Earlier today (Aug. 18), the notoriously cranky EDM producer tweeted at the R&B superstar with a cryptic message alleging that he’d done something very, very uncool, although he didn’t specify the singer’s supposed offense other than to post a link to Trey Songz’ recent single, “Touchin, Lovin,” taken from his most recent album, Trigga.
Deadmau5 followed the initial tweet with more thoughts on the track, adding such missives as “why can’t these f–king pop acts just rip off Sandstorm or something?” in reference to Darude’s massive 1999 hit, “Sandstorm,” followed by, “whats this guy worth? a million or 2? even if i had no f–king talent whatsoever, bet i could find a f–king kid to ‘make a beat’ for 500$.’
Amid the Twitter tirade, Deadmau5 also sent a message to fellow EDM hitmaker, Calvin Harris, simply saying, “I’m mad” with a sad-face emoji.
(@deadmau5) August 18, 2014
That message led fans to believe that the cause of Deadmau5’s derision is the melody to “Touchin, Lovin” (featuring Nicki Minaj) bearing a resemblance (albeit in slowed-down fashion) to Harris’ 2009 single, “I’m Not Alone.”