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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 

Ice T & Coco's Nude CD Art Angers Retailers

For the two of you that haven't heard, Ice T, who hosted VH1 Hip-Hop Honors last night, has a new album slated for late October. The problem here is that retailers are scratching their heads over the amateur porn image on the album art:
"Gangsta Rap," Ice-T's first studio album in seven years, shows him lying on his back in bed with his ravishing wife's ample posterior in full view and one of her legs coyly draped over his private parts.

But while the cover just barely steers clear of being pornographic, it's way too suggestive for most retailers, according to Melee Recordings, which is releasing the record on Halloween. "We're getting lots of flak about it. What we're going to have to do is place stickers over parts of the photo to avoid any problems," one rep said. (Via: NY Post)
Now, I also heard that the CD booklet is laced with images of Coco in her birthday suit. I wonder if sales for Gangsta Rap will either sink or surge because of the nudity controversy. Come to think of it, who buys CDs just for the album art in this age of the internet?

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