Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign recently revealed the cover art of their Vultures 2 album, which is the follow-up to their joint project Vultures 1. But what's the story behind the LP artwork?

Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign Unveil Vultures 2 Album Cover Art

On Saturday (March 9), Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign jumped on social media and unveiled the cover art to their Vultures 2 album, which is the sequel to their joint project, Vultures 1. The LP artwork features a masked figure holding a portrait of what appears to be Ty Dolla's incarcerated brother Big TC.

"VULTURES 2," Ye captioned the post on his Instagram account, which can be viewed below. Ty Dolla shared the same image and caption on his IG page as well.

However, the image of the masked man is not Kanye this time, like the first Vultures cover; it's Ty Dolla $ign. In a comment on his Instagram page, Ty confirmed in an answer to a fan's question about why he wasn't on the cover.

"This is your album to, why you're on in the cover??" fan @music_on.repeat asked.

"this is me holding a picture of my brother Tc fyi," Ty responded.


The rap duo's follow-up project was scheduled to drop on Friday (March 8), nearly a month after their previous album, Vultures 1, hit DSPs on Feb. 10. The album spent two consecutive weeks at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. There's no word on when Kanye and Ty Dolla will release Vultures 2.

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The Story Behind Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign's Vultures 2 Album Cover Art

Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign's Vultures 2 album features Ye holding a photo of Ty Dolla's incarcerated brother, Jabreal Muhammad aka Big TC.

Big TC is currently serving 67 years to life at Calipatria State Prison for first-degree murder that he maintains he didn't commit. Ty Dolla also supports his brother's claim of innocence.

In 2015, Ty Dolla titled his debut album Free TC and featured his brother on the LP track "Miracle/Wherever." In a 2014 interview with XXL, the singer-songwriter explained why he wanted to bring attention to his brother's legal plight through the title of his album.

"[I wanted] to raise awareness to the racial and social injustices and mass incarceration that’s going on in our country right now," Ty Dolla shared with XXL at the time. "This is more than just an album; it’s a movement."

In 2016, Ty Dolla $ign dropped the protest single, "No Justice," which featured Big TC, as well as the documentary Free TC, which can be viewed below.

Directed by Daniel Kaufman, the black-and-white documentary features quotes from TC who is proud of his brother's accomplishments in music.

"In here [prison], music connects me to my freedom," TC states in the doc. "Watching my brother do his thing, it's beautiful, it's amazing. Like I said, he ain't never done nothing else."

Big TC is also featured on Ty Dolla $ign's 2020 single, "Free TC," which can be streamed below.

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Check out Ye and Ty Dolla's Vultures 2 album cover art below. Also, watch Ty Dolla's documentary Free TC below.

See Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign's Vultures 2 Album Cover Art

Watch Ty Dolla $ign's Documentary Free TC

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