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, Dreamville's J. Cole and Bas grace the Osheaga 2014 stage in Montreal and Tyler, The Creator shows his excitement about Pharrell Williams headlining his third annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival.
Drake Doesn't Think Rihanna Is The Devil
My album title is VIEWS FROM THE 6. The 6 is Toronto. Rih is a great girl who I know is about to kill this tour with Eminem. It's all love!!
— Drizzy (@Drake) August 6, 2014
Earlier this week (specifically Monday night in Toronto during OVO Fest), Drake showed a couple images which the internet made out to be a satanic RIh Rih. While he was performing "Days In The East," a 6 appeared on the screen, followed by an red-stained image of Rihanna, followed by another 6, another pic of Rih and finally, a third 6. Drake put the short-lived rumor to rest when he mentioned the 6 stood for his hometown Toronto and that Rihanna is a "great girl."
J. Cole and Bas In Montreal
— Nation (@nahright) (@definitely_nah) August 4, 2014
Dreamville Record's J. Cole and Bas both performed at the Osheaga 2014 Music and Arts Festival last weekend and a great picture of the two rappers on stage together was snapped and shared. The rappers were scheduled as different acts but it looks like they had no problem jumping on stage with each other. J. Cole and Bas performed alongside Outkast, Skrillex, Childish Gambino, Pusha T, Danny Brown and more.
Chance The Rapper Sends Birthday Wishes To President Obama
Happy Birthday Mr President. Enjoy your time with the with the family and loved ones! @BarackObama
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 4, 2014
On Monday, August 4, 2014, President Barack Obama hit 53 years young. Many gave the President birthday love through their social networks like Chance The Rapper who took to Twitter to greet Obama on his birthday. "Happy Birthday Mr President. Enjoy your time with the with the family and loved ones!" wrote the Chicago emcee.
Eminem & Rihanna Prepare For "The Monster Tour"
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) August 6, 2014
Eminem and Rihanna kicked off their six-day three-stop tour on Thursday night in Pasadena, California. During their rehearsals, Eminem's account shared a picture of the duo prepping for their opening night on the West Coast. The Monster tour, named after Em's Rihanna-assisted single "The Monster," is heading to Detroit and East Rutherford, New Jersey for two dates in each city after delivering a stellar performance in Pasadena.
Tyler, The Creator Reveals Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2014 Lineup
PHARRELL IS PLAYING THE CARNIVAL DUDE I AM SO HAPPY HE IS PLAYING MY CANIVAL LIKE WHAT THE FUCK YOU CANT MAKE THIS SHIT UP WHAT THE FUCK
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) August 7, 2014
AND DUDE RICK ROSS? HE HAS TO DO PRESIDENTIAL ( MY FAVORITE ROSS SONG EVER) AHHHHHHHHHHHH I AM SO FUCKING HAPPY
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) August 7, 2014
The third annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival has revealed its 2014 line-up and Tyler, The Creator's favorite artist Pharrell Williams is set to headline the one-day festival. Tyler couldn't hold back his excitement when he tweeted that Pharrell and Rick Ross are performing at the carnival. In his signature all-caps tweeting style, Tyler continously wrote "I AM SO HAPPY." The Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival will take place on November 8th at the L.A. Coliseum.
Lil Wayne Shares A Picture Of His Sons
2 examples of how I feel pic.twitter.com/0Y48CF83sg
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) August 9, 2014
Lil Wayne, who recently embarked on the "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour this weekend, shared an adorable picture of his two sons. Weezy has a total of four kids by four different women. The oldest child is his daughter Reginae, who was born when Wayne was only 15, and his next three are boys. Dwayne III was born in 2008, Cameron Carter (born to actress Lauren London) was born in 2009 and Neal (born to singer Nivea) was born in 2009.
9th Wonder Gives Advice To Up-And-Coming Female Emcees
The "Nicki Minaj" way is NOT the only way to success, nor is the "Iggy" way...and the radio is NOT the only way to success....
— 9th Wonder (@9thWonderMusic) August 7, 2014
Journalist Elliot Wilson held a "The Truth Live" video conference on the state of women in Hip Hop and 9th Wonder had a few things to say to the current female rappers in the game. In a light rant, producer 9th Wonder told up-and-coming emcees that they do not have to take the Nicki Minaj or Iggy Azalea route aka the mainstream route to succeed in their careers. The producer, who's signed Rapsody to his Jamla record label, reminded the artists that they can still be themselves and win.
Mac Miller Reacts To Yet Another Murder By Police
Dear police, stop shooting kids and killing people out of fear.
— Batmac (@MacMiller) August 10, 2014
Early Sunday morning, news circulated of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown after an altercation with police. The shooting took place on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri and while details are still being revealed, a group of about 200 people gathered Sunday morning outside the Ferguson Police Department to protest the teenager's death. Mac Miller reacted to the horrible news and sent out a short, simple and straight-to-the-point tweet, "Dear police, stop shooting kids and killing people out of fear."
25 Things You Didn't Know About Wiz Khalifa
25 things you don't know. http://t.co/KM7gmmUtua
— We Dem Boyz (@wizkhalifa) August 10, 2014
Wiz Khalifa shared a link of an exclusive story by Us Weekly titled "Wiz Khalifa: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me." The story includes random facts shared by Wiz like that he takes off his left shoe whenever he's "in the zone in the studio." Also, the rapper only smokes "KK," short for Khalifa Kush, a strain that was named after him by his weed sponsors The Cookie Company which is given to the rapper for free. Smart man.
Diddy Just Made Us All Feel Old
1998 is just as far as 2030... #ThinkAboutIt
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) August 8, 2014
Unless you were born post 1998, Diddy's reminder of how long ago the 90s were will make you feel a little aged because 1998 doesn't feel like that long ago but, WHAT, it was a whole 16 years ago. Mind blown. Where did the time go? Half of the teens born in 1998 have made it to 16 while the rest of us are reminded that we're getting close to 50. Well, maybe by 2030 we'll all be on the old boat together.