Lots of musicians tweet — but all that Twitters is not gold.
That’s why you’ll want to check out SPIN.com every Friday to see whose tweets we’re reading this week — then update your TweetDeck! (Obligatory Self-Promotion: …while you’re at it, be sure to follow @SPINmagazine!)
This week’s winners:
- Wiz Khalifa
Why You Should Follow: We first started following this Pittsburgh-born rapper last year when he had around 100,000 followers. One chart-topping single (Super Bowl anthem “Black and Yellow”) and a major label album (the brand-new Rolling Papers) later, he has close to 1.4 million. Fame has been kind to him — he recently tweeted about smoking a Willie Nelson-rolled joint with Snoop Dogg — but he never forgets about his fans (“to the little girls who scream loud as fuck when they see their favorite artist…we may walk past you, but we hear you”). Expect lots of tweets about his favorite activity (hint: it involves baking), his favorite music (“the isley brothers really knew how to play some shit to get the bitches”), and the joys of being a celebrity (“this is tha life we chose….to sign a million autographs and roll a hundred joints”). Bonus points: if you tweet at him, there’s a good chance he’ll tweet back, even if he’s high as a kite.
Best Tweet of the Week: “real g’s leave they driver half tha doob before they dip”
>Why You Should Follow: This ’90s indie rock band — helmed by Dinosaur Jr bassist Lou Barlow — recently reissued two of their classic albums, Bakesale and Harmacy, and hit the road for a reunion tour. They’ve been documenting the experience on Twitter, posting pictures of gas station pit-stops and 4:20 celebrations and tweeting news updates as they sell their own T-shirts at merch booths. Follow them for an insider’s view on the endless rehearsal sessions, Starbucks breaks, and technical difficulties (“funny that the only sold-out show would be plagued with gear failure, my wife couldn’t take it and split half-way thru”) that make a tour. Barlow is the one who does most of the tweeting (and retweeting), but if you see a tweet from “Jake,” that’s drummer and bassist Jason Loewenstein!
Best Tweet of the Week: “sebadoh tallahassee house show shut down by cops!”
- Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator
Why You Should Follow: Tyler the Creator is the 19-year-old rap prodigy behind the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kills Them All, better known as “OFWGKTA” or, simply, “Odd Future.” In keeping with the group’s aggressive, politically incorrect lyrics, Tyler the Creator’s Twitter profile is an endless stream of all-caps profanities and gross-out Twitpics, not to mention completely random exclamations like “I AM A STEAK” and “I Am Will.I.Ams Fucked Up Haircut.” He isn’t afraid to offend (“To All My New Followers: Fuck You, Loser”), even when he’s talking about his own mother (“Damn, I Wish My Mom Would Kinda….Like…You Know….Shut The Fuck Up”), and though he may live an extraordinary life, he’s just like most other 19-year-old guys on the planet — all he really cares about are video games, poop jokes, and girls. Expect lots of tweets about all three, and keep an eye on his Twitter as Odd Future gets ready to release their first album, Goblin, in May.
Best Tweet of the Week: “I Can Totally Be A Fucking World Star Failure Rapper After GOBLIN Drops. Fuck.”