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The Official #Raptwitter Follow Friday All Stars

LA artist Speak has Twitter figured out.
LA artist Speak has Twitter figured out.
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The twittersphere has been all a-flutter with Kanyemania. A lot of cultural dialogue on social media has been in the vein of his new album, new baby, or new interview. Though you're probably dying to hear more opinions regarding these topics, we've decided to widen the focus a bit on #raptwitter this week.

The Twitter tradition of #FollowFriday has helped diversify timelines all over the world. This Friday, we've put together a list of some of our most interesting, opinionated, and hilarious #raptwitter favorites. The following five accounts contribute substantially to an ongoing public conversation about rap and hip hop culture everyday. Here's why they're worth listening to.

Hexmurda

Hex might as well be the mayor of Detroit. He's managed and consulted some of the city's finest, including Guilty Simpson, Elzhi, Danny Brown, and new Dallasite- Black Milk. As one of the most lovable haters in hip hop, he applies his dark and cynical brand of humor to a variety of pop culture topics, making him one of the most retweeted on #raptwitter. After a Pontine stroke in September of 2009 (which carries a 7% survival rate), Hex is now wheelchair bound. Late last year, the mother of his child took his daughter and bolted with a former friend of his, cutting off all contact with the industry legend. Though it's been a rough few years for him, Hexmurda has proven to be one of the most resilient figures in hip hop culture. He's also got a pretty sick t-shirt line.

SPEAK!

LA Rapper SPEAK! has picked up a lot of steam in the last few years. From ghostwriting for artists like Kreayshawn & No Doubt, to his solo work- he's proven himself to be quite a talent on both sides of the booth. After Kreayshan's "Gucci Gucci" became a hit, the emcee caused some controversy when he told our sister blog -- West Coast Sound-- that he'd yet to receive a single royalty from the one-hit-wonder. Kreyshawn later went on to say that she did indeed give SPEAK! money to finish 2011's Inside Out Boy. From his Twitter feed, you can expect the wavy musings of a self-described West side, art goon, Craigslist killa. He recently finished a new project that should be out soon.

DragonflyJonez

D'Brickashaw aka DragonflyJonez aka DFJZ describes himself best in his own words, "My tweets have been featured on CNN, MSN, Yahoo, Huffington Post, TMZ, Fox News, The Washington Post, GQ, Gawker and USA Today. I still aint got no hoes tho." Something of a Twitter celebrity, almost 22,000 will attest to DFJZ being a timeline essential. Though he's predominantly popular for his sports commentary, he's been known to drop some very insightful and concise points about rap music as well. His big claim to fame came when Snoop Dogg posted a list he wrote of reasons why he would vote for President Obama over Mitt Romney in the last election, and he once publicly sonned Siagon so hard.

 

Bauce Sauce

This rap freelance extraordinaire is a regular contributor to Noisey, Complex.com, and Mostly Junk Food. Bauce Sauce has had a lot of branding success through Twitter by engaging his followers more than your average blogger. When he hit 1000 followers- he shipped homemade chocolate chip cookies, original haikus, and handwritten tweets to his fanbase as a thank you. Bauce Sauce's witty and irreverent one-liners and stories are heavily retweeted in the rap blogger community, and the devoted husband & father has shown to be quite a tastemaker over the last few years. As one of the most original editorial voices in the rap blogosphere, some of his best work of late is on Atlanta rapper/autotune crooner, Future, and his themes of vulnerability in rap music.

The Kid Mero

The Kid Mero is the rap blogging game equivalent to Kelly Oxford. With his hilarious all caps rants, the Bronx native has built a following 10,000 strong, worthy of a profile in The New York Times. A New York public school aide by day, Mero has used his Twitter fanbase to pretty successfully break into the comedy, blogging, and writing industries. He writes album reviews for Noisey, and is currently working on a sitcom treatment with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. Building rapport with comics like Chelsea V. Peretti & Hannibal Burress over social media, Mero is getting a crash course on how to navigate the marketing of his comedic voice. He will forever have a special place in this blogger's heart for inventing the word #PREGGAETONE.

Honorable Mention:

@the_blueprint

Is that a beard? Is that a plane? Is that Tom Selleck in Magnum PI? Nope. It's a young management professional from Ohio named Matthew. Blueprint's distinctive dry humor on the topics of hip hop, sports, pop culture & beardsmanship- is a must have addition for any Twitter user. Boasting over 3,700 followers, Blueprint is the kind of guy you hope will soon land a column somewhere.

"The beautiful thing about rap twitter is it's ultimately egalitarian: the "best" tweets/tweeters get recognized." he says, "I don't think i have a good handle on my twitter "popularity". I know i think i'm dope and that's good enough for me."

Vanessa Quilantan is a self proclaimed Twitter queen. Follow her at @pronailprincesa


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