(AllHipHop News) Pusha T sparked some controversy when he and Kanye West decided to use a picture of Whitney Houston's drug-infested bathroom for the Daytona album cover. Even Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown blasted the two artists.
However, legendary singer/songwriter/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds suggested Pusha's artwork could have a positive outcome. The 11-time Grammy winner spoke with Rob Markman of Genius about the image associated with his late musical collaborator.
"It was apart of her history. It's something that actually happened, and the truth is you can't whitewash it. It was real," said Edmonds. "If that picture may stop another young artist from going down that road, then I would hope it that way."
He added, "You can't close your eyes and act like it didn't happen and put someone on a pedestal and only leave them on the pedestal. You have to accept everything that was part of them... Maybe it was in bad taste, but at the same time, it was a reality that's kind of a warning sign to younger artists: this is what can happen if you go down that road."
Babyface and Whitney Houston worked together on hit songs such as "I'm Your Baby Tonight," "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and "When You Believe." The iconic songstress passed away in 2012 by accidental drowning from the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.