Roc Nation protege J. Cole is fed up with social networking tool Twitter and recently dished out why he is willing to lose 2.3 million followers.
In Cole’s perspective, too many artists are heavily focused on Twitter rather than the quality and confidence in their music.
“I’m not on Twitter no more, I’m not doing it and I’m not going to … As an artist, I’m sitting back and I’m watching all these other artists who I respect — some of them are big artists — on Twitter fighting for attention. Every tweet is like, ‘I’m looking for attention. Retweet me!’ I saw that and same thing about songs, dropping songs, it all comes from this place of fear, like I don’t want nobody to forget about me. It really comes from that place. But really your body of work speaks for you, so it’s doing work even when you’re not knowing it. But because people ain’t talking about you on Twitter or you’re not the trending topic or your mixtape ain’t trending, you feel a certain kind of way.’ (Bootleg Kev)
Last month, rap star Nicki Minaj raised eyebrows after deleting her Twitter page.
“Do you,” she asked radio host Tim Westwood when he professed how much fans miss her on Twitter. “I know. [laughs, reads statement from Westwood] ‘Nicki Minaj, please come back to Twitter. We love you and it isn’t the same without you. Do it for the Barbz and Kens and everyone who loves to wear pink on a Friday. Give me life.’ … [Am I going to come back?] No. Tim, I can’t. I miss my Barbz. [They miss me,] but I can’t come back. I just can’t Tim, don’t make me, please don’t. Let’s move on.” (Tim Westwood TV)
However, she later returned after losing over 11 million followers.
When she previously said goodbye to Twitter, the Head Barb left behind over 11 million followers, making her the most popular MC on the social networking platform, and the 11th most followed individual in the world. Due to these massive numbers, Nicki’s account hasn’t rebooted yet, but over the past hour her follower count has jumped from 67,675 [1:45 p.m. EST] to 191,002 [2:30 p.m. EST]. @NickiMinaj has also yet to post an official comeback tweet. (XXL Mag)
A few months ago, Young Money’s Drake described his issues with Twitter.
“I’ll tell you, my biggest thing was, I remember, it was on Twitter. I remember the day my mom was getting surgery and someone came on Twitter and they were like, ‘Yo, Drake, I hope your mom dies.’ You don’t really mean that. Like, you know you’re going to see something bad. Out of 1000 compliments, it’s so crazy. It’s basically, like, when you used to sit there as a kid, and want to know what everyone is thinking. That’s your superpower. [Twitter is] knowing what everyone is thinking.” (The Source)
Check out J. Cole’s interview below: