Video interview shows Kanye addressing recent Twitter feud
The latest comments – in which he calls the mouse headed DJ a hypocrite for using ‘pirated software’ and admitting to it – come after a week long Twitter row in which the rapper and producer came to blows when an apparent post on Twitter showed West using ‘illegal software’.
Billboard reports that Kanye answered the questions of paparazzi at length at LAX airport, where he spoke out about the recent feud with Deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman).
“It’s obviously not my computer,” says West. “I took a picture of it in the studio and everyone was like, “Don’t put that up!” Blah, blah, blah. I was like, let it go up.”
“I think there are people in the music industry, realistically, as you saw with the deadmau5 thing, where he actually said he used it before,” referencing an old tweet from 2013.
You can watch a video of the interview below:
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.