Is Kanye really too good for Twitter?

Lame trend alert: celebrities claiming they’ve got better things to be doing than to be on the Internets.

As is the case with most trends, Kool Keith was up on this a good 10 years before it was all trendy. On one of those god-awful albums he put out back in the late ’90s/early ’00s, he rapped, “I’m not sitting behind no computer – I’m going to Bermuda!” And that was back when there was hardly shit to do on the Internets. Not to sound like someone’s grandpa, but back in those days, you had to stroke it to tiny thumbnail images of naked women. Because it cost like $20 to view the full size version. And who had $20 back in 1999? If I did, I probably would have drunk myself to death.

But I don’t want to let you guys in on more than you need to know about me…

These days, you hear this anti-Internets bullshit all the time on the Stern Show: Artie Lange claims he has no idea how to turn on a computer and check his email. Which I don’t find hard to believe, since he’s an older, lower class white person, and you see how many people still buy country music on CD. Stern himself recently joined Twitter, but he’s yet to do anything worthwhile with it. As is the case with Kanye’s blog, it’s never clear who’s really updating it. And it’s mostly just a list of topics they’re discussing on the show, as if anyone who’d follow Stern on Twitter wouldn’t already know, or couldn’t just check the Sirius site.

In the (more obviously) hip-hop world, you mostly hear this bullshit from some of the biggest artists. Rapper who struggle to move units, i.e. almost all of them, stay using Twitter. But Kanye West, who even managed to sell upwards of two million copies of the abortion that is 808s & Heartbreak, posted a rant on his blog the other day talking about how he’s got better things to do than use Twitter. You can tell it was him, because the grammar was all fucked the fuck up. And in the excerpts from the interview in the new XXL, Eminem talks about how he never reads blogs, because he couldn’t stand to read what people say about him.

Oh, really?

Now, keep in mind, I can think of a few things I might do, if I had the means to not have to spend so much time on the Internets. Namely, dropping loads on beautiful women. Arggh! But then what would I do for the other 23+ hours a day? Something tells me that, if I had enough money to where I didn’t have to use the Internets again, if I didn’t want to, I’d probably still spend a few hours a day online, looking at pr0n (which I’m sure I’d still enjoy), reading blogs, checking out new music, and what have you. Meanwhile, what are these guys doing that they don’t have time to be online? Kanye West goes around and overpays for faggy clothes, and Eminem, if his new album is to be believed, pops Vicodin and strokes it to Hannah Montana. Which I may or may not have done this week as well. But that’s neither here nor there.

The larger point I wanted to make, even though it seems like I don’t have one, is that the idea that the Internets are filled with people who can be easily dismissed as “just some guy on the Internets” no longer holds any weight. These days, people who aren’t on the Internets are in the extreme minority. And I’m not even sure if they’re really not on the Internets. The only rappers I can believe don’t have the Internets are G-Dep and Ras Kass, and even they’re on Twitter. (Or are they?) It could be that guys like Eminem and Kanye stay online (you guys know my history with Kanye), they just want us to think they don’t, because they don’t like the idea that the TIs don’t run shit online, like they do in the mainstream media. Which, oddly enough, is all the more reason for people to want to talk shit about them on Twitter.

  • $ykotic

    Pierzy!

  • http://gooddoctorzeus.blogspot.com DocZeus

    As if Kanye West wasn’t all up on the internet pre-2004…

    Nobody younger than 40 doesn’t know how to use a computer…

    • geico lizard

      co-sign plus if you are famous you better stay the fuck out of the public or some jealous haters may run up on you. RIP Dolla

  • $ykotic

    These dudes are lying.

    How are you recording in a state of the art studio and don’t have internet?

    They stay checking theirselves out for the interviews, pictures, and hits.

    It’s the comments they don’t want to admit to seeing because most of them are not in the artist’s favor.

    “I’m too busy for the ‘net” translates as “Ya’ll be hurting my feelings…”

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      Lol @ $yk.

      Cosign, I call bullshit! I even google myself (who doesn’t) just to get sent to my own blog or here.

      As ginormous as West’s ego is, you know he does the same.

      & Marshall’s a producer that doesn’t know how to work a computer? FOH! It doesn’t sound like he’s beatboxing all his tracks, so I’m inclined to not believe him either.

      They think we’re idiots.

  • Pierzy

    It’s been proven that while Twitter gets a ton of new people to join, they last an average of a month before they say, “Twitter fucking sucks, I’m done with it.”

    Eminem is just using it to promote Relapse. Can’t hate him for that…

    What’s good $yk!?

    • Pierzy

      As far as Stern, he was having Wendy the Retard update his Twitter for a while. That was entertaining. Now it’s back to Baba Booey

    • $ykotic

      P what it do!

      I was at the bar last night trashing Twatter.

      Like how does a celeb hate the paparazzi but Tweets? FOH with that!

      “I’ma taking a dump thinking of a rhyme”
      “Just bought socks for my LV skippies”
      “Drinking wheatgrass juice waiting for bus”

      WHO THE F*CK CARES?

      • Pierzy

        Yeah…there’s a difference. If you just did a show or something and you write, “I wanted to take the opportunity to thank my fans for their support” or whatever, that’d be hot.

