Diddy, Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine and photographer Rafael Mazzucco have collaborated to create something that begs the question as to whether it’s a work of art, or just an insult. It’s a book titled Culo by Mazzucco, and it features nothing but women’s bootius maximus.
Naturally there will be those, mostly women no doubt, who will take offense to the subject material. Much like porn, this booty book may be interpreted as an extreme objectification of women. Conversely, there’s the artistic explanation, as explained by booty book executive producer Diddy,

“Raphael is a true artist,” Diddy claims. “He relies on instinct – capturing a raw, natural sense of beauty through his lens in Culo by Mazzucco that celebrates the female form. His work is passionate and powerful.”

Culo, from the Italian word buttocks, was a labor of passion according to Mazzucco who said, “I wrestled for weeks with ideas about how to tackle this concept… I have relished every brush stroke, every hypnotic flash in which I reach deep down into my gut and pull out a glimpse of the world as only I see it.” Sounds lovely. But at the end of the day, Culo is a posterior picture book that treads the thin line between smut and art. The 240-page book can also be viewed as an insensitive depiction, as it objectifies women by way of dismemberment.

But of course, it’s all about the bottom line, according to Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine who says Culo by Mazzucco represent the label’s attempt at diversifying. He says, “We at Interscope put projects out with anyone we believe has a great idea and is a true talent, whether it’s a musician, photographer, software developer, or technology innovator. Raphael fits perfectly into what we do. Interscope Records has always been a heat-seeking missile when it comes to shifts in popular culture, whether inciting them or reacting to them swiftly. The impetus for this book is a little of both.”

Hey Clutch folks, what’s your take on Diddy & Interscope’s newest posterior-oriented venture? Are they really on some artistic ish, or is this just some run-of-the-mill soft-core porn?

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  • Mr. Man

    @s.bella
    theres no way I’m clicking on your link, but I never would I have thought such a thing existed

  • secret ninja

    “I wrestled for weeks with ideas about how to tackle this concept… I have relished every brush stroke, every hypnotic flash in which I reach deep down into my gut and pull out a glimpse of the world as only I see it.”

    lmao! this statement is hilarious! the childish side of me sees all kinds of puns that can be done with this (can i publish my “Your Butt’s Like…” book? just say “your butt’s like and add any tag line from a commercial. ex: “your butt’s like Skittle’s, taste the rainbow”)

    the adult side of me can’t get over how ridiculous this statement sounds. he can’t be serious. how much can you do with a butt besides the obvious? and the fact that Diddy is attached to this…

  • what next? the wonderful shapes of doo doo?

    an artbook of homeless people’e pee stains?

    book on the shapes made in dirty pads and tampons?

    oh its art though.. okay LOL

  • Jenn

    I’d have to see the photography to be sure, but as it stands this just sounds like raw objectification. Even if it’s beautifully done.

    That being said I wouldn’t reduce the discussion to art vs. porn. There’s a lot of middle ground.