Rapper Kanye West says he was joking when he suggested he was a fan of music piracy in a recent online post.
The 38-year-old “Stronger” hitmaker courted controversy last week when he shared a screen shot on Twitter of a computer screen, which showed an Internet browser tab open to the Pirate Bay website.
The image suggested he was illegally downloading synthesizer software Serum, which is sold by dance star Deadmau5’s Xfer Records.
The picture prompted Deadmau5 to attack West online, while the rapper quickly hit back by ridiculing the electronic artist in another of his infamous rants.
“It’s funny because, you know, it’s obviously not my computer,” he claimed during an exchange with the paparazzi.
“I took a picture of it in the studio, and then everybody was like, ‘Don’t put that up’. I was like, ‘Let it go up’. You know, the irony (is) that that was the site that downloaded a million of my albums (sic)…” he added, referring to reports suggesting his latest album, “The Life of Pablo,” had been illegally downloaded over half a million times within days of it’s February release on Jay Z’s music streaming service