Holy controversy. Check out the cover of rapper The Game’s new album released today. Here’s the Wikipedia description, for what it’s worth:

The Game released a controversial artwork of the album via Instagram on October 21, 2012 and also announced the release date will be December 11. The cover portrays a dark-skinned Jesus in a stained glass window with a teardrop tattoo, a red bandanna around his mouth, and he is wearing a Jesus piece.[13] In the artwork beside Jesus, are symbols of cannabis sativa leaves. The stained glass-inspired image shows Jesus sitting on a throne adorned with gang-related symbols. In the artwork, Jesus is holding a gold “Jesus Piece” chain and pointing to a symbol on his breast plate. The red bandana over his mouth is a reference to the Compton Piru Bloods gang, to which Game is allegedly a member.[14] The coconut tree symbolises the Tropics and leisure life. The artwork has a slightly altered logo on the top, which features on all of the previous Game’s studio albums. The album’s title Jesus Piece is stylized as Je5us Piece, depicting that it is Game’s fifth studio album. Je5us Piece logo is styled after the iconic Louis Vuitton. The religious imagery of the art has gained mixed reviews and the ire of some fans who deem the work as blasphemous.[15]Several celebrities praised the artwork including, rap veteran Busta RhymesMac Miller and Kevin Hart.[16]

Reaction today on Twitter is mixed:



We agree with “dope,” though we know it doesn’t mean what the Jesus Piece cheerleaders think it means.

Exit question: Would The Game dare to do to Allah what he did to Jesus Christ? Just asking, though we already know the answer.

Peace out.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Pfft. It’s not blasphemous, just juvenile.

  • celsma

    Yup, “The Game” too sissy to do Muhammad.

  • Andrew Young


  • http://blackpeopleloveus.com/ Rex

    What does Allah have to do with anything?

  • SwTk

    It’s a moron thang. I wouldn’t understand.

  • JonInVA

    Put Mohammed on there and he’d be on a fatwa list. But slander Jesus and he’s “cool”

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      put mohammed on there and you’ll wind up in jail

      • http://www.facebook.com/jmcenanly James McEnanly

        If you’re lucky. You’d think that they’d be suffering from fatwa fatigue by now

    • CadillacSid

      Put Moses on there and watch the Jewish lobby and watch the media “crucify” your career

      • TocksNedlog

        Perhaps you have not been watching “the media” lately. These days they seem to be down with some of that good ol’ anti-Semitic home cookin’.

    • ron_perry

      But he’s ( rapper ) christian or at least was brought up in christian background.
      You’re quite dumb and but you’re not alone possessing this rotten islamophobe misanthropic state of mind.

  • Purple State

    Jesus and Allah have completely different cultural associations and connotations. Is Twitchy suggesting that they’re interchangeable, and thus, equivalent?

    • TocksNedlog

      This is true . . . people don’t commit mass murder in Jesus’s name so much anymore.

      • CadillacSid

        clearly you haven’t heard of Joseph Kony, or maybe you did on youtube because your media was to busy villifying muslims? i got news for you, both judaism and christianity have done more harm then Islam

        • TocksNedlog

          I find your lack of faith — in reality — disturbing.

        • Shelley O’Hara Plunkett

          Joseph Kony is not a Christian….nor is anyone else who rapes children, kidnaps people, kills for any reason besides self defense or defense of home and family. I can call myself a doctor all day long but I doubt that you’d let me do surgery on you without a good track record as a surgeon. Kony doesn’t have any track record for following Christ. He’s clearly not a Christian. Most people down through history who killed in the name of Christ weren’t either so your argument is pointless.

          • CadillacSid

            Wrong, hes trying to instill a law based on the ten commandments while raping and molesting children. Based on your logic, i could say ALL Christians are child rapist but i dont. I understand their are some people out there who will distort religon to fit their extreamist views , thus making them EXTREMIST’S, sound familiar?

  • Stranded in Sonoma

    Hey! The Game! Do album number six as “Mohammed’s 6ame.” I’m sure nothing would happen to you. Because islam is the religion of piece peace.

  • http://twitter.com/jaymachael jay machael

    Who is the game? Just another irrelevant rapper. Sad thing in the day i use to listen to hip hop, Now it is just a bunch of fly-by-night rejects. No staying power

    • Zane Henry

      I gave up after Boogie Down and Public Enemy. The offspring of those innovators are nothing but peacocking copycats.

    • That Boy Dex

      First time I’ve seen somebody call a rapper irrelevant, even though they have 3 platinum albums and is one of the most well known

      • TocksNedlog

        And, as we all know, popularity and name recognition trumps quality and staying power every time.

        • That Boy Dex

          Game’s music is subpar, but that was beside the point. The point is, you can’t be “irrelevant” if people know who you are.

          • TocksNedlog

            Tell that to “The Situation”.

          • That Boy Dex

            I know who that is and I don’t even watch that show. So the point remains, “can’t be irrelevant if people know who you are.”

