Twitter: home of Lil B curses, the occasional Kanye West rant and where trigger fingers turn to … you know the rest. Over time, rap has made its presence known on Twitter while providing artists with a platform to directly connect with countless fans now at 280 characters at a time. Our favorite artists, entertainers, and influencers use the site as an outlet to vent without a filter, as well as to promote their latest work. With 330 million monthly active users to interact with, feeds can sometimes get overwhelming, which is why HipHopDX curates a list of the week’s best and most memorable tweets from the Hip Hop world.
This installment of Tweets Is Watching includes Kendrick Lamar praising Lil Wayne’s Dedicated 6: Reloaded, a rising Chicago artist, Sonny Digital talking current rappers, J.I.D unearthing an unreleased freestyle and Joey Bada$$ calling the new rap generation “trash.”
Kendrick Praises Lil Wayne’s “Big Bad Wolf”
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 24, 2018
With Dedication 6: Reloaded now available, fans and fellow artists alike have had plenty to say about Lil Wayne’s new mixtape. Kendrick Lamar — who’s not known as an active presence on social media — took to Twitter to show love to Weezy who, in Lamar’s words, “snapped” on D6: Reloaded’s “Big Bad Wolf.”
Vic Spencer For Higher
Y’all still bumping Spencer, for Higher!!!! That’s love. That’s the ultimate response to have. Music comes out and people be done with it in 2 days tops. At my age, I can’t say I relate to that, thanks to the listeners.
— The King of Living. (@VicSpencer) January 23, 2018
Rising Chicago rapper Vic Spencer took some time to thank fans on Twitter for their support of his newly released Spencer For Hire project with Sonny Jim. Spencer, also known as The Rapping Bastard — who describes himself as a mixture of Sean Price, MF DOOM, B-Real, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard — displays gratitude while acknowledging how quickly music comes and goes in the current landscape.
Sonny Digital Talks Rappers Getting Noticed
I’m convinced the only way to get noticed in these times is to color your hair.. preferably Dreads… Get Face Tattoo that doesn’t mean too much…get a beat from Mexiko dro. do hella drugs..Shoot a million guns and not get caught..make a soundcloud and BOOM 💥. You Lit
— Sonny (@SonnyDigital) January 25, 2018
Y’all really be thinking I be complaining about the industry when I just be stating facts and my opinion about it. I ain’t got nothing to complain abt. I’m living. I just be tryna let y’all know abt this game that y’all want to be in so bad.Take it or leave I’m still getting paid
— Sonny (@SonnyDigital) January 25, 2018
Atlanta-based producer Sonny Digital went on a minor Twitter rant acknowledging how a rising artist’s appearance plays a bigger part in a rapper blowing up than the actual music. He then went on to express that he’s not complaining about the rap game, just simply stating facts. Peep the HipHopDX exclusive with Digital here.
J.I.D Unearths “My Name Is” Freestyle
— (J.I.D) (@JIDsv) January 26, 2018
Atlanta native and Dreamville signee J.I.D surprised fans with a previously unreleased freestyle over Eminem’s classic single, “My Name Is.”
Joey Bada$$ Calls The Current State Of Rap “Trash”
Rap is in a very trash state rn with very few exceptions that don’t even get the love and attention that they deserve.
— BADMON (@joeyBADASS) January 24, 2018
The Pro Era head honcho expressed disdain for the current state of rap music, stating the few artists making good music “don’t even get the love and attention that they deserve.”
Vic Mensa Hops On Diplomatic Immunity
DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY FREESTYLE (COMING SOON) pic.twitter.com/oOShq1K4me
— vino the agitator (@VicMensa) January 24, 2018
Vic Mensa took to Twitter to give fans a preview of his upcoming “Diplomatic Immunity” freestyle. After many people assumed he was dissing Joe Budden in the freestyle, the Chi-Town MC denied it and soon clarified his statements.
Maino Welcomes Home Brother From 21-Year Bid
Special moment for Maino as he welcomes home his brother from a 21-year prison sentence pic.twitter.com/2qUOMtGoxa
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) January 25, 2018
Maino, consumed with tears of joy, welcomed home his longtime homie and self-proclaimed “brother” Casino Mike this week from a 21-year prison sentence.
Eminem Shares “Walk On Water” BTS
"We're using it as a metaphor for everything that's happened to him over the course of his life." – Director Rich Lee. Watch the full behind the scenes for the Water music video #REVIVAL https://t.co/0tbF0Wiffi pic.twitter.com/xA3hHUZKpk
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) January 25, 2018
Diddy Congratulates SZA
— Diddy (@Diddy) January 24, 2018
In addition to acknowledging her five Grammy nominations, Sean “Diddy” Combs congratulated SZA on her Gap Logo Remix commercial, which also features an appearance by Metro Boomin and a remix of the ’80s anthem “Hold Me Now” by the producer.