        But telling me that the valet is taking too long bringing your car around? I’m not feeling it…

  • Pierzy

    As far as Stern, he was having Wendy the Retard update his Twitter for a while. That was entertaining. Now it’s back to Baba Booey…

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    MAYNE WHO GIVES A FUCK…. KANYE BE ON THE INTERNET…. HE PROLLY DONT DO HIS BLOGS BUT I GUARANTEE HE HIT THE NETS JUST AS MUCH AS PIERZY AND SYKOTIC (HA HA HA HA AH))… ((YA’LL MY NIGGAS THO…)… AND FUCK TWITTER…. THAT SHIT A FAD LIKE MYSPACE AND FACEBOOK WAS… ONLY WITH THE LATTER NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT AS MUCH AS MYSPACE…

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “I CAN FEEL IT IN THE AIR” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP))

    • $ykotic

      Good one Paris!

      That’s the only cut I ever felt from Beans.

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    WHAT ABOUT “WHAT YO LIFE LIKE”…. THAT HOE WAS HARD ……???????

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “WHAT YO LIFE LIKE” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP”

    • Pierzy

      $yko…you’re not feeling my man Beans?

      • $ykotic

        Hear it comes…

        Not really. Only “Air”.

      • Pierzy

        No worries, my dude. I think I’m a little biased since he comes from my city…

        • og bobby j

          shit fam…that “wanted” joint with cam is hot fire too….

          in fact, beans was a beast for a minute…

  • Dallas Penn

    What up Bol?

    What up $ykotic?

    What up Pierzy?

    Oh shit, I had better get a drop up on my column before the TI’s that run this site decide not to pay me until May.

    2012.

    • Pierzy

      What’s good Dallas… better get to writing!

    • $ykotic

      DP!

      I was waiting for your Sunday drop. Figured you had a good Saturday…

  • http://www.sylermusic.com Syler

    What up guys, yo $yk you got any pull with the cast of characters who run and post for this site? I been sending them those joints you and the rest of the commission were feeling (Down Before, New York New York, etc.). All I hear are crickets. Even with no response though, I still haven’t overreacted and been an a$$hole, which has been tough, and I’m quite proud of. I also do not get down with payola. Mainly cause I don’t have the loot. Any ideas my man?

    • $ykotic

      Stick around and become family. Do you know how many “listen to my demo” requests they get? Remember XXL is huge in the game.

      Use your writing skills and comment. There are plenty of people who tune in daily. You have to give them a better reason than “my music is good, put me on.”

      All of them @ XXL check the blog drops. Intelligence attracts people. Marketing plays an important part as well.

      Grand$ & Pierzy are good ass writers.
      Detroit works with thisis50.com.
      Paris Pershun is good with podcast/music selection.

      I have an eye for promotion/marketing.

      Maybe you can put out a gorilla campaign and give some cuts away. But you have to draw attention. Think it out.

      Just don’t spam the hell out of the ‘net. They will eat you alive for that.

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        @ $yk

        Thanks, bruh.

        @ Syler

        That dude GUILEE BOY got chased away, literally. He just went about it the wrong way. He came here to spam the site only. Cats that come here everyday take that shit serious, like a nigga selling incense on your front porch.

        Eventually, I’m going to want a whiff of your wares; if they suck, you have to go. He sucked [||].

        But, just stay active with your music & believe that God has a plan for you. I’m going to go peep you out right now!

        COMMISSION!

        • http://www.sylermusic.com Syler

          Good looks man, thank you.

          Sidenote: I succumbed to the twat pressure and created an account for myself. I admit it. I immediately regretted the decision. I guess Puff can get away with stuff like that, but less is always more IMO.

        • Pierzy

          Good look $yk – appreciate the words!

    • $ykotic

      Because there was a guy who tried it and failed miserably.

      Who remembers Gullee Boy?

      Exactly.

      But they remember The Commission!

      Catch my drift?

      • http://www.sylermusic.com Syler

        Appreciate the advice. I could never inundate you guys, constantly promoting myself. I feel like a douche even doing one plug while going off topic. Truth is I really am all about the music. Just trying to get heard. The mixtape along with the new single is all free on my website. If the regulars, bloggers, writers, etc. here check it out, I am confident you will be into it. Not gonna continue running off at the mouth like this anymore though. No idea who Gullee Boy is, and I don’t want that to be the case with Syler. I hear you loud and clear.

  • http://xxlmag.com Cal

    I got love for Em but he needs to stop bullshiting! He’s a self proclaimed tech nerd and geek or what have you, and he produces music, AND didn’t fif boast about stealing some tracks off his “computer” in Detroit?

  • og bobby j

    these artist is lyin….if you dont know how to turn on the computer….its no wonder your raps are outdated…

  • brand-new

    i can admit that i’m wayyy too cool to start a twitter account, lol

  • Bein

    Lame trend alert: Bloggers calling an action a trend the very second two people perform it. Whatever happened to the polite “on four?”

  • Shawt

    So in short, you’re skeptical?

  • foolio_iglesias

    It isn’t just that most peoples lives are boring,it’s just that most peoples lives are mundane,which is one of the reason I’ve never messed with Twitter.There’s a ton of entertainers I really admire,but I have absolutely NO interest in the minute to minute minutiae of their daily lives(that of course,precludes Jessica Biel).

  • Young History in the Making

    That eminem b.s. about not knowing how to work a computer is unbelievable…with everyone and they granny using pro tools now a days(…shit even logic) he has no choice but to use a computer….and besides he produces as well…

  • What the ?

    I’ll have to agree with Kanghey on this one, Twitter is officially retarded as in your officially retarded mentally if you enjoy that stupid shit, gotta say it’s worse than WWE fans, you just have mental problems if you actully find it amusing or entertaining.

  • fuck you

    you fucking idiot