          • TocksNedlog

            There are plenty of people whose names are known that have little to no relevance to the course of history. Simply having your name entered into the popular culture of the moment doesn’t mean that anything you do actually matters.

          • That Boy Dex

            What a person does (and the importance of such) has no bearing on if people know who they are. We are using relevance in the context of notoriety here, so if an active rapper has sold over 5 million records and someone calls him irrelevant, that person doesn’t know what they are talking about. Likewise, a TV personality like The Situation has 1 million followers on Twitter, so people care what he says and does. You might not like these people, but they are relevant to the cultures they represent. People know who they are and they will be remembered, just like the ones who came before them. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel for your argument.

          • TocksNedlog

            There are plenty of people whose names are known that have little to no relevance to the course of history. Simply having your name entered into the popular culture of the moment doesn’t mean that anything you do actually matters.

          • That Boy Dex

            I know who that is and I don’t even watch that show. So the point remains, “can’t be irrelevant if people know who you are.”

      • raz0r1

        Well known? 3 platinum albums (which proves nothing nowadays)? Wow, that bar must be low. No wonder music sucks. I’ll stick to Muddy Waters and Wes Montgomery.

  • v1cious

    So tell me: If this is such an issue, why didn’t you bring it up in October when the cover was first revealed?

    • TocksNedlog

      Why didn’t WHO bring it up?

  • purodanone

    This Album Cover lacks spirit, creativity, and so many details in order to become perfect. I love the idea, but it looks like it was drawed by a kid at school. It isn’t perfect. I’m sure it’d look fantastic if Kanye would’ve done it.

  • GermanVitrioleWanted

    That’s crazy. Yeshua was definitely ridin under the 6… shorthand for G.D. In all color coded realities, if you are worshiping the image and likeness of a man (especially as a “God”), you are, by definition, an idolator, a blasphemous person, and with no further equivocation needed, sitting in the proverbial glass house. Very tense within that glass cage of yours… ever hear the Masons say that the Qur’an is for “mature Christians”. Grow up, kids… He was a man who realized his oneness with his Creator, within himself, and became one in being with the effervescent, all knowing consciousness. And instead of duplicating his results… you worship at his feet in hopes that he will forgive you… which by all accounts he already has… Sooo… pffft

    • http://twitter.com/rashiedrushing Rashied Rushing

      You are wrong and know nothing of Christianity or who the Christ actually is: “15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1

  • Gina007

    Jesus was Black?

    • TocksNedlog

      I thought Isaac Hayes was Black Jesus!
      Oh wait, that was Black Moses.

    • Dynamite

      He actually was it says it in the bible.

  • Nonya

    Maybe that’s obama under that bandana, with the tear being, 1st term.
    and that’s actually mohammed’s face on the chain piece. Cuz we all know, they worship the prophet more than they do their god. (caps are left out deliberately, as i haz no respect for them). the backdrop is D.C and also of Hawaii.

    • CadillacSid

      Actually no ,Christians believe Jesus is GOD.Muslims believe they’re both prophets you ignorant fool

      • Guest

        Muslims believe in a pedophile for their “God”. You ignorant fool.

        • http://twitter.com/CindyBP CindyBP

          When islam talks about those 72 virgins, it is in reference to little boys.

          • Guest

            I don’t listen to the religion of hate and pedophiles. I’ll leave that to the uneducated easily led fools.

          • CadillacSid

            Islam never talks about 72 virgins, its just a lie you’ve heard on the media SO MUCH that you believe it to be true. Your just as dumb as those terrorists who believe so.

    • dnoskeam

      ……..and we have no respect y’all, why do you think we bust your heads wide open when y’all try to walk through our neighborhoods? Your god is really the devil, y’all switched their roles.

  • Nonya

    Maybe that’s obama under that bandana, with the tear being, 1st term.
    and that’s actually mohammed’s face on the chain piece. Cuz we all know, they worship the prophet more than they do their god. (caps are left out deliberately, as i haz no respect for them). the backdrop is D.C and also of Hawaii.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.landi.35 Michael Landi

    There is real agenda to remove Christ from anything and everything in America. The liberal putzs that call themselves school administrators have been abusing Christian children’s first amendment rights for the last few years under the “guise of separation of church and state.” Except it’s more like separation FROM church and state. Big difference. And it’s getting worse. The only time when Christ is allowed to be represented publicly is when he is blasphemed like above. Then it’s called art expression. We better start taking this assault seriously, and do something about it. As Christians, turning the other cheek is no longer the proper response. Otherwise, it’s going to end up criminal to even utter His name.

    • el_polacko

      sooo…according to you, the best way to keep jesus’ teachings alive is to completely ignore them.
      you seem to have missed the entire point of ‘turning the other cheek’.
      some 90% of americans self-identify as christian so i think you can come down from the battlements and relax. nobody is out to get you.

      • Samantha Logue

        If you think nobody is “out to get” Christianity you clearly have been living under a rock. Haven’t you heard all of the cases where students weren’t even allowed to thank God in their graduation speeches? Or all of the people up in arms for having “under God” in the pledge of allegiance? Or the fact that Christmas Concerts are now called “holiday” concerts in schools, and Christmas trees are referred to as “holiday” trees by some political leaders? Smothering any mention of God or Jesus, in my opinion, counts as being “out to get” them.

