Kanye West’s producer Mike Dean apologizes for ‘trolling’ BTS, questioning their songwriting credits

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  • Seven-time Grammy-winning producer Mike Dean provoked BTS fans after the Grammys tweeted asking for group “smoother than BTS” to be named, to which Dean replied “anyone.”
  • The seven-time Grammy producer also took jabs at BTS’ songwriting credits and asserted that he is team Kanye, saying that the Army should “get off his d*ick.”
  • BigHit producer Docskim replied to Dean by saying that although he considers Dean an“inspiration” and “legend,” he was “disappointed” by Dean’s comments.
  • Dean has since deleted some of his tweets and posted an apology, blaming his “trolling” on his Album of the Year loss at the awards.

Producer Mike Dean won the Best Rap Song Grammy on Sunday for co-writing Kanye West’s “Jail” but took his anger out in a series of tweets targeting BTS after not winning Album of the Year for his production work on West’s “Donda.”

On the night of the awards, the Grammys tweeted, “Name a group ~smoother~ than @bts_bighit, we dare you.”

Dean replied with “anyone.” 

 

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This incited a feud with Army, but Dean didn’t back down, only taking more jabs at the group by calling out BTS’ songwriting credits. 

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Twitter user @RideOrDieArmy came to the group’s defense with a tweet reading, “Nothing is more disgusting than someone Spotify lists with 385 song credits over 41 years trashing a group who have 235 songs, most of which they have written/composed/produced. RM has almost 180 credits at only 27. What a childish, pathetic and trashy person you are…seriously.”

Dean replied with, “Haha. The industry is a joke.” He elaborated: “​​It’s funny to read so many armys saying BTS members write ‘90% of their music’, based on a statement made [by] a BigHit employee. 

“Hahahaha, there is no way BTS members have [written] 90% of their music. Just check the writing credits of every single BTS album. In all of them are like 9-10 credited songwriters per song… why would a company like BigHit spend so much money [on] so many songwriters who only do the ‘10% of the job’?”

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When BTS fans pointed out that Dean’s works, like “Blood on the Leaves,” a Nina Simone-sampled track on the 2013 “Yeezus” album, also have multiple credited songwriters, Dean seemed unbothered. 

As Army continued to swarm Dean with tweets, he fired back,, “Team travis and kanye. Get these Bts fans off my dick.” He added, “U will all grow up and discover music one day.”

Dean has since deleted some of his tweets and replies, but multiple sites and Army members were able to snag screenshots. 

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As BTS fans called him out, he seemed to laugh off the situation. He said it was fun to push Army’s “buttons” and that he “might produce BTS” someday, potentially indicating they had asked for music before. 

BigHit Music producer Docskim backed up BTS fans, tweeting: “As a keyboardist/producer and fan of hip hop, I’m inspired by @therealmikedean. He’s one of the legends. BTS are my little brothers and amazingly talented guys. Just disappointed that someone I look up to said those things. Hard to explain..But definitely not okay.”

On April 5th, Dean eventually apologized to BTS in another string of tweets reading, “OK. SORRY TO BTS. JUST FUCKING TROLLING,” and “Ok folks. I was mad about the album of the year and made a post I shouldn’t have made. My gf just made me feel bad for it.” 

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