Let’s be honest, most of us spend way too much time on Twitter. We're on it to pass the time when bored. To fill the void when lonely. To send out fire tweets that feel like a Steph Curry three (because you’re a comedy genius), only to see them bounce off the rim like a Shaquille O’Neal free throw (because genius isn’t defined by the number of faves and RTs, you tell yourself).
If, like me, you spend a stupid amount of time glued to Twitter—aimlessly scrolling, occasionally interacting, always laughing—you might as well follow the right people. People who are going to broaden your musical tastes, spark interesting discussions and, at the very least, make you laugh so hard you forget about the shit you should be doing with your time.
Excluding the many artists who are as entertaining on social media as they in their songs (word to Vince Staples, Chuck Inglish and Your Old Droog, to name a few), here are the 10 people every rap fan needs to follow on Twitter.
The self-proclaimed George Constanza of hip-hop, Big Business has turned trolling into an art form. Among his prolific 350,000+ tweets are gems like “chief keef dropped a classic album at 17 years old which makes him better than nas and most of hip hop artist debuts,” which prompted a *JimHalpertStare* from Questlove (though some might’ve actually *JimHalpertHighFived* at that tweet). When he isn’t slaying hip-hop’s sacred cows, Big Business is a must-follow for his rap nerd knowledge, endless supply of hilarious .gifs and sincere, passionate discussions about the latest hip-hop and R&B.
Amir Abbassy is hip-hop’s answer to the Dalai Lama. As the manager of Freeway and Sylvan LaCue, and founder of the management, independent label and content company Blame The Label, Amir channels his years of experience into a daily stream of motivational messages, constructive criticism and words of wisdom to help you navigate both the music industry and life in general. He’s twice as nice in person, too.
Craig Jenkins is one of the best and most respected music writers around. He’s written for Pitchfork, Complex and Noisey, and interviewed the likes of El-P, Mac Miller, and Damon Albarn. These days, you’ll find him on Vulture weighing in on everything from punk music in the Trump era to the new—and exhausting—Migos album. Though he makes no secret of his disdain for every living soul on Twitter, you’ll often find him sprinkling some of that astute music criticism onto your timeline. Just don’t get on his bad side.
If you haven’t heard of Desus and Mero by now, you must be smoking rock, let alone living under one. The Bronx duo are the hosts of the hit late night talk show Desus & Mero, as well as the Bodega Boys podcast (day ones will remember Desus vs. Mero, too). Before we saw their faces or heard their voices, though, Desus was already building his now-gigantic online audience with his witty and snappy tweets—even trolling clueless news anchors with gems like the one below.
Since its launch in 2007, FakeShoreDrive has become an institution of Chicago hip-hop. From Chief Keef to Chance The Rapper, Andrew Barber is always first when it comes to the Windy City’s ever-exciting rap scene. While that’s a good enough reason alone to hit that follow button, FakeShoreDrive is a valuable resource for his insider knowledge, informed debates about ’90s and ’00s hip-hop, and throwback footage of your favorite rappers.
Gunner Stahl is as hilarious on Twitter as he is talented behind the camera. When he isn’t capturing candid shots of your favorite rappers (everyone from Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert), you’ll find Gunner firing off witty captions, hits-blunt shower thoughts and hilarious anecdotes involving his famous friends. As his name suggests, Gunner’s caustic humor sometimes leaves casualties—especially if you rap and your name is Russ.
Brandon Jenkins, better known simply as Jinx, is this generation's Fab 5 Freddy. As the host of Pigeons & Planes’ YouTube channel, Complex’s The Culture series and TIDAL’s Group Chat podcast (alongside fellow Complex alumni Emily Oberg and Speedy Morman), Jinx is the cool and collected face of hip-hop culture in the digital landscape. When he isn’t interviewing legends like Kobe and Kendrick or introducing new artists like Yaeji and Yung Pinch, you can catch Jinx kicking game, waxing poetic and posting fire playlists every quarter on Twitter.
Desus may have a considerably larger Twitter following than his partner-in-comedy, but The Kid Mero is no less hilarious or loveable. In fact, Mero doesn't seem bothered in the slightest considering everything he tweets—strictly all caps, word to DOOM—sounds like it’s being yelled in between bites of a chopped cheese outside the bodega. If there’s one thing you need to know about dudes that hang outside bodegas, it's that they’ll roast the living shit out of you. Yakubians, be warned.
In a world full of petty debates, swift cancellations and threats of nuclear war over breakfast, Shea Serrano is a beacon of positivity on Twitter. Middle school teacher-turned-staff writer at The Ringer and best-selling author of The Rap Year Book, Shea’s unbridled love for Cousin Stizz, the San Antonio Spurs and his beautiful family—affectionately known as The GOAT, Boy A, Boy B, The Baby and their dog, Younger Jeezy—will warm your heart and put fire in your belly. With over 200,000 followers, Shea even has his own #SheaHive, aka the FOH Army, only they’d rather raise thousands of dollars for flood relief than flood your mentions. Lifehack: be more like Shea.
Often imitated but never duplicated, UpNorthTrips is the original online museum of hip-hop history. Founded by Evan “Ev Boogie” Auerbach and named after the classic Mobb Deep cut, UpNorthTrips kickstarted the trend of commemorating anniversaries of important rap albums and iconic cultural moments that you see all over Twitter today. What the copycats don’t have, though, is a whole archive of hip-hop history from someone who was there to actually witness it. Respect your OGs.