Kanye West — FLIPS OUT on Photog After Slamming Head on Sign

So much for a cooler, calmer Kanye …

West just emerged from a restaurant in L.A. and exploded on a photog — not a our sources 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.

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.

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. It”s unclear if Kanye ever laid a hand on the photog.

Inhale, exhale …