When Zayn Malik unveiled the cover art for his debut solo album, Mind of Mine, one couldn't help but notice that the image of Zayn as a child with his grown-up tattoos recalled Lil Wayne's artwork for both Tha Carter III and Tha Carter IV. Judge for yourself:
Less than 24 hours after releasing the cover, Malik hopped on social media to defend the image as original.
I'm not tryna be no rapper , my album is me a child .. My ideas have been with me a long time,— zayn (@zaynmalik) February 19, 2016
Use your brain, appreciate art don't discriminate what you don't understand— zayn (@zaynmalik) February 19, 2016
Lil Wayne has yet to comment on the matter. The album artwork was unveiled prior to Zayn's performance of new song "It's You" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Mind of Mine is due out Mar. 25. Lead single "PillowTalk" debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart earlier this month.
Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Raymond Hall/GC Images
Keith Tsuji/Getty Images
Pierre Suu/Getty Images
Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Jeff Kravitz/OneD/Getty Images