Carnage removed from Razer for pirate software debacle
Carnage is a douche bag. He may be about to release his debut album, Papi Gordo, and his trap style music is indeed popular, but if you watched his 808 Tutorial video he did for Razer music, you’ll be wondering who his ghostwriter really is. It seems almost unfathomable that the same guy who produced the aforementioned album and a string of veritable trap hits, is the one in the tutorial video.
Okay, there’s certainly something fishy about the Carnage 808 tutorial – and there’s definitely enough ‘doucheness’ going on in it like when he says “I don’t know what it does it just makes everything super louder…” – wow great production advice there dude… but what really is the pits is that this huge earning Trap producer seemed to be using a pirate version of LennarDigital’s popular Sylenth1 softsynth and when called out on it, online his reply was simply “Lmaoooo why wtf does it matter.”
LennarDigital’s reply was to suggest they may take legal action because clearly Carnage doesn’t seem to understand that using pirate software is not cool; not when you’re being paid mega bucks to produce music.
The end result: Razer Music have removed all traces of Carnage from their website and have appeared to sever ties with him although they have not come out and publicly made a statement. The video is no longer on YouTube either.
We’re not sure which was a bigger PR nightmare for Razer Music – the embarrassing video tutorial or his flippant attitude with regards to the cracked software he was using.
Carnage has responded to Razer Music’s purging of his tutorial in an open letter first published on Billboard.
Unsurprisingly Carnage has shifted the blame elsewhere by saying that he was using someone else’s laptop and that he never noticed the illegal software because he was concentrating on the doing the tutorial properly; which by the way he admits he wasn’t properly prepared for.
Carnage has actually blamed the video production crew and ‘dodgy WiFi’ as he says he used one of their staff’s computers. Whichever way one looks at this, it smacks of a genuine lack of professionalism all around. Anyway here’s the letter and a screenshot – courtesy of Billboard – of his email to Razer discussing his laptop issues.
To whom it may concern,
I wanted to write this to set the record straight about Razer.
A couple months back Razer hit me up about a partnership opportunity which resulted in me participating in my now infamous “808 Tutorial.” My debut album, Papi Gordo comes out this Friday (Oct 30th), so I thought this was a great collaboration. In advance, they provided me a laptop and software and I agreed to prep the laptop with everything necessary for the day of the tutorial.
Fast forward to that day… I’d just returned home from a busy weekend of shows and to be honest I’d completely neglected to setup the laptop with the sessions I intended to use, as well as the necessary plugins. Needless to say I wasn’t totally prepared for the session. For that, I’ll assume full responsibility
Before getting to the studio, though, my management told the Razer team that I wasn’t exactly prepared but that I would still be there as planned and would essentially just sort something simple on the fly. The production company doing the shoot sent my manager a email confirming that they had a computer loaded with software on site (check out screenshot of the email below). When I got to the studio, we discussed attempting to quickly setup the laptop that Razer originally sent me, but this took a lot of time and there was an issue with Wi-fi in the studio so I couldn’t set the laptop up properly. And this is where the story begins
In order to get through the tutorial without it taking forever, one of the production staff handed me a laptop that was fully loaded with software. THIS LAPTOP, WHICH WAS NOT MY LAPTOP, BUT PROVIDED DIRECTLY BY THE VIDEO PRODUCTION CREW is what was used in the tutorial. From the USB, I loaded my project files onto the laptop they’d provided and my focus in the moment was to simply get through the tutorial. I paid no attention to the fact that the computer they gave me had cracked software!
The tutorial comes out and of course, everybody has something to say. People are critiquing everything from my production techniques, to the way I talk. This is something I’ve gotten used to over the past couple years. It comes with the territory. Fine, I’ll take it.
Then, out of nowhere comes the mention of me using a cracked version of Sylenth1.
For once, I actually decide to hold my tongue. I know what’s true so before saying anything publicly to disrespect Razer, I reach out to them and ask for them to issue a statement making things right. They knew what happened, and they decided to do nothing.
Prior to this, we’d both discussed the negativity surrounding the tutorial and agreed that for the sake of both of our brands it’d be best that the tutorial be taken down. That decision was made together. This was mutual…just to set the record straight.
At this point, I feel I’ve done my best to approach this situation in the most diplomatic way. If Razer isn’t willing to accurately address the issue, I have no choice but to defend myself. I didn’t get this to this place in my career by backing down to anybody and I damn sure am not going to start now. The truth is the truth. I gladly invite anyone from Razer or the production staff on the shoot to respond to or dispute any of this.
– PAPI GORDO
What do you think? Is Carnage being treated fairly and does his explanation sound legit? Watch this space for a Razer Music reply… they’ll need to say something now.
If you’ve watched the Carnage 808 tutorial vide you may enjoy this parody version made just days later…