SOHH Whatcha Think: 2Pac Back: Rap Icon Gets Verified Twitter Account + Roc Nation Snatches Up Another Artist?!? [Click Here & Speak]
Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 2:34AM
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but the entire purpose of verifying a celeb on Twitter (placing a blue check next to their name) is to reassure fans that they are, in fact, following the actual entertainer and not an impersonator. So exactly how does a dead man get a verified account? Especially one that died a decade before Twitter was launched.
"I tweeted this a long time ago ... a real long time ago ..."
According to @2Pac, the "official" Twitter of the late great Tupac Shakur the page is run by his estate (a claim some dispute) and is dedicated to preserving his legacy. Pac stood for a lot of things, but identity theft probably wasn't one of them. SOHH Watcha Think ... should people be allowed to speak through an artist long after they are deceased?
Twitter verifying a Tupac account didn't surprise me. After all, Aaliyah's twitter account (@AaliyahHaughton), which is run by her immediate family, used to be verified... What really made the situation awkward was that Tupac's family or estate do not control that twitter account, so whomever Twitter contacted to certify the account is living a lie... Not to mention, there are about 52K delusional believers and spam bots only contributing to the foolishness. (MissDimplez.com)
In other news ...
Roc Nation, home of J. Cole, Jay Electronica and Willow Smith has accepted the challenge of handling the career of Ester Dean. Dean, who scored a hit a while back with "Drop It Low," is best known as a songwriter and has penned hits for several artists including as Nicki Minaj and Usher. Other artists managed by RN include: Rihanna, Wale and Jigga's sister-in-law, Solange.
Singer-songwriter Ester Dean has signed a management deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation. The 24-year-old broke the news on Twitter (via Rap-Up). "I'm so Grateful 4 my Team Past and Present! Bringing in the New Year with my new Team @RocNation 2012," she tweeted. (Hip Hop DX)
Looks like Roc Nation is steadily expanding. Still though, only a few artists have released albums through RN. Do you see it eventually becoming the dominant team in Hip Hop?
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