News: Lupe Fiasco Ditches Big Time Publishing Deals, Makes Unexpected Twitter Move
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 9:29AM
Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco is not going to waste his time worrying about publishing offers and high-profile press to get a book to the masses and has decided to use Twitter as a main resource.
According to Lupe, Twitter is the platform he will fully unload a new novel on.
Lupe Fiasco's already up to his next big project. Forget penning the lyrics to a new song; Fiasco's busy penning a novel... via his Twitter. The Chi-town rapper announced via his private Twitter account that he's started tweeting an "Afro-Futurist novel that will be written entirely on twitter" to "be published in chapters." The working title is "Teriyaki Joe: Neo Harlem Detective." Grab your reading glasses and get started on chapter one, which has been tweeted out over the last several days. (VIBE)
Recently, rap star Eminem revealed he does invest a little time into Twitter but admitted his focus is not on the social media outlets.
"Honestly, I don't know because I don't really, that's a hard question to answer too because I honestly don't really pay attention to that part of it," Em said in an interview when asked how he handles the pressure of today's social media outlets. "I don't sit on a computer. I tweet. I get my tweet on. [laughs] Nah. I don't really follow that stuff, man, I just, you know, I just want to say this: I just rap. And I'm going to keep saying that because that's all I do. I actually don't want to keep saying that but that's all I do. So, to just keep giving the same answer, it's really all I do. You know what I'm saying? I don't even shower. I did today because I knew I was doing this interview. [laughs]" ("Rap City")
A few months ago, Young Money's Drake said the authenticity and realness of Twitter should be examined more closely by users.
"Twitter isn't real, by the way. There's no gauge on real life on Twitter," Drizzy argued. "That's a terrible medium to exist in. You can enjoy it. You can even indulge in it. Just don't live your life by that weird code on that Internet program." (CRWN)
Coincidentally, New York rapper Ja Rule claimed social media would have allowed Murder Inc. to speak out during their rough patches in the early 2000's.
"I'm just happy we back together and we in a good space and we're having fun," Rule added. "We're making music again and being in the studio again and all the other ventures and stuff that's going on for us, it's a blessing that we're still in this business for almost 20 years now. That, for me, is where I'm at and if the fans and the people decide they want to give us another 5, 10 years, I'll take it. ... If there was social media back when all of these things were happening, I think we'd have had a better chance to explain ourselves and talk to our fans and talk to the people and they would have understood what we were going through and maybe it wouldn't have been as dark a period for us. So social media is a really, really big thing that's going on right now. It's really informative, it gets you closer to your fans. ... You know what I noticed when I go on social media? They hate everybody. It ain't just us." ("The Angie Martinez Show")
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