Diddy Picks Random Blogger’s Photo for ‘Last Train’ Cover
Fans may have been surprised when Diddy debuted the album art for his group Diddy-Dirty Money‘s upcoming album ‘Last Train to Paris,’ but there’s a story behind the artistic snapshot. Australian photographer Jarrod ‘Jrod’ Kimber, who took the snapshot while at Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou during a 2008 vacation, recently took to his blog to explain how Interscope Records contacted him to acquire the photo for the album after discovering it on his site.
“Interscope emailed me repeatedly, and then called me, they wanted one of my photos for the album cover,” he wrote. “Who was I to argue? Especially as they were going to pay me. So I gave them my picture, and then I had to wait for the album to get made. For some reason I never asked where on the cover the photo would go. I assumed the back cover with some writing over the top, I like my photo and all, but I never really saw it as front of an album cover material. Apparently I was wrong.”
Kimber explained that he wasn’t a professional and took the picture on a small camera, describing the situation as ‘the most random thing to ever happen to me.’ He also addressed the backlash the cover has received from fans, writing, “I can see why some of his fans might see it as whack. It isn’t really a cover aimed at the majority of people who buy Diddy records.”
The album, which has faced numerous delays, is Diddy’s fifth studio release, the first co-starring ex-Danity Kane member Dawn Richard and Kalenna. Boasting an electronic dance sound, the album has already spawned the hit single ‘Hello Good Morning‘ featuring T.I. and ‘Angels’. ‘Last Train to Paris’ will hit stores June 29.