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50 Top Tweeters in Music

Whether it’s Kanye West or M.I.A., these effusive folks deliver entertainment 140 characters at a time

Rock stars, of course, express themselves through music. But Twitter, the perfect forum for anyone with a big ego, atrocious grammar and a smartphone, has proven a natural fit for these effusive souls. We've now read enough tweets about tour grub, philosophies of life and Persian rugs the cost of compact cars that we felt compelled to offer this guide to music's top Tweeters. Click through for the folks to follow.

By Amos Barshad

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Chris Brown


Why You Should Follow Him: Brown has deleted his account multiple times following unfortunate incidents, but can't stay away for good. Don't you want to be there the next time Breezy has a Twitter meltdown?

Characteristic Tweets:
"Being as though I've been consistent with my mixtapes, how do u think F.A.M.E is gonna sound? I'm curious!"

"I want every woman to smile today!!! We men appreciate you! Your our strength and weakness!!"

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Taylor Swift


Why You Should Follow Her: As ruthlessly wholesome as Swift's real life persona, which means it's actually more fun for haters interested in parsing exactly the level of steely, behind-the-scenes calculation on hand here. Also, sometimes Tweets photos of herself with BFF Selena Gomez.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Got to rehearsal early. No one else is here yet. So……I'm in the production office making a necklace out of paper clips."

"At my mom's birthday dinner! There are exactly 13 people here."

"Thank you SO much for the Peoples Choice Award! It's sitting here all sparkly in my hotel room. I love you guys. :)"

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D.A. Wallach (Chester French)


Why You Should Follow Him
Knowing that he's not famous for people to care about his Twitter just because it's his Twitter, indie rocker Wallach wisely ups the entertainment level with jokes about being a crack dealer and Tweets at Amber Rose.

Characteristic Tweets:
"This block is so hot that hawaiian tourists are taking helicopter tours overhead because they think it's a volcano!!!!!!!!!"

"He's been around for years but Cory Gunz is absolute virtuoso. I've always been blown away by him."

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Erykah Badu


Why You Should Follow Her: True to form, Badu sends out hippy-dippy positive vibes while flashing a well-earned sense of self-worth.

Characteristic Tweets:
"what you think about me is nunna my bitness. -Oprah Winfrey"

"sending everyone good good energy to use thru out the years- thru out the lifetimes!"

"socks and draws again."

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Why You Should Follow Him:
The gritty Alabama MC earns his keep with an active Twitpic rate; one recent offering captured a guy in a full leopard-print outfit at a urinal. Newly signed by Eminem to Shady Records, so his stories might get more interesting. Bio reads "Rapper, Skateboarder, Drinker."

Characteristic Tweet:
"Preshate everybody congratulating me .. I'm workin on my album right now .. More motivated than ever .. Ghet-O-Vision.Interscope.SHADY !!!!!"

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Why You Should Follow Him: The pop-punk brat takes smug potshots at celebs and hooks up crucial photos of him playing drunk golf. A certain druggy vibe permeates.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Rachel Uchitel is addicted to LOVE?!? celebrity rehab needs to re evaluate"

"If I hear this 'oh u fancy huh?' song one more time I might kill a cop/ set a bomb off in the airport"

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Justin Vernon


Why You Should Follow Him:
Kanye's bearded falsetto-toting muse big-ups bands, offers in-studio updates, provides links to funny viral videos, and talks sports. Casual, but focused.

Characteristic Tweets:
"anybody out there; i'm coming up on finishing the biggest thing i've ever tried to do and 'm feeling overwhelmed with gratitude"

"Packers! NFC Championship! Mike Mcarthy, Don Driver for Prez! In Rodgers We Trust!"

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Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav)


Why You Should Follow Him:
Les Savy Fav's outlandish front man knows he has to fulfill certain wild man expectations on his Twitter — and, thankfully, has no issues doing so.

Characteristic Tweets:
"I was Santa at this party last Thursday for the wilderness Inc. Anyone got the pix? Also, where do you buy salvia in NYC?"

