Kanye West 'just joking' in piracy post

Kayne West says he was joking with a recent piracy post on social media. Photo / Getty
Kayne West says he was joking with a recent piracy post on social media. Photo / Getty

Kanye West was just joking when he suggested he was a fan of music piracy in a recent post online.

The US rap star courted controversy last week when he shared a Twitter photo of a computer screen, which clearly 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 snap prompted Deadmau5 to attack West online, while the rapper quickly hit back by ridiculing the electronic artist in another of his infamous rants.

West has since attempted to clear up the controversy by insisting the photo post was meant as a "funny" prank, Billboard.com reports.

"It's funny because, you know, it's obviously not my computer," he claimed during an exchange with the paparazzi.

More from Spy:
Bullied X Factor star still shocked by Kills, Moon
Farrier's film hits bumps in Bible Belt

"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 new album, The Life of Pablo, had been illegally downloaded over half a million times within days of its release.

- AAP

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf02 at 10 Dec 2016 04:41:53 Processing Time: 549ms