Kanye West caused a stir Tuesday night when he tweeted a picture of his computer that showed a tab open for the Pirate Bay. Electronic artist Deadmau5 took aim at the rapper, calling West a “dick” and proposing a Kickstarter to help him afford the software many perceived him to be downloading illegally. West took to Twitter on Wednesday to respond.
Though West didn’t address Deadmau5’s specific complaint — or acknowledge that he was torrenting in any way — he provided a series of broader, and increasingly provocative, criticisms of the musician, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman.
“@Deadmau5 … is this person’s name pronounced dead-mow-five?” began West, asking the question many others pondered in 2009. “# ok very serious question…,” he continued. “# whose job is it to carry the head on the plane # hash tag # do you check the mickey mouse head or carry on # does it get hot? # ok another super serious question … is there a portable fan situation?” Legitimate questions from a 38-year-old apparently new to all things Deadmau5.
From there, West’s tone took a harsher turn. “# hash tag you raised Tidal’s subscriptions by a whopping [three mouse emoji] downloads,” he wrote, criticizing his fellow TIDAL-affiliated artist. “# I’m bored ### when you get married will your wife have a giant minnie mouse head? # This brightened up my day… thank you dead-mow-five.”
West then imagined a scenario where his daughter North’s birthday party would include a Deadmau5 performance. “Do you do birthday parties??” he asked. “My daughter loves Minnie mouse… can you please bring the minnie mouse head … not yours she specifically likes minnie mouse … I need you to perform at her party with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five head… not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five head. I’m very detail oriented and I will know the difference so don’t try to just throw a bow on the original head…”
“I want to stream you performing in a Minnie Mouse head on @Tidal,” he concluded, tagging the wrong TIDAL account. (TIDAL’s official Twitter handle is @TidalHiFi.)