"Dear Chubby Cho- when tour mom made you move so I could have the best seat for Harry Potter I was like, "Suckaaa! Burn- tssss!"

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Why You Should Follow Him: The New York vet's Twitter feed might accidentally sound like the name of a Real Housewives spin-off, but the content's a bit grittier than that. Tells tour stories, talks well-intentioned shit, and makes jokes about running through his DVR backlog.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Workin on a mixtape.. only rappin over samples & soul beats.. Havin trouble pickin a title.. Want the word SOUL 2 b in it tho.. Any ideas?"

"Anybody wanna get they ass beat in Words With Friends, send ur name!"

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Andrew W. K.


Why You Should Follow Him: Party! Party! Party! Party! Oh, also: Party!

Characteristic Tweets:
"My THREE DAYS AWAKE / ONE DAY ASLEEP plan is working! Now I'm on another three days awake before we go to Australia on Monday."

"PARTY TIP: If you party with a sparrow, don't mess with its wing. If you party with a dog, watch out for its tail and snout."

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Weird Al Yankovic


Why You Should Follow Him: The Hall of Fame parodist delivers a steady, reliably amusing patter that veers from topical commentary to self-deprecation.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Hold on… the cryogenically frozen disembodied head of baseball great Ted Williams is now a homeless YouTube singing sensation??"

"I love listening to early Beach Boys. Those are the kind of harmonies you can only get from YEARS of parental abuse."


Lil B


Why You Should Follow Him: The hip-hop folk hero's Twitter — where he espouses his "anything goes"-based philosophy — might be more central to his artistry than his actual music.

Characteristic Tweets:
"sum1 told me that cult is short for culture.. if that's the case then I can understand that ! – Lil B"


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Why You Should Follow Her: Proudly illiterate, occasionally political, only partially comprehensible — just like the real M.I.A.!

Characteristic Tweets:
"ITS THE MUSIC!….. im not saying it should be free im saying it should be freeer VICKILEEKX – leak me NYE!"

"IF I can jus start with 1 TAMIL child/family released from a detention center per show in OZ, i will have made 8 me's !"

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Why You Should Follow Him: The forgotten Fugee has returned to relevance alongside his frenemy Wyclef as post-earthquake Haiti advocate. His feed is a beguiling combination of personal anecdotes, charged up benedictions, and greeting card philosophy.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Sometimes I wonder if love is worth fighting for, but then I remember your face and I'm ready for war. "

"Having dinner with Prez Bill Clinton and Sean Penn in Haiti. Haiti future is looking incredibly bright….."

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Himansu (Das Racist)


Why You Should Follow Him: How could Himansu — the portlier, more Indian half of prankster-rap duo Das Racist — not have a cryptic, hip-hop-nerd-joke riddled Twitter feed? He does, of course, and it's a natural extension of the "just joking we're not joking just joking we are joking" Das Racist mentality.

Characteristic Tweets:
"someone asked me what I think immortal technique doin, I sd 'awno, googlin fuck bush?'"

"dap broke into singin 311 down jus now?"

"indians like love dying in stampedes… but white people? white people are mad corny… feel me?"


Tyler, the Creator


Why You Should Follow Him: The leader of divisive teen blog-rap cult heroes Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Tyler uses Twitter to promote his crew's fuck-the-world mentality. Uses the 'F' word constantly, which is something he will hopefully grow out of.

Characteristic Tweets:

"Jews Are Fucking Cool"


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50 Cent


Why You Should Follow Him: The obvious inspiration is Kanye's Twitter: wildly braggy and deeply odd, 50's feed perfectly reflects the common perception of the remarkably self-aware rapper. During the recent New York City snow storm, 50 tweeted photos of him shoveling with neighborhood children for money.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Have you ever met some one who was so smart you couldn't understand half the s**t they were saying?"

"BBH billionaire brother hood I'm connected, I'm respected,I got my hustle perfected. Ill show you what I'm talking about. Lol"

"I did the NAACP awards announcements this morning. It was cool I had fun doing it."

