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Unveiled: Riccardo Tisci's Artwork for Jay-Z & Kanye's New Album

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So Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative album Watch the Throne was released Monday exclusively on iTunes and won't hit stores until Friday—some people are not so psyched about that—but we've got a sneak peek at the album artwork, which was done by Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci.

According to the press notes, the album's angular lines and bold colors are "symbols of masculinity for two of the most iconic rap figures of our time." Tisci also included blurred religious iconography and his signature prints—incorporating architectural themes, animal faces, layering, raw materials, and symmetric shapes.

"I am honored to have been asked to be part of this incredible music moment with such amazing artists," Tisci said. "I am impressed by the amount of respect they have for music and art. We share the same way of working—like a family."
· Watch the Throne, $14.99 at iTunes