      • ron_perry

        90%?? that number stink since you pulled it out of your lard a$$.

        According to polls ans census 65% at best identify them as christian and maybe 30% as jesus freaks. more and more young people are fleeing organized christianity and religion in general. and thats a great thing, thank god (:

        in 2-3 decades organized christianity would be as popular as joe the plumber.

  • TocksNedlog

    “Piece” out.

  • http://twitter.com/Freedom_1st Rob

    Jesus all dressed up to kill anyone who wears a different colored bandana. How stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/akaymillz A. Luis VII

    Has ANYBODY on this site actually looked into what the cover means in relation to the MUSIC? Bringing Mohammed into the picture is a complete fallacy, the Game is not Muslim and Islam (or their violent tendencies to lash out on blasphemers) does not even belong in the conversation.

  • golfxtz

    People, you can imagine anything you want over this imagery. It really does not mean anything – think about it. It is just a crap drawing. Why conjure up meaningless emotion, over such a worthless publicity stunt?

  • Guest

    What’s wrong with being sexy?

  • sqeptiq

    Allah isn’t anthropomorphized in Islam, unlike Jesus in Christianity. Islam does not conceive of Allah’s physical form, period, so there’s no way to make a picture of Allah in accord with Islamic teachings.

  • gatekeeper96740

    Really Stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/topfortyfiver Carlo Gambino


  • el_polacko

    oh good grief ! MORE ‘outrage’ about nothing ?!? some people need to get a freakin’ life ! jesus (if we are to assume that is who is pictured) has been represented in an untold number of ways…this is just another.

  • Discochip

    Those people are assholes, but they love being assholes. You can’t walk through downtown Pittsburgh on the 4th of July without hearing “gangstas” cursing and calling each other bitch and dawg, and that’s the polite ones. They don’t care if you are with your children and you don’t want to hear their rap music that condones murdering police, calls all women bitches and hoes, and they call each other “my nigga”. Why? Because they are assholes. Rectums personified. They don’t want to work for The White Man, or Uncle Tom, and they never learned a skill or cared about school because they were raised in a family of assholes where there are no parents to hand out discipline and tell them to study hard, stay in school, talk politely, and turn down the music when you are conversing instead of trying to yell over the sound of a boom box. I defy any person with any semblance, if that’s even a word, of music appreciation to tell me the difference between any of the Top 100 rap stars, though I’m sure there must be thousands, since it seems that for every 5 rappers that shoot each other for reasons only known amongst themselves, another 10 rappers spring up to take their place. And people who are assholes will rush out to purchase the newest rap star’s CD because “that shit is the dope”, and he will be proclaimed the New Tupac, until of course he is gunned down in a hail of bullets and rap lyrics which include the words bitches and hoes and condones cop killing. And only an asshole can understand why.

  • CadillacSid

    Why get mad at him? Jews in Hollywood like Sarah Silverman say much worse things on a daily basis and she has a special called “Jesus is magic!”,at least the game actually believes in Jesus Christ.
    and FYI, you’ll NEVER find ONE Muslim slandering any of their prophets..not Jesus, Moses,Abraham or Mohamed

    • ogunsiron

      Haha !
      Don’t expect neocon malkin to denounce the hateful jew sarah Silverman, someone who utterly despises christians.
      She might denounce her as a liberal but she won’t go anywhere near the jew aspect. No way!

  • http://davidhdennis.com/ David H Dennis

    Why is the rapper’s face partially veiled? Just seems odd …

  • Derrick K

    The Game used the album cover to promote his relationship with God. People are too hung up on this idea of Jesus being depicted as a “blood.” The album cover is intended to symbolize that people who have lived a life of crime can still find God in the most unusual ways. Game has been baptized and attends church weekly and most certainly understands Jesus was not part of a street gang. The Jesus is a representation of the Game’s Struggle with street life while attempting to connect with God. It was NOT intended to put down followers of the faith, if anything, It was an attempt to show that Jesus can be anyone and everyone’s savior. Why don’t you ask Game the symbolism before criticizing it?

    • Shelley O’Hara Plunkett

      Game’s foul mouthed rants, blatant disrespect for women, threats, thuggery, and criminal intent clearly shows that he is not at all interested in humbling himself before the maker of the universe. He is interested in molding God into an idol that he can understand and worship without judgement or consequence. If Jesus is like him, then what he (Game) does is acceptable to God. It’s no mystery. People have been playing that “game” since time began. Make God conform to you instead of you conforming to Him that way you can do whatever you please and call yourself sanctified.

  • Brian Moonan

    BLASPHEMERS will be judged by Jesus Christ in the last day.

  • Louie Colon

    There are no pot leaves on the cover… its palm trees… And considering Jesus lived in what would be the Middle East, it’s very likely he’d be tanned if not black… I see nothing wrong with this, as it is art work… 1st amendment folks…