One of the most irritating quirks I find in the music industry is how readily artists and fans alike are to catch feelings over even the most inconsequential of issues. We have all borne witness to a wide array of beefs amongst artists over the years. Some of them have had reasonable justification, but for the most part they’re pretty pathetic.
By way of example, Nicki Minaj has recently pulled out of HOT97 Summer Jam just because one of the stations presenters criticised her crappy song Starships. The same Nicki Minaj who deleted her Twitter account with 11 million followers, due to a dispute with her fans on Twitter. Normally I wouldn’t give a damn, in fact I rejoiced at the news that a Young Money artists has one less platform to express herself. However, I had to take into consideration that this is no way to treat your loyal fans. Speaking of ‘Tweefs’, Rihanna also unfollowed Chris Brown because she misinterpreted some lyrics in one of his recent tracks. So he responds by unfollowing her back and subtweeting about her. Really grown up behaviour.
Anyways, I got sidetracked a little. I didn’t want to focus on the artists. Today I wanted to talk about the fans who are guilty of such behaviour. One of the great things about art is that it is entirely subjective. Two people can observe the exact same thing and yet each see something completely different. You would think that most people would have grasped this simple concept. But whenever I scroll through discussion groups on Facebook, I am constantly seeing people seriously falling out because they disagree over the qualities of an artist. By all means, let’s have a civilised debate deconstructing the merits and demerits of your favourite or most hated musician. But one should not expect to see me unleashing foul mouthed tirades, insulting your parents and threatening weaponised violence against you just because you don’t like my favourite MC! Yes I understand you like his music a lot. I understand he means a lot to you. But you are not related to him. He has never met you. He’s not even following you back on Twitter. There is no need to punch someone (this happened) because you have different tastes and preferences. Take a chill pill and relax…
By the way, Lil Wayne is a piece of shit.