Black Twitter Talks: Musiq’s Rapper Persona, Kanye’s New Cut and Ferguson

September 16, 2014  |  

Although it’s hard to describe exactly what it is, “Black Twitter” is often leading many of the conversations on Twitter. From politics and social issues to pop culture and hilarious memes, Black Twitter is like the cool kid’s table everybody wants to sit at in the lunchroom.

Here’s what’s been lighting up the tweets lately.

Musiq Soulchild is now a rapper named ‘The Husel’

It seems like one of our favorite singers is trading in his romantic ballads for hot bars. Recently Musiq Soulchild announced that he was ditching R&B and reinventing himself as an auto-tuned rapper named “The Husel.”

Musiq explained the change in an interview: “I’m starting this whole new thing. I turn on the radio, and people seem to be feeling the kind of stuff that I’m doing as The Husel. The other brand (Music Soulchild) is R&B. But right now it’s kind of challenging to see or hear that sound being popular right now. For whatever reason, R&B is struggling.

“I’m the type of person who likes to entertain people based on what they’re saying entertains them, and right now this sound is what’s entertaining them. As an artist, songwriter and producer I sit back and listen and say, ‘Okay, if that’s what y’all like, I can do that.’”

Oh. Okay.

Kanye West tells wheelchair-bound fan to stand up & Gets New Cut!

Kanye’s been wilding out since his mother passed away a few years ago, but recently the Louis Vuitton Don seemed to hit a new low. According to reports (and some videos), West told audience members at a show in Australia to stand up—unless they were disabled—before finishing the show. After pointing out several people who weren’t standing, the crowd booed while Kanye proclaimed, “This is the longest I had to wait to do a song. It’s unbelievable.” Unfortunately for Yeezy, the two people he called out were not standing because they were confined to a wheelchair.

In other news, Black Twitter seems particularly amused by Yeezy’s new haircut.


It’s been more than a month since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer, and while many predicted the initial outrage and demonstrations about his death would simmer down, the conversations about the incident and protests in Ferguson, MO  have continued.


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