In a screenshot of a text message, he revealed that he wants the cover to be a photo of Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who performed his mother's final surgery.
Donda West passed away on November 10, 2007 due to heart disease and post-operation complications after plastic surgery.
In Kanye's tweet, he explained that the decision to use Adams' photo as his album cover is an effort to move on from the emotional ordeal. He wrote, "I want to forgive and stop hating."
In a text conversation with someone named Wes—many assume it's collaborator Wes Lang—the two go on to talk about how the artwork conveys Kanye's recent message of spreading love. "I think this is exactly what you should use," Wes says. "Love love love love. I'm so tired of saying and thinking the word hate." He continues, "It's wild man. After the night I came by your house and talked, I've been forgetting and forgiving and only thinking about loving people. That was an important talk for me." Wes also appears to suggest that West name his album Love Everyone, to which Kanye responds, "I love that."
Donda's death has weighed heavily on Kanye over the last decade. When asked about the sacrifice he made for his success in 2015, West told Q Magazine, "My mom... If I had never moved to L.A. she'd be alive. I don't want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears."