Kanye, and his assistants all got together for. We drew different ideas on a paper. That was the very rudimental plan. But then nothing came of it, so I didn’t know what was happening."
Murakami was shocked when Ye tweeted out the artwork as he had not heard anything from them in a while. The artist goes into detail about the cover here, as well as some other collaborations he is working on.