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Kanye West Will be the First Rapper to Grace the Cover of The New Yorker

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Fairly or unfairly, The New Yorker magazine is often characterized as a stuffy periodical for the Upper East Side set. Its mascot -- a monocle brandishing dandy who goes by the name Eustace Tilley -- certainly reinforces the perception. Truth is, The New Yorker's illustrated covers are oftentimes wry, sharp and witty, as evidenced by next week's issue, featuring a beaming Kanye West on the cover. He displays in his hands a newspaper headline trumpeting a Trump victory over West, presumably for the 2020 presidential election. The illustration is inspired, of course, by the famous photo from 1948, in which presidential long-shot Harry Truman holds up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune, mistakenly declaring a Dewey victory. As illustrator Barry Blitt puts it, "Kane West’s announcement of his intention to seek the Presidency reminds us that it’s not too early to start thinking about the 2020 campaign. (2016’s already old hat by now, anyway).” Check out the original image below.