Well-known hip hop heads are always complaining about trolls invading their Twitter and Instagram with slander, but are they guilty of filling up our feeds with their own version of attention-thirstiness?
The likes of Kanye West and Damon Dash are called trolls on a regular basis, while defenders say they’re just opinionated — doesn’t mean they’re trolling. So what exactly is a troll? Urban Dictionary defines troll as, “One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.” (Spoiler alert: We’re with those Ye and Dame defenders, so you won’t find them on this list. Sorry, we’re not sorry.)
Here’s a list of the most popular music industry heads, from rappers to media personalities, who get busy trolling in these social media
streets tweets. Did we miss someone? Is someone here more truth-speaker than troll? Let us know in the comments below.
its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren't huh?
— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) December 4, 2014
We were all here for Banks when she was putting Iggy Azalea on blast for culture appropriation and attacking Fox News for ignorance. But does she feel the need to always throw shade? The femcee previously attacked A$AP Rocky on his sexuality, blasted Pharrell for not wanting to work with her, called Rita Ora “Rihanna’s understudy,” beefed with Angel Haze for saying that she “runs New York” and has come for so many more people since. Banks definitely stays on her job.
Lupe wasn’t too impressed with Kendrick Lamar’s infamous “Control” verse and trolled the Cali rapper along with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg about his views on it. In another instance, the Chi-town MC even called out a battle rapper named Dizaster on Twitter for what Fiasco that was an undeserved win. Fiasco called him the “Angry Drake.” Also, let’s not forget when the rapper released that song “Thot 97” last year. A musician trolling a radio station? That’s brave.
One of this guy’s trolliest moments ever was when he was performing at an Outkast show and cursed out the audience. Why you ask? Because he didn’t like it’s reaction to his set. “I’m just warming you up, we know who you came here to see tonight. Thanks to my five fans that are here. Suck my d—.” Cudi then left the stage earlier than planned by saying “They want to speed this thing up, so I’m going to do “Pursuit” and then get the f— out of here.” Damn. Then there was the time that Cudi trolled his fans. Earlier this year, he tweeted that he would be working on his next album Man On The Moon 3, only to later tweet that he wasn’t going to after all. Fans that were excited about his first announcement soon flooded his notifications with shade, angry that he got their hopes up for no reason.
Another troll for the books is Star. Though he’s not as trolly as he was before (most likely because no one will hire him) his name still causes a huge collective industry eye roll. From all of the shade he threw throughout his career, the most horrific had to be when he trolled the late singer Aaliyah’s death by playing plane crash sounds during his former Hot 97 show. That was a low blow, even for him. He called former colleague Ebro a “snitch” on Twitter and has come for way too many celebs to count.
Known to drop bombs and push buttons, Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex has no chill when he’s putting someone on blast. From saying that he would end Jay Z’s career to blasting Drake and saying that he had proof that he used ghostwriters, this guy is one of the most unapologetic trolls in the industry.
Old Man Ebro
Ebro is an infamous troll that the industry beefs with from time to time. Is it just part of his job though? Maybe, but still. One of his most recent trolls was directed toward Ciara and her new bae Russell Wilson. After seeing a photo of baby Future wearing the same jersey as Wilson, Ebro blasted Cici for allowing it. Why so bothered, bruh? In another instance of strolling through troll town, Ebro angered listeners when he said that Nas wasn’t a lyricist. And let’s not forget how he’s been attacking Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, along with Flex, on several occasions.
Remember when Thug said he would be releasing a mixtape called Tha Carter VI? Lil Wayne does. After a few shady subliminal tweets and interview quotes, Thug then said that he even thought about naming his mixtape Tha Carter V too because Wayne was taking too long to release it. Um, what does that have to do with you though? If that wasn’t trolly enough, he’s called Birdman his “lover” and worn dresses in a sad attempt to make people constantly talk about his sexuality, without ever actually addressing it. Over it.
— Lil B From The Pack (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) March 20, 2015
A next popular troll is Lil B. He’s trolled the likes of Kevin Durant, Joey Badass, James Harden and so much more. He’s known for putting his signature “Based God curse” on people he has issues with and we can’t lie, they’re pretty hilarious. His most memorable troll moment was when he released his album, “I’m Gay” specifically to make people talk. The based God quickly backtracked and insisted that he meant he was happy.
Tyler The Creator
Tyler’s a different kind of troll, a pranking one. He once prank called an interviewer’s friend in Toronto pretending to be a crying woman. He told the interviewer’s friend that he just saw someone get hit by a bus. In another instance, while being interviewed at KTLA5, the Odd Future rapper trolled the on-air TV anchors at the news station. He acted as if it was everyone’s birthday, bringing out confetti, balloons and a cake. The reactions on the journalists’ faces were priceless.
Where did all of this come from? One day while Gucci Mane was deep in his feelings, he randomly went on an insane rant targeting a lot of music industry professionals. Many of the people that fell victim to Gucci’s rant, including Nicki Minaj, Ciara and Tyga soon clapped back. But wait, there’s more! His ice cream face tatt is one big ol’ very permanent troll. Why do that knowing you’re going to get slandered? Then again, that’s what trolls do.
Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don't write his own raps! That's why he ain't tweet my album because we found out!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
Meek Mill had everybody messed up on social media when he randomly tweeted out that Drake used a ghostwriter for his verse on Meek’s song, “R.I.C.O.” And when Meek decided to keep tweeting insult after insult towards Drake without releasing any diss tracks of his own, not only was he considered a troll, but a whack troll that started a social media beef that he couldn’t finish.
Clowning at this year’s OVO fest, Drizzy revenge trolled Meek Mill. After weeks of diss tracks, tweets and IG posts, Drake went for the final blow when he performed his diss tracks, “Charged Up” and “Back To Back” while memes of the Philly rapper were displaying on a big screen behind him. The slander was merciless, yet brilliant, but kinda unnecessary.
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Another bother on the internet of Love & Hip Hop’s own Joe Budden. From trolling Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill’s relationship to talking shit about fellow reality TV stars like Draya Michele, his guys doesn’t look like he’s letting up anytime soon.