These days, the most accurate way to measure the reach of an upcoming artist is to check their Twitter followers. Earlier this week, Twitter titans Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller announced their upcoming Under The Influence of Music tour, sending both of their massive fan bases into a collective frenzy online. The prospect of having two of hip-hop’s most dedicated fans join forces on one tour got the XXL staff thinking: Which rapper has the strongest Twitter army in the game? From Curren$y’s JETS to Odd Future’s Wolves, we stacked them all up to see who would reign supreme in an Internet battle royale. Squad up.
Approx. Followers: 5.5 Million
Signature Victory: On April 20, 2010, the Taylors thrust their leader into the national spotlight by making his breakthrough mixtape #Kush&OJ a trending topic on Twitter.
Uniform: Polo undershirt, Jordan shorts, and Chuck Taylors.
Rallying Cry: #TGOD (Taylor Gang Or Die)
Numbers aren’t everything, but Wiz’s Taylors look like early favorites based on sheer depth. We’ll see if any of the other squads are smart enough to target the Taylors’ biggest weakness, @DaRealAmberRose.
Approx. Followers: 355,000
Uniform: No shirt, lots of tats.
Signature Victory: Rushing to clear up a misunderstanding with MGK’s boss Diddy after the Bad Boy mogul took to Twitter pleading for help getting in contact with his star protégé. Puff thought MGK had been in a drunk driving accident, but it turns out it was just a misunderstanding.
Rallying Cry: #LaceUp
As the XXL staff saw first hand at the NYC Freshman show, the Lace Up Gang doesn’t play around. Whether they’re spitting MGK’s rapid fire bars back at him as he performs or holding him up as he crowd surfs, this rowdy group of misfits have their leader’s back no matter what.
Approx. Followers: 900,000
Uniform: Anything bearing Supreme’s iconic box logo.
Signature Victory: Cheering on all of Tyler’s absurd Twitter feuds. From Chris Brown to 2 Chainz, once the wolves start barking @ you, you might as well just log off for the day.
Rallying Cry: Kill Them All!!!
OF’s wolf pack does a lot of barking online, but do they pack enough of a bite to remain as the last Twitter army standing?
Approx. Followers: 450,000
Uniform: Whatever’s comfortable as long as they’ve got retro heat on their feet.
Rallying Cry: JETS, FOOL!
We already know Spitta and his JETS fly higher than most, but can he quarterback his squad to the promised land or will he have to call in reinforcements? No Tebow.
Approx. Followers: 420,000
Uniform: Neon tees and busted Vans.
Victories: Getting their leader all the way to NYU last week for one of the most surreal public speeches ever given at an accredited University.
Rallying Cry: #BASED
Lil B has been building his social media army since the Myspace days. Will he and his veterans prove #Rare enough to emerge victorious?
Approx. Followers: 100,000
Uniform: Anything you can’t pronounce.
Victories: Killing the @XXLStaff twitter for a full week after the Freshmen cover dropped because of the lack of their beloved leader.
Rallying Cry: #ASVP
The A$AP mob may be new to the Twitter world, but don’t confuse them for rookies. Capo @ASAPYams will be Rocky’s secret weapon in the field.
Approx. Followers: 265,000
Uniform: Vintage shirt with the cover of a hip-hop classic on the front.
Rallying Cries: #BlackHippy #TDE
Hippies are supposed to be about peace, but you don’t want war with this army of lyricism lovers. If Kendrick needs reinforcements he can always call on Schoolboy Q or Ab-Soul for back-up.
Approx. Followers: 2.1 Million
Uniform: Tank tops and shorts
Victories: Making billionaire Donald Trump take notice of their young leader after the release his Best Day Ever hit which he named after the mogul.
Rallying Cry: #MostDope
They may be young, but as Mac showed on his breakout mixtape, him and his kids can kick some incredibly dope shit.
Approx. Followers: 2.3 Million
Uniform: Plain tee and fresh Mike’s
Victories: Making Friday Night Lights a Trending Topic on the night of its release in November of 2010.
Rallying Cry: #ColeWorld #alCOLEholics
While they may not have a cute name like some of their competitors, they are backing one of the game’s most talented MCs. And he’s being backed by Jay-Z. They may takeover this whole battle and send everyone home as they yell, “You need more people!”
Shark Face Gang [Replacing @NickiMinaj 's Barbz]
Approx. Followers: 50,000
Uniform: Seattle Sonics throwback and a raincoat
Victories: Helping get Macklemore onto the 2012 XXL Freshmen Cover.
Rallying Cry: #SharkFaceGang
A last minute substitution for Nicki Minajs’ Barbz (Minaj left Twitter and her 11 million followers behind earlier this week when she deactivated her account), Macklemore and his Shark Gang are clear underdogs in this one. Shouldn’t be a problem, he’s used to it.