What Do Rappers Have Against Facebook?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (or thereabouts) that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

This Week's Panel: Z-Ro, Slim Thug, hasHBrown, Kirko Bangz, Jack Freeman, Killa Kyleon, Cory Mo, C-Stone, Chuckway, Kyle Hubbard and more.

Not Invited: Mark Zuckerberg. Or MySpace Tom, for that matter.

This Week's Prompt: Rappers, like everyone else, seem mostly gaga for Twitter. They appear to spend a lot of time on there. Why wasn't/isn't that same enthusiasm elicited by Facebook? Sure, most rappers have Facebook pages, but they're never near as active or interesting as on their Twitter feeds. What gives?

C-Stone: I think because of the speed of updates. Input and output is way faster on Twitter. But I prefer Facebook still.

Jack Freeman*: Because people are naturally lazy and a complete profile to keep track of is just too much for some people. Twitter, with all the new technology with apps, is just more convenient to keep tabs on. Facebook people have to update with pics, statuses, etc... just too much for some folks.

*Jack Freeman is an R&B singer, not a rapper. But still, the guy needs to be getting his name written more times than it has been; for cripes sakes, Dark Liquor was one of the best independent music projects in the city last year. Pay attention to him.

Chuckway: Twitter is the shit.

Killa Kyleon: Because Facebook [is] too personal. It's nothing but MySpace vol. 2.

Thurogood Wordsmith: I think the reason Twitter is popular is because it was adopted by celebrities, artists, promoters, etc... I recently read that the fastest growing demographic for FB is women aged 55 and over and that speaks volumes to Facebook's dominance. If your mom is on Twitter, you probably have issues.

Bottom line: Twitter is less personal but more direct. And that is the reason artists prefer to communicate through Twitter.

Slim Thug: To me, Twitter is easier and people respond faster on here.

Le$: Probably because they can't get all their Facebook friends to spam and act like they have a buzz.

John Dew: From a technical perspective, since I can sync my Facebook, Twitter and world-renowned-but-rarely-used MySpace together, I don't have to go overkill on FB. I just post to Twitter, let it shrink the link, and presto, instant promotion. But honestly, I prefer to use Facebook for fan interaction. Twitter is the hot thing.

Kirko Bangz: Facebook made me [laughs].

hasHBrown: By now, we all should be familiar with the story of Facebook; if not please go see The Social Network to catch up. Facebook's initial purpose was to use pre-existing networks to link you back to people you know. [It was] never meant for music promotion.

I deleted my personal Facebook page Dec. 31, 2009, and opted for a music/band page on Facebook, which can be intergrated with my blog (jettihash.com), my Reverbnation page, and my Twitter page. Facebook still has the one-up on event promotion compared to Twitter, because you can build pages in invite your friends, make other people admin's so they can invite their friends.

Facebook isn't as instant as Twitter is. Twitter is a true live stream of people's lives, thoughts, music, etc. Facebook doesn't update and, in my opinion, Twitter has spawned some of the best mobile apps out there, making it even easier to Tweet on the go. Twitter in a lot of ways has replaced texting/emailing in some cases.

It's crazy, sometimes I'll check my timeline to see if someone has been tweeting and just hit them up on Twitter versus texting/calling them. I don't know when this happened, but I can't ignore Twitter's place in my daily life. Facebook gets checked whenever I'm stationary at home like once a day if that.

Lil Flip: It's faster to me and I can talk to my fans and supporters directly. It's like I interview myself** and promote to them directly.

**Flip has always seemed to understand these sorts of matters. His answer here makes a tremendous amount of sense.

Renzo: Actually, I'm more a Facebook user because I like consistent communication with people I know in real life. Twitter seems a little anonymous to me. I recently got a Twitter and am learning how to work it. Most of the time I don't have any clue what I'm doing. I can see myself getting more involved in the future.

In essence: Fuck Twitter, Facebook forever, son!

Cory Mo: Facebook is too personal. Twitter is straight to the point.

Z-Ro: Twitter is better to me. But I do have a Facebook.

Fame Sity: I think Facebook is more personal, for people who wanna politic and just conversate. I see Twitter as more of a business avenue.

Kyle Hubbard: I think, in theory, my Twitter could be the better promotional tool but I don't have enough followers for it to be too effective at this point. I think rappers gravitate towards Twitter because the thing they are selling on there is their personality, which is great if you already have an established brand.

If I were famous enough for all my quips to be seen by an ass ton of people I would probably convert completely, but alas, I am merely @KyleHubbardHTX. Follow me, damn it.

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