Kanye West Banned Album Cover a Publicity Stunt? 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'

kanye cooking up a contrived controversy

Kanye West spun a pretty good line of bull on his Twitter page last night.  It seems the cover art that he chose for his new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy really is too twisted -- at least that is what the rapper would like his fans to believe.

West 'tweeted': "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!  Nirvana can have a naked human being on their cover but I can't have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.  They don't want me chillin on the couch with my phoenix."

The Los Angeles Times has spoken to an Island Def Jam source who said the label "strongly urged" Kanye to dump the image but left it up to his own discretion and stated they would support his decision either way.

That said, dare we suggest that it is merely a publicity stunt?