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Zayn Malik Defends 'Mind of Mine' Album Artwork

Zayn Malik Defends 'Mind of Mine' Album Artwork

Zayn Malik weaves his way through the crowd with some help outside the Warwick in Hollywood on Thursday night (February 18).

After getting criticism over his Mind of Mine album artwork, the 23-year-old “Pillowtalk” singer took to Twitter to defend it, after comparisons were stuck between it and Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV.

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“I’m not tryna be no rapper, my album is me [as] a child. My ideas have been with me a long time,” Zayn wrote.

He added later, “”Use your brain, appreciate art don’t discriminate what you don’t understand.”

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  • Abequa234

    Wayne wasn’t the first person to use a picture of themselves as a kid for an album cover so this makes no sense. Of course this kind of stuff usually never makes sense…..

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    it’s hard to come up with original ideas for that sort of thing … it doesn’t matter what the music or artwork is like … teens will buy anything a cute person tells them to.

  • jh7058622

    It’s not just that though… he even put his grown up tats on his childhood photo which is exactly what Wayne did. It’s clearly inspired by his album cover.

  • Guestz

    http://www.musictimes.com/articles/21473/20141225/8-album-covers-with-childhood-photo-artist-lil-wayne-kendrick-lamar-nas.htm

    Many artists have used childhood pictures. Nobody accused Lil Wayne of “copying” Nas or the Notorious BIG.

    Zayn was defending himself against people claiming he was trying to be like Lil Wayne which is not the case.

  • Guestz

    I doubt it was clearly inspired directly for that one subtle similarity. Like I said earlier, a number of artists have used childhood pictures, Lil Wayne did not invent that trend. It is a well known form of iconography.

    They both have tattoos and that is where the additional similarity occurred. It is not as noticeable on Lil Wayne’s. Zayn’s haters are just trying to stir up controversy like they always do.

    1D’s material certainly hasn’t been original either from their songs to their music videos. It is inevitable that there will be comparisons or similarities to other artists whether deliberate or not.

  • Glyn Ruck

    The concept is not unique. Have you any idea how many artists have done this over the years? Who did Lil’ Wayne steal it from? Difficult to tell it’s been done so often. What makes it unique is that the pic is of Zayn as a child overlaid with HIS recent tats! All these kiddie fandoms are pathetic & petty!!