The Official #Raptwitter Follow Friday All Stars
Brass LA artist Speak has Twitter figured out.
The twittersphere has been all a-flutter with Kanyemania. A lot of cultural dialogue on social media has been in the vein of his new album, new baby, or new interview. Though you're probably dying to hear more opinions regarding these topics, we've decided to widen the focus a bit on #raptwitter this week.
The Twitter tradition of #FollowFriday has helped diversify timelines all over the world. This Friday, we've put together a list of some of our most interesting, opinionated, and hilarious #raptwitter favorites. The following five accounts contribute substantially to an ongoing public conversation about rap and hip hop culture everyday. Here's why they're worth listening to.
Hex might as well be the mayor of Detroit. He's managed and consulted some of the city's finest, including Guilty Simpson, Elzhi, Danny Brown, and new Dallasite- Black Milk. As one of the most lovable haters in hip hop, he applies his dark and cynical brand of humor to a variety of pop culture topics, making him one of the most retweeted on #raptwitter. After a Pontine stroke in September of 2009 (which carries a 7% survival rate), Hex is now wheelchair bound. Late last year, the mother of his child took his daughter and bolted with a former friend of his, cutting off all contact with the industry legend. Though it's been a rough few years for him, Hexmurda has proven to be one of the most resilient figures in hip hop culture. He's also got a pretty sick t-shirt line.
In 2012 rappers discovered leather pants & white people discovered twerking. #progression— SPEAK (@speakz) December 4, 2012
The best thing about talking to god? Reciting all of DMX's prayers line for line & having your best friend bark in the background.— SPEAK (@speakz) September 9, 2010
LA Rapper SPEAK! has picked up a lot of steam in the last few years. From ghostwriting for artists like Kreayshawn & No Doubt, to his solo work- he's proven himself to be quite a talent on both sides of the booth. After Kreayshan's "Gucci Gucci" became a hit, the emcee caused some controversy when he told our sister blog -- West Coast Sound-- that he'd yet to receive a single royalty from the one-hit-wonder. Kreyshawn later went on to say that she did indeed give SPEAK! money to finish 2011's Inside Out Boy. From his Twitter feed, you can expect the wavy musings of a self-described West side, art goon, Craigslist killa. He recently finished a new project that should be out soon.
It was Written is great. But it's Nas' Moondance. Illmatic is his Astral Weeks.— D'Brickashaw (@DragonflyJonez) May 29, 2013
50, Bieber and Triple H are Money Team. These niggas are the fuckinAvengers.— D'Brickashaw (@DragonflyJonez) May 6, 2012
D'Brickashaw aka DragonflyJonez aka DFJZ describes himself best in his own words, "My tweets have been featured on CNN, MSN, Yahoo, Huffington Post, TMZ, Fox News, The Washington Post, GQ, Gawker and USA Today. I still aint got no hoes tho." Something of a Twitter celebrity, almost 22,000 will attest to DFJZ being a timeline essential. Though he's predominantly popular for his sports commentary, he's been known to drop some very insightful and concise points about rap music as well. His big claim to fame came when Snoop Dogg posted a list he wrote of reasons why he would vote for President Obama over Mitt Romney in the last election, and he once publicly sonned Siagon so hard.