Deadmau5 hits out at ‘dick’ Kanye West for appearing to illegally download music software

Rapper criticised after posting an incriminating screenshot to Twitter

Electronic producer Deadmau5 has publicly criticised Kanye West after a tweet posted by the rapper appeared to show him illegally downloading music-making software owned by the EDM star.

West recently took to Twitter to upload a screenshot of himself listening to singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens’ track ‘Death With Dignity’ on Youtube.

Deadmau5 later responded with a cropped and zoomed version of the screengrab, showing tabs open that included a torrent to the Serum software, which is produced by Xfer Records, a label co-founded by Deadmau5 himself. See that tweet below.

The EDM producer wrote: “What the fuck @kanyewest… Can’t afford serum? Dick.” He later added: “Let’s start a Kickstarter to help @kanyewest afford a copy of Serum… He needs a small loan of 200$ #prayforyeezy”.

Kanye West’s camp has since clarified the rapper’s tweets to Pitchfork. The report says: “The laptop in question is not Kanye’s. He posted the tweet as a joke, referring to the rampant piracy of The Life of Pablo. The computer is a Samsung. Kanye only uses Macs.”

West and Deadmau5 are both artist-owners of Jay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal. They appeared together at the Tidal launch last year.

The rapper only released his latest album ‘The Life Of Pablo’ last month (February 14), but has reportedly already started work on its follow-up, currently titled ‘Turbo Grafx 16’. West was recently pictured in the studio with producer Mike Dean, collaborator Kid Cudi, plus others.