Bobby Brown wants to ''slap'' Kanye West for using a photograph of Whitney Houston's bathroom for Pusha-T's album artwork.

The 40-year-old rapper sparked controversy after he paid $85,000 for the image of the for the shocking image - which was secretly taken by Whitney's sister-in-law Tina Brown in 2006 - which shows the room littered with drug paraphernalia.

Now, the late singer's 41-year-old ex husband has fired back at Kanye over his decision, telling Rolling Stone magazine: ''Why would he post that on his album cover? That's really disgusting that he would do that.

''That's in really bad taste. Something should happen to Kanye. He's already crazy. I knew that when I first met him.

''Now he's pushing the bar a little bit. He needs somebody to slap him up or something. And I'm just the person to do it.''

Bobby's comments on the issue come after Whitney's cousin Damon Elliott, whose mother is Dionne Warwick, said he only heard about the planned use of the image for 'Daytona' when his daughter told him.

He explained to PEOPLE: ''She was frantic. She sent me this picture from the album cover and I immediately got sick to my stomach because it took me right back to six years ago.

''I was actually in shock because I'm in the music business.

''I've watched the train wreck happening, but I didn't think he'd go this far in invading someone's family privacy.

''To do something for a publicity stunt to sell records, it's absolutely disgusting. It hurt my family and my daughter. It's petty. It's tacky.''

Damon previously worked with Kanye on a Keyshia Cole song and wants the rapper to explain his decision to use the picture.

He said: ''I just want him to tell me why he did it. What is the creative side of this? What's the point? It shows no creativity.

''What were you thinking? Did you think this through? And if you did, why did you do this?Because you're hurting people. It knocked the wind out of me. When someone passes, you try to mourn and move on and remember the good times.

''Why are you going to pay $85,000 to bring something to the forefront?''

The original image was published 12 years ago by the National Enquirer - six years before Whitney's death from accidental drowning aged 48.