Sometimes Hip Hop can move at a pace too frantic for even the most devoted fan to keep up with. Albums and mixtapes are released at breakneck speed, careers are made and broken with the swipe of a pen, and somewhere in between all the madness actual music (the quality of which vacillates between excellent and god awful) is being made. Twitter provides a nice summary of everything 140 characters at a time. And if you’re the type that would rather not be bothered with stepping into the Twitterverse to catch up on the latest in Hip Hop, we’ve filtered through the top rapper’s tweets and consolidated all the week’s events into one convenient feed.
This week, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill experience earthquakes, ScHoolboy Q shares an oldie-but-goodie picture, and Snoop Dogg bids his final farewell to a close relative. Check the rest of the week’s top tweets below.
Xzibit Debunks Myths Of “Paparazzi” Being A Tupac Diss
— XZIBIT (@xzibit) March 16, 2014
Since its release in 1996, Xzibit’s “Paparazzi” stands as a testament to B-Boy dedication. X to the Z calls out fake gangsters and questions those in the Rap game “only for the fortune and the fame.” But was he talking about anyone in particular—specifically Tupac Shakur. It’s a surprisingly valid question given that E.D.I. Mean referenced “Paparazzi” on Tupac’s “Bomb First,” asking, “Got a little question for that nigga that made Paparazzi / If you ain’t in this rap game for the motherfucking cash, mane / Then what is your motherfucking purpose?” During an impromptu, Twitter “ask me anything” session with his followers, X shut down any notions about directing “Paparrazi” at ‘Pac. “No. Never heard that one, but no,” Xzibit tweeted. Case closed.
YG Links “My Krazy Life” With Monday’s L.A. Earthquake
That earthquake happened kuz #myKRAZYlife bout to drop. Shake the world up
— YG (@YG) March 17, 2014
Residents of Los Angeles County felt the effects of a 4.4 magnitude earthquake on March 17 at approximately 6:25 am. While seismologists referred to the tremor as “typical,” Compton, California native and Def Jam recording artist YG had another explanation.
“That earthquake happened kuz #myKRAZYlife bout to drop,” YG tweeted. “Shake the world up.” While there’s zero chance YG had any impact on the San Andreas Fault Line, he’ll most likely have an impact on Nielsen’s weekly SoundScan report. According to HitsDailyDouble, YGs My Krazy Life is expected to sell approximately 60,000 copies of his debut album. Such a tally would land him a top five debut.
Cee Lo Joins Lionel Richie’s North American Tour
— CeeLo Green (@CeeLoGreen) March 19, 2014
If it seemed Cee Lo and Danger Mouse made for a weird tandem, just imagine how many heads will turn when Cee Lo hits the road with Lionel Richie. On Wednesday, March 19, Cee Lo took to Twitter (and YouTube) to announce he and Richie would “make history” with a Live Nation-backed “All The Hits All Night Long” tour. Aside from rising to prominence as members of soulful Southern groups—Richie was a member of The Commodores, and Cee Lo is a member of Goodie Mob—what do these two have in common? Perhaps that’s a question that can only be answered by copping a ticket to one of the pair’s 41 dates spanning across the US and Canada.
Nicki Minaj Experiences Her First "Big" Earthquake
That was the scariest earthquake this lil New York girl ever experienced in Cali. Unbelievable this time.
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) March 17, 2014
Though earthquakes may seem like no big deal to Los Angeles natives, it's a huge deal to everyone else who isn't used to the ground shaking. Early Monday morning, the Los Angeles shook at a 4.4 magnitude and even if you didn't feel the quake, Twitter reminded you of what you missed out on. One of the tweeters included Nicki Minaj, who described the tremor as the "scariest earthquake" and "unbelievable." It must have not been a fun alarm clock to wake up to.
Lil Wayne's First Tweet Shared As A Part Of Twitter's 8th Birthday
im super new to this twitter shit but wudup tho !..........follow me biot¢h..........wudup mak......happy bday LO......8 days of freedom..ym
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) February 22, 2010
Ever wonder what your first tweet was? I'm sure it's tough to scroll all the way down to your first tweet after sending out more than 30,000 140-character messages over a span of five years. As a part of Twitter's 8th birthday celebration, the social media network has developed an easy way for you to discover your first tweet instantly. We made sure to run a quick check on a few of your favorite rappers, including Lil Wayne, who really enjoyed using a ton of period marks............
Kendrick Lamar Tweets Support For Fellow Compton Native YG
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 18, 2014
With good kid, m.A.A.d city currently paving a new road for West Coast rap music, Kendrick welcomes another local to the spotlight. Kendrick Lamar shares some love via Twitter for fellow Compton native YG and his debut album, My Krazy Life. Kendrick is an example of how to be competitive and still be supportive. There's enough room for everyone in the blooming West Coast rap scene, you just have to throw something out worthwhile. Read our review on YG's debut, My Krazy Life, here.
Meek Mill Feels First Earthquake While Recording New Music
I ran out that booth so fast Y~Y~Y~ we ain't use 2 no earthquakes Y~Y~
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) March 17, 2014
The image of Meek Mill hopping out of the booth in mid rap is hilarious. Once again, another rapper is shook up (no pun intended) by the earth's natural rumble. The 4.4 magnitude might not sound big to those who reside in earthquake territory but factor in the early morning 6 am call time and you'll see why anyone would jet out of a booth to duck and cover for safety.
Snoop Dogg Remembers Uncle June Bugg
rip uncle junebug . greatest to ever do it !!! heaven wouldn’t be the same without u !
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) March 21, 2014
It's tough to lose a relative, especially one of your favorite and closest family members. Snoop Dogg said goodbye publicly to his Uncle Junebug on Friday, March 21, through of series of tweets and Instagrams. Uncle June Bugg, uncle to both Snoop and Daz Dillinger, has joined Snoop on stage to two step for the crowd plenty of times and has made a cameo in Snoop's music videos. HipHopDX extends its condolences to Uncle June Bugg's family. Read more about the story, here.
ScHoolboy Q Shares Throwback Thursday Picture Of Himself
WHen I was still bangin tHo lol I dnt even act like dat nomo HA pic.twitter.com/XPLKhYsJpo
— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolBoyQ) March 20, 2014
ScHoolboy Q noticeably put on a few pounds in the past few years but there's nothing like revisiting the vault of pictures and sharing an older black-and-white picture of your considerably fit self. Times have changed for Q. More money equals more fine dining. He retweeted a few of his fans responses to the picture, even the ones that poked fun at him to which he responded with "HAHAHAHAHA I WAS BROKE DOE." When he said TDE is eatin', TDE was really eatin'.
Murs Rides For Clippers' Forward Blake Griffin
— Murs (@MURS) March 18, 2014
As of Friday, March 21, the Los Angeles Clippers sport a 48-21 record. To the chagrin of Lakers’ fans everywhere, their Staples Center tenants have rechristened Los Angeles as “Lob City,” powered behind the play of all-star duo Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. As the team prepares for the NBA playoffs, Griffin finds himself continually involved in skirmishes with opposing players. Apparently L.A. native Murs has had enough. After forward appeared to throw a punch at Griffin during a recent game between the Clippers and the Phoenix Suns, Murs aired his feelings out via Twitter.
“I’m taking all fades for @blakegriffin32,” Murs tweeted, before adding a 316Mafia hashtag. “I’m tired of this sh*t! #3strikes.” The playoffs are roughly a month away. The playoffs are roughly a month away. With Griffin’s tendency to posterize opponents, the potential MVP candidate may want to shoot Murs a direct message to call in that favor. He’s going to be a marked man.