Why all the fuss over an album cover you may ask? Well, a few weeks ago, local rapper AKA got fans involved in the design process of the cover of his new album 'Touch My Blood' by creating the #TouchMyBloodChallange.
Fans were asked to submit artwork for consideration, which would fall into the same selection pool as AKA's design team's ideas.
Long story short, AKA chose a winner but the fan's artwork will not feature as the front cover but as the back cover, and Twitter was pretty miffed about it.
Despite some tweeples annoyance, others thought that the winner's accomplishment needs to be celebrated and not marred by complaints. One fan even commended the 'Star Signs' hitmaker for "empowering the youth".
Everyone is making it hard for @LonerTK to be celebrated,can we futsekis AKA later and just give props to the artist that won yow.— WHY U SWEATIN' ME. (@CHIPO_iweh) May 8, 2018
Enough Said. Can we please take a moment to genuinely thank everyone who took part in the #TouchMyBloodChallange, Congratulate @LonerTK for getting the internship and Thank @akaworldwide & @princecostinyo for empowering the youth and always on a mission to change peoples lives— Johnny Ye (@Johnnyye_) May 8, 2018
AKA defended his choice on Twitter, saying although the submissions were from "skilled and super talented people", but he felt they "didn’t manage to capture the feeling" he was looking for.
Personally, there were so many covers that while they were super dope, didn’t manage to capture the feeling I was looking for. Doesn’t mean the people who made them aren’t skilled or super talented.— AKA (@akaworldwide) May 8, 2018
He also announced that he would be selecting four interns to work on his upcoming projects and that the winner will be gifted with Reebok apparel and a year's supply of Cruz Vodka.
We gonna do FOUR internships instead of one . how does that sound? #TouchMyBloodChallange 💉— AKA (@akaworldwide) May 8, 2018
.@LonerTK will be getting a monthly salary, He will also be provided with @ReebokClassicCA apparel and @Cruzvodka Watermelon for the whole year— Beam Group (@BeamGroup_) May 9, 2018
Thank you @akaworldwide & @princecostinyo #TouchMyBloodChallenge pic.twitter.com/lwHCNCilJZ