G-Unit producer DJ Whoo Kid has explained 50 Cent‘s recent Twitter spree and why the rap giant is investing so much energy into the social network.
According to Whoo Kid, 50’s tweet surge occurred after switching cell phone providers.
“I think he got the new iPhone and they put the [Twitter] app on there. And then Yayo was talking about ‘go on’ and he just started wildin’ out. Once he saw how easy it was, that was it. Because before, he had a Blackberry, he didn’t really care too much about going online. Whatever he needed to promote, he had somebody promoting it. But now he has it in the palm of his hands, and he’s going bezerk. He cursed me out on there like twice. I’m like a f*cking human punching bag on Twitter. But it’s all good because the more they curse me out, the more followers I get…This is like a nightmare now that he has 3 million followers, and I’m assuming he’s trying to break the 5 million follower capacity. But making him mad and he has Twitter is a nightmare , so I would suggest not to go at him too tough. Leave him alone. Because basically whatever he says on Twitter, everybody knows.” (VIBE)
Earlier this month, 50 tried to explain his new interest in Twitter.
“You know what’s interesting? I look at that platform as another place to express yourself in a different way, to entertain,” he said in an interview. “Not necessarily to create a perception of your actual character, but to be entertaining. When other people used it, it was boring because they were trying to be safe, be politically correct. They gave you the presentation they were taught to give you after they were prepped for publicity. What I gave you was some of the things I’ve seen that were entertaining topic-wise — things that made me laugh. I think it’s healthy to smile. Even though I may have the persona as one of the darkest people in hip-hop culture, you seen me smile as often as — probably more often as — somebody you seen placed in that category.” (MTV)
In addition to calling out rap rivals like Ja Rule, speaking on the recent Soulja Boy/Fabolous feud and dissing celebrity groupie Kat Stacks, 50 has also used Twitter to taunt PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
“Oprah is a miniature schnauzer. She was born in a litter of 8puppies. Just my luck I picked the only a**hole”
“Now this is how you shut a b*tch up http://twitpic.com/2qejfi”
“yeah I thought u’d change your mind b*tch!http://twitpic.com/2qelil”
“Now this is to the Peta people: Stay off my motherf*cking twitter page I don’t give a f*ck! Lol” (50 Cent’s Twitter)
Twitter‘s popularity has caught the attention of rappers like Kanye West, Soulja Boy Tell Em and Fabolous, each of whom frequently utilize their accounts.
“You don’t want to seem phony,” Fabolous said in an interview about Twitter. “You don’t want it to be seen as something you’re just doing as a promo event. At the same time you gotta tease it in there and give it to people gradually so they can know the importance of it – not just because we got the show coming. I definitely want to use Twitter as an influence. It’s a way to communicate with people without even touching them, without really directly touching anybody. To even go further than that they put out this thing called Retweet and they can retweet me to their timelines and people that may not even be following me can see the information we are giving about it.” (All Hip Hop)
Check out a recent 50 Cent interview below: