Cruel Summer (2012)
Singles: "Mercy," "Cold," "New God Flow," "Clique"
Art Direction: DONDA/Virgil Abloh
Designer: Joe Perez
Cruel Summer was the first album to explicity feature art from Kanye's new company, DONDA, which he announced on Twitter. Virgil Abloh and Joe Perez took over the art direction to make this cover an exceptional, statuesque art piece. The cover also came with a few promotional advertisements showing 3D renditions of the woman featured on the front.
Joe Perez said that it was a 400-hour creative process in total. Whether intentional or not, the cover bears a striking resemblance to Maurizio Catalan's bust of model, Stephanie Seymour.