Kanye West just can't win.
The thought-filter challenged Chicago rapper/producer/gadfly/awards show menace is finishing work on his fifth studio album in six years - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". Normally a cause for celebration. But hold on, controversy has a habit of following West around.
Late Sunday afternoon he tweeted that his album art had been nixed by the nefarious "they":
Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few...
Side note: If you aren't following Kanye on Twitter, get on it now. He might be the best thing going in the microblogisphere.
But the days of keeping things under wraps are long behind us and, as promised, Kanye delivered the album art seen to the right via his Twitter stream. You may not be able to buy it anywhere, but there it is for free via TwitPic.
Banned in the USA!!! They tried to play me fam! They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!
Now, this being Kanye, who knows if it's the real album cover he had planned. But, as always, it does make for a fun moment in the spotlight.
He went on on Twitter to criticize the "they" - he's yet to elaborate - and the history of nudity on album covers.
In the 70s album covers had actual nudity... It's so funny that people forget that... Everything has been so commercialized now.
And there's this thought as his stream of consciousness continued:
I know that cover just blew yall minds ... I wish yall could see how hard I'm smiling right now!!!
More likely to come.
UPDATE: West continued to rap up on Twitter, defending the art direction and his artistic vision in regard perceived appropriateness:
In all honesty ... I really don't be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!
I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.