As with YouTube, Eminem is king of social media, racking up the largest number of both friends and followers on the major sites.
Slim Shady's command of Facebook is particularly eye-popping – nearly 44 million fans have "liked" him there, placing him not only 14 million fans ahead of Lil Wayne but also a couple of million ahead of such pop figures as Rihanna (43 million) and Lady Gaga (42 million). In fact, among actual humans, Em is more "liked" than anyone; across all of Facebook the only things given the thumbs-up more than him are Texas Hold'em Poker and Facebook itself.
On Twitter, Eminem's lead among rappers is slimmer – his five million followers top those of his "Roman's Revenge" duet partner Nicki Minaj by only 600,000 or so. And for a public figure and a musician, it must be said his following is strong but not especially remarkable – Gaga and Justin Bieber passed 10 million followers several months ago, and Em is also soundly beaten by such pop starlets as Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Shakira.
Perhaps verbally acute rappers are too hemmed in by the limits of a 140-character tweet – a length better suited for the latest thoughts by pop acts servicing their armies of young fans. To become a competitive tweeter, it helps to have a well-defined, larger-than-life persona: Diddy and Snoop, two veteran rappers who have built reputations far beyond their status as MCs, have the third- and fourth-highest numbers of Twitter followers, respectively.
The act perhaps best known for spewing pithy thoughts is world-class tweeter Kanye West, who ranks fifth among rappers in Twitter followers (eighth overall in our Social tally). So (in)famous are Ye's shoot-from-the-hip, frequently all-CAPS tweets that whole comedy sketches have revolved around them. It's actually kind of surprising Kanye doesn't rank higher – although it's conceivable that another million or two of former Twitter followers got fed up with his loquaciousness and dropped him.
Before Kanye gets insulted and tweets about this, let's give a toast to him by looking at where the critics place him among his peers.
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