Kanye West’s sixth studio album, Yeezus, very nearly took a different direction entirely with his team contemplating a different name altogether.
The record, which was released in 2013 through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records, features a host of well-known names such as Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean and more.
Like most of West’s creative outputs, he considered every eventuality when in the pre-planning of his record. Having recruited Rick Rubin to help strip down the sound of Yeezus to take it into a minimalist direction, West Did the same when hiring a number of different graphic designers to lead the visuals.
Joe Perez, a designer who has previously worked with West on albums such as The Life of Pablo and Cruel Summer, has been scouring his archives to dig out lost projects over the years. When Perez found some early graphics he created for West’s sixth studio album, he uncovered the concept was close to the final release but the album title name had changed.
“Before naming the album Yeezus, the title was ‘Thank God For Drugs’ and featured artwork by George Condo,” he wrote in a post on social media while sharing examples of the work. See them, below.