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Kanye West's Camp Speaks Out Against Censored Billboard Performance

Did Ye face 'unwarranted censorship?'

Television viewers who watched Kanye West at the Billboard Music Awards this year didn't get to hear all that much of Yeezy. That's because censors muted chunks of the MC's performance.

After the show, some blamed Kanye for the sound issues. TMZ, for example, reported that Ye surprised producers by performing an explicit version of "All Day" at the event. However, Kanye's camp sees things differently.

On Tuesday (May 19), MTV News received the following statement from a Kanye West representative:

"Kanye West was grossly over-censored at the Billboard Music Awards. Non-profane lyrics such as 'with my leather black jeans on' were muted for over 30 second intervals. As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented.

It is ridiculous that in 2015, unwarranted censorship is something that artists still have to fight against.

Although West was clearly set up to face elements beyond his control during the live broadcast, he would like to apologize to the television audience who were unable to enjoy the performance the way he envisioned."

Kanye West is currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming album. Swish, previously titled So Help Me God, has no scheduled release date, but it is reportedly going to feature "All Day," "Only One" and "Wolves."