The Game has released the official artwork for his Jesus Piece album, which is different than the controversial depiction of Jesus Christ that will appear on the deluxe edition of his set.
The new image is a picture of his brother, Jevon, who was killed at age 21 after being shot in a gas station. The words “In Loving Memory Of…” introduce the picture. Under the image of Jevon, these dates appear: “Born 12-23-74 Died 5-21-95.” (see album art below)
The Game released the album art for the deluxe edition in October and found himself in the midst of a storm of criticism. The image for the deluxe album shows Jesus Christ with a blinged-out necklace and a “Jesus piece” medallion hanging around his neck; a tattoo tear on his cheek; and wearing a red bandanna mask, which represents Game’s Blood gang affiliation. [See image here]
Game, who said he was recently Baptized, stands by his take on Jesus and Christianity.
“I got tattoos from my face to my legs,” he told CBS Local. ”I got five bullet wounds. But I’m a family man and I do believe in God and I do want to go to heaven. That’s my constant struggle. What I am trying to do with this album is show people, you can become as close to God as you want to be without changing who you are.”
Check out what “the streets” had to say about Jesus Piece, which will hit stores December 11. —E. Parker, CBS Local