Twitter brings the music beef

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By: Kristin Helf, Columnist

I don’t keep up with celebrity drama, reality television or general Hollywood gossip, but this week has been really, really weird for pop music.

Actually, it started about a week ago when rapper B.o.B. dropped a major bomb on his 2.3 million Twitter followers that would shatter all of our preconceived notions about the Earth as we know it: that the Earth is actually flat.

He doesn’t exactly have the scientific community backing him up on this one, but what B.o.B does have is photographic evidence that the planet’s horizon is straight, not curved. He tweeted, “No matter how high in elevation you are… the horizon is always eye level … sorry cadets… I didn’t wanna believe it either.”

He also posted pictures of the Earth taken from high altitudes, sarcastically captioned with, “y’all be like…’you’re not high enough to see the curve…keep going’.”

These posts eventually prompted a response from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, but B.o.B.’s still not buying it. I applaud him for being skeptical of the mass media—as he put it, “I’m going up against the greatest liars in history…you’ve been tremendously deceived”—but I’m going to have to side with Tyson on this one and say that the Earth is, in fact, round.

Twitter lit up again on Jan. 27 when Kanye fired back at Wiz Khalifa, for tweeting that Kanye’s music is “NOT WAVY.” This is an insult, I guess, and a response to the recent title change of Kanye’s upcoming album from “Swish” to “Waves.”

When Khalifa tweeted, “Hit this kk and become yourself,” Kanye mistook “kk” as referring to his wife Kim Kardashian’s initials, and then posted over twenty tweets himself criticizing Khalifa’s clothing style, music and ex-wife Amber Rose.

“4th you let a stripper trap you,” Kanye wrote about Rose. Amber Rose, always one to stick up for herself, joined the argument with a tweet that might be too explicit for the newspaper. If you haven’t yet seen it I’ll just recommend Buzzfeed’s article, “A Full Breakdown of the Long Feud Involving Amber Rose, Kanye West, and the Kardashians.”

Finally, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ new song “White Privilege II” is a train wreck of two white dudes trying to stay socially and musically relevant by putting themselves in the middle of an issue that doesn’t involve them, and that no one really asked for their opinion about. They have the right attitude, but raising awareness of the issues that people of color face should involve giving them a platform to speak on—for whatever reason, mediocre white rappers already have a platform that’s plenty large.

It’s been quite the week for celeb drama in the pop music realm. But breathe a sigh of relief, because throughout all of this mess, Rihanna’s highly-anticipated album ANTI was released Jan. 27 and is already certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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