Damon Elliott spoke to PEOPLE about the rapper’s resolution to spend $eighty five,000 on a photo that depicted Houston’s leisure room covered in drug-covered spoons and drug paraphernalia for Pusha T’s album DAYTONA — which West produced.
Elliott says he didn’t salvage out about the album artwork till his daughter known as him.
“[She was] frantic. She despatched me this picture from the album conceal and I straight obtained sick to my abdomen because it took me staunch wait on to six years ago,” says Elliot.
“I turned into in actual fact in shock because I’m within the music industry,” he continues, including he had labored with West, forty, on a Keyshia Cole tune.
“I’ve watched the teach ruin going down, however I didn’t dispute he’d trot this some distance in invading somebody’s family privateness,” says Elliott, referencing West’s contemporary scandals on social media.
“To pause something for a publicity stunt to sell data, it’s fully disgusting,” he continues. “It injure my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky.”
Elliott says Houston “by no plot did anything else to him” which made the utilize of the photo first printed by the National Enquirer in 2006 your complete extra hurtful.
The music producer stated he didn’t hear from the “Energy” rapper sooner than he licensed the photo nor after the data broke.
“I accurate desire him to issue me why he did it,” says Elliott. “What’s the artistic facet of this? What’s the point? It reveals no creativity.”
Elliott says he hasn’t heard from Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, however that he did strive to warn his hang mother, Dionne Warwick, asserting, “She had no thought. I’m certain she is conscious of about it now, even supposing.”
He says he wants an apology from West, as well to a promise to swap out the album’s artwork with something else. Elliott is willing for what he’s going to shriek to West if the rapper calls him, alternatively.
“What personal been you pondering? Did you dispute this by? And in case you doubtlessly did, why did you pause this?” says Elliot. “On fable of you’re hurting of us. It knocked the wind out of me final night. When somebody passes, you are making an strive to mourn and pass on and endure in solutions the beautiful cases.”
“Why are you going to pay $eighty five,000 to raise something to the forefront?” he asks.
Pusha T, Forty one, appeared on The Angie Martinez Expose on Wednesday to promote his album, which debuted Friday and printed West had known as him with final-minute modifications to the conceal’s artwork.
“One a.m., my cellular phone rings. No caller ID. [He says,] ‘Hey, yeah, I dispute shall we smooth change the artwork. And I love this other artwork. And this other artwork is eighty five immense,’” he recalled.
“I stated, ‘Hey, I don’t must pay for that and I wasn’t even going to ask you to pay for that. We picked what we picked, it’s here, it’s ready,’” he continued, including West instant him, “‘No, here’s what of us must glimpse to relief firm with this music. Imma pay for that.’ I shriek, ‘You my man! You my man!’”
It is understood West paid to license the picture however it is now not certain if he paid the Enquirer or Houston’s sister-in-law Tina Brown, sister of the singer’s ex-husband Bobby.
Houston turned into found ineffective in a bathe at The Beverly Hilton hotel in 2012. The icon’s death turned into ruled an unintended drowning, with coronary heart disease and cocaine utilize furthermore responsible. In August 2012, her post-mortem stated she furthermore had marijuana, Xanax, Benadryl and other medication in her machine.