#28. Kanye West (Complex, 2008)

Issue: April/May 2008
Art Direction: Kanye West, Chris Milk, & Tim Leong
Photography: Chris Milk

Kanye West doesn't do anything half-assed. So when Complex shot him over the Thanksgiving 2008 holiday, while on a six-hour layover in L.A. while en route from Germany to New Zealand, it should not have been a surprise when he asked to kill the shoot in order to give the cover its due time and consideration. The result? A three-month-long CGI project working with video director Chris Milk, the digital studio behind Benjamin Button, and Complex, working to create a tone-on-tone world of Yeezy's imagining. Lost in a world, indeed.