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Kanye West posts 'banned' NSFW artwork for 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

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Image Credit: Will Ragozzino/Getty ImagesKanye West has cooked up another controversy, this time over the cover art for his upcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

“Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!!” the rapper tweeted last night. He followed up with a link to the supposedly “banned” image, an NSFW painting with a bright red border in which a leering man clutches a green bottle in one hand while being straddled by a naked woman with white feathery wings, a polka-dotted tail, and menacingly sharp teeth. (See it after the jump.) “Banned in the USA!!!” West added via Twitter. “They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix… In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now… So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.”

One slight problem with West’s story: According to the Los Angeles Times, no one exactly “banned” the racy album cover. An anonymous Island Def Jam source tells the Times that while the label “strongly urged” West to ditch the image, he “was told if he wanted to do it, the label would stand behind him.” In other words, he’s almost certainly just trying to stir up some extra buzz for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy‘s expected Nov. 22 release. Can you blame him?

West’s reps have not responded to EW’s request for comment. Check out his “banned” album cover after the jump. What do you think? Are West’s critics making too big a deal about painted nudity, or is he the one wasting our time with a silly publicity stunt?

More: Walmart denies banning Kanye West’s racy cover artwork

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