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Troubled musician Kanye West, 38, supposedly had a meltdown backstage at the Saturday Night Live taping. Of course someone conveniently recorded the mishap and sold the audio to the NY Post's Page Six.

According to Page Six, West yells "Don't f--- with me" at production staff for taking apart his stage. "Look at that shit, they took my f---ing stage off of SNL without asking me. Now I'm bummed. That and Taylor Swift fake ass."

The fact that gossip tabloid TMZ.com didn't purchase the audio is probably a good indication that Kanye knew he was being recorded and that this audio is yet another publicity stunt to raise awareness for his new album, The Life of Pablo.

These stunts are getting so old and tiresome.

Meanwhile, PEOPLE.com interviewed a close friend of Kanye's who said West's antics are no cause for alarm.

"I haven't felt personally concerned about his well being," says West's longtime friend. "Every time I talk with him – which is almost every day – he's extremely good-natured, [and] in a great mood."

But West's longtime collaborator, Rhymefest, ended his association with the rapper, and tweeted that Kanye should seek help for his mental disorder.

Listen to the audio below. WARNING: Excessive profanity!