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The original painting from Barnes, who died in 2009, was used as the cover for late R&B singer Marvin Gaye's 1976 'I Want You' album, which also serves as inspiration for Lil B's cover since it uses similar colors. Previously, Bronx rap group Camp Lo used an image inspired by Barnes' painting for the cover their 1997 debut, 'Uptown Saturday Night.'
However, Lil B's version is more club scene than juke joint. "Pretty much the album cover, you see, it's the three sides of the slavery, mental slavery and mental freedom at the ending where everybody is happy," Lil B explained to MTV News. "The reason why I did the 'I'm Gay' album, I really seen that the hip-hop community is being very close-minded and very hateful, very violent."
There is no set release date yet for 'I'm Gay.' In other music news, the West Coast rhymer revealed that he recorded a brand new track with Lil Wayne, which will find its way on the Young Money leader's forthcoming mixtape, 'Sorry 4 the Wait.'