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Why You Should Follow Him: Missives direct from the multifaceted life of the itinerant DJ and producer. One good way of figuring out what to get into on any given Friday night is to check his feed to see what he's doing, and then doing it too.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Vegas wuz amazing I hope I dint git aids"

"I'm on stage look @me"

"weirdest 24 hours of my life.. u guys can read about it in my autobiography ill write when im 55"

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Mike Skinner (The Streets)


Why You Should Follow Him: Almost exclusively links to new songs or in-studio videos, plus mini-rants against predictive texting. Maintains healthy and open fan communication channels.

Characteristic Tweets:
"i love you all. i am going to cuddle you in whatever o2 academy or apollo i encounter you in febuary"

"the tron daft punk album is blowing my mind. nothing but synthesizers set to a 160 piece cinematic orchestra. NEXT LEVEL"

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Why You Should Follow Him: Can be an eyesore at times, overrun with self-promotion, @'s and re-tweets. But, at its best, this feed is the world's greatest (free) self-help seminar.

Characteristic Tweets:
"'Say it straight, simple, and with a smile' -the tag on my yogi tea"

"Whatever you most love to do is what you will do best. – R.Marston #LTTP BE YOUR BEST TODAY!!!!!"

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Best Coast


Why You Should Follow Her: Bethany Cosentino, the gabby marijuana aficionado behind Best Coast, is insular and scattershot. Her boyfriend, Wavve's Nathan Williams, and her indie-rock celebrity cat Snacks (who, of course, has his own Twitter) are recurring characters.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Omg teen mom makes me so sad. Teenagers are so mean to their parents! Sorry mom and dad for being a mean teen once!"

"why do i even waste my time getting manicures? i peel the polish off after 1 day!"

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Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend)


Why You Should Follow Him: The sharply dressed Vampire Weekend front man plays the gleeful smart-aleck on his feed, bantering with fans and Tweeting links to listings for Ying Yang Twins live shows.

Characteristic Tweets:
"wowwww. are u excited 4 "Hall Pass"? saw the trailer b4 Lil Fockers, looks pretty good"

"Silver dollar pancake inflation is out of control. That shit is bigger than a DVD."

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Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)


Why You Should Follow Him: Via adorable music videos, self-effacing Colbert Report appearances, and a gang of other delightful little moments paraded out during their breakout year, the Black Keys revealed that there are two huge clowns behind all that razor-sharp blues-rock. In between carrying on conversations with his pals and re-tweeting LeBron James, Carney — the drumming half of the duo — keeps the good times rolling with irreverent non-sequiturs.

Characteristic Tweets:
"Who wants to finance my tv show pilot about a bald male judge and an ice queen judge who date each others kids. It's called overruled."

"How many perverts are watching everyone loves Raymond?"

"Omg! You ever really think about how big the universe is? It's insane it's really big (I think) lol. But I think it must be right? "

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?uestlove (The Roots)


Why You Should Follow Him: The legend of ?uestlove's hyperactive Twitter account runs far and wide, and for good reason: presented in unfiltered stream-of-consciousness style — full of stray observations, gentle shit-talking, and great tips on songs — the feed is a constant marvel.

Characteristic Tweets:
"wowsers. ginnifer goodwin is a whole new woman. looks incredible on @latenightjimmy. can't wait for last season of big love."

"we aint been this hype in our rehearsal room since "straight outta compton" #killingROSANNA"

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Kanye West


Why You Should Follow Him: The Greatest Twitter Feed of All Time has gone into semi-dormancy since the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but hopefully the promotional run for Watch the Throne, 'Ye's album with Jay-Z, will bring it roaring back. Calculatedly quotable Tweets about fur pillows and jogging in Lanvin prove the best Kanye parody is currently being executed by Kanye himself.

Characteristic Tweets:
"I thought LOL signified a joke… I didn't get the 2011 LOL doesn't signify a joke anymore memo… LOL or something else I guess "

"I'm working 30 hours a day at least #LOUIETWEETS"

"I've finally realized as long as you use profanity when you talk about art and fashion it's better accepted!!!"

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