SOHH Whatcha Think: Do You Prefer Rappers To Use Their Twitter Power For Good, Bad Or Ugly? [Click Here & Speak]
Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 12:05AM
What a cray week: Ray Gotti almost had the gay hooligans on the hunt for Fabolous, Roc Nation artist J. Cole saw his debut album leak across the Web and prisoner Troy Davis has his execution upheld by the Supreme Court.
[The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]
What do all these events have in common? They were all heavily discussed by Hip-hop artists and listeners alike on the social network Twitter. Now although these issues go from hilarious, to unfortunate to downright tragic, its interesting to see people exchanging words with their favorite rappers, video freaks and other entertainers 'round the clock. The question is: What's better -- when artists use Twitter as a tool to e-beef, or to uplift and raise social awareness about real sh*t that's happening in this crazy world of ours?
Let's look at a couple of popular Hip-hop tweeters and see what we get out of their posts:
The Good: Positive Messages/Social Activism
I'll be the first to admit: While the good Reverend Run can occasionally drop some meaningful tweets, every now and then he'll give us some inspirational hooplah that sounds like something a n*gga that just got outta jail would say. His powerful messages have helped people rethink their life, but sometimes, I wanna see homey tweet some sh*t like "If Jojo don't turn down that damn music I'mma bust his a**". Just so I know he's a real n*gga. The outpouring of support for the case of Troy Davis from the Hip-hop world was beautiful thing, as celebs including Big Boi, Killer Mike, Chuck D. and others tweeted their objection to his impending execution. Black twitter cares, if don't nobody else care.
The Bad: The Shameless Self-Promoter
I've got a sneaking suspicion, that Diddy, with all his racks and racks and racks, has a salaried employee whose only job is to tweet for him. There's no way he's tweeting as hard as he does with so many other obligations. Be that as it may, artists whose sole interest is to self promote can get a little redundant. Fam: We know when your album drops, let it breathe.
The Ugly: Twitter Beefs
Twitter beef is some funny sh*t. Seeing celebs lose their cool and e-threaten the e-lives of other celebs can make for a great way to pass the working day. But when it goes on for too long, it can get a bit corny. No one wants to see a rapper take Twitter to the streets, but I'm telling you, the way these n*ggas go at it online, it's only a matter of time before someone gets hit with a laptop.
The things celebs choose to tweet about varies wildly, depending on the artist. While it's cool to see the occasional beef, or motivational message, too much of anything can get old. With thousands -- and millions in some cases -- of followers, Twitter allows artists to connect with the masses in a way never before possible.
SOHH Watcha think -- Do you prefer artists to use their tweets to spread humor, e-beef, or social awareness?
Speaking of artists using the Web for good, check out this good freestyle that just landed online from RocNation MC J. Cole
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]