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Lyor Cohen 'Had No Idea' Kanye West Was Going to Post MAGA Hat Photo on Social Media

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Lyor Cohen attends the Music Keynote during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. 

Last month, Kanye West irked fans when he released a photo of him donning a MAGA hat alongside YouTube's Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen and Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge by his side.

In a new interview with Pitchfork, Cohen opened up about the fiasco that caused West to be lambasted on social media and the awkward "OK" gesture he threw up in the picture that had people assuming he was an alt-right supporter.

“Isn’t that scuba for when you’re in the water and you’re all good?” Cohen said in reference to his "OK" sign in the photo. “We were [in Calabasas] because Kanye wanted to play us some music," recalled Cohen. "I was on the way to the restroom and there was Lucian and Kanye was coming out, and he said, ‘Oh wow, we’re all together. Let’s take a photo.’ I thought he was going to take a photo and send it to Lucian and myself. I had no idea that he was going to put that on social media.”

Despite West's ill-advised decision, Cohen told Pitchfork that Kanye's new music sounds "amazing," before commenting, “I don’t love his politics but I was really impressed with the music. I think he’s doing himself a disservice by not leading with the music.”

West will be releasing his new effort June 1 and his joint collaboration with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts, on June 8.