(TMZ) - So much for a cooler, calmer Kanye.

TMZ reports that West emerged from a restaurant in L.A. over the weekend, and exploded on a photog - not a TMZ guy - screaming at the cameraman to stop taking photos, ASAP.

Minutes before the incident, Kanye had banged his head into a metal sign while trying to hide his face from a pack of paparazzi, and blamed it on the snappers.

According to TMZ, West restrained himself from going after the paps in the moments after the head-slamming, only to emerge from the eatery minutes later, even angrier than he was before.

TMZ reports that the pap told West he had just arrived on the scene - and meant no harm.

West eventually turned around and went back into the restaurant.

I would Probably do the same if I was in Kanye shoes!

*Warning: Explicit Language