Kanye West feuds with Deadmau5 over piracy

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Kanye West has hit back at fellow musician Deadmau5 after he accused the US rapper of piracy.

The 38-year-old hip-hop star hit headlines after Deadmau5 branded Kanye a "dick" on social media for sharing a picture of his computer with an internet browser tab open for pirating website Pirate Bay. The image suggested he was illegally downloading synthesiser software Serum, which is sold by the electronic artist's Xfer Records.

"What the f*** @kanyewest..." Deadmau5 wrote. "Can't afford serum? Dick. Let's start a Kickstarter to help @kanyewest afford a copy of Serum. He needs a small loan of 200$ #prayforyeezy."

Not one to hold his tongue, West took to Twitter to hit back at Deadmau5 and launch his latest tirade online. He didn't explain why he had been browsing Pirate Bay, instead focusing on attacking the dance star, who is known for wearing an oversized mouse head during his sets.

"@Deadmau5 ... is this person's name pronounced dead-mow-five?" he began. "# ok very serious question...# 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? (sic)"

While his tweets were initially quite tongue in cheek, West then took a harder line with the 35-year-old Canadian, who also happens to be a fellow co-owner of streaming service TIDAL.

"# hash tag you raised Tidal's subscriptions by a whopping (three mouse emoji) downloads," he criticised. "# 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.(sic)"

Deadmau5 is yet to reply to West's series of tweets.