Joey Bada$$ Asked Twitter How He Can Improve As an Artist, Big Mistake

By | Posted May 1, 2017
For starters, don't ask Twitter how you can improve as an artist.
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Last September, Joey Bada$$ threatened to quit social media—ironically, on social media—in order to focus on making new music.

Although he never quite stepped away from Twitter or Instagram, Joey's usage did decrease. But now that the Pro Era leader has delivered All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, the long-awaited follow-up to 2015's B4.DA.$$, he has once again been active, engaging with his fans on a more regular basis.

While some of that engagement has been shaded by negativity, like Joey voicing his complaints about new generation listeners having short attention spans, the majority of his interactions have been positive and inspirational

Earlier today, in what I will assume was an attempt to further ingratiate himself with his fanbase, Joey asked his Twitter followers what he should improve upon to become a better artist.

Big mistake.

In roughly an hour, Joey's tweet elicited 528 replies, many of which ping-ponged between obvious ("BOOM BAP"), ridiculous ("Make a Kanye collab") and cliché ("Experiment but stay true to yourself").

Joey followed up his original tweet less than 30 minutes later, thanking his fans for their inspiration and ideas, but after spending 20 minutes scanning the vast majority of replies, I didn't come across anything resembling true inspiration and there were very few ideas worth exploring (one fan suggested releasing music more frequently, which doesn't necessarily guarantee quality but has proven to be a winning formula for plenty of artists).

If Joey had asked me what he can do to improve as an artist, to start I'd tell him that asking his Twitter followers how he can become a better artist is a terrible idea. There are only two groups of people who follow an artist on Twitter: die-hard fans and hater-ass trolls. That's it. This means 99% of the replies are either going to be supreme praise ("You're amazing Joey, you don't need to improve on anything!") or harshly-delivered insults ("Your shit sucks, retire.").

Improvement doesn't have to mean change, though. It can simply mean focusing on staying consistent. At 22 years old, Joey has essentially checked off every career box: release critically-acclaimed music, earn a Gold certification from the RIAA, work with legends and tour the world. Moving forward, his ability to improve as an artist will largely be dependent upon his improvement as a human being, as a man, and as a leader of his community.

I'm excited about Joey's future. Hopefully, it includes fewer open-ended Twitter questions.

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