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DaBaby explains why he wishes he could quit social media

Published: 8/Jan/2020 16:36 Updated: 12/Jan/2020 17:08

by Jacob Hale

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North Carolina rapper DaBaby has explained why he wishes he could quit social media in a surprisingly poetic and wise string of tweets posted on January 7.

The artist, who has risen to stardom off of the back of hits such as ‘Suge’ and ‘BOP’, became one of the biggest names in the game in 2019, working on tracks with the likes of J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and Lil Nas X to name but a few.

However, DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, felt compelled to inspire his followers with some more grounded tweets that seemed to come out of nowhere, explaining why social media is not good for people.

Instagram: dababyDaBaby (left) has over 10m followers across Instagram and Twitter.

In the first tweet, he said: “If social media wasn’t such a lucrative tool in the business I’m in I wouldn’t even be on it. Lost souls influenced by lost souls. […] I encourage people to have the courage to find themselves without the false sense of security they search for on the internet.”

He continued: “I always preferred to say less because social media ain’t a place for the truth. But lately, I’ve been feeling like it’s my calling to say more.” He also said he doesn’t want “to be identified as one of these internet MFs.”

This is a sentiment that many people with a bigger platform express at some point, saying that they feel compelled to offer their fans their version of the truth, nuggets of wisdom or more than simply being a celebrity.

He later posted a couple more tweets that seemed to target followers that think he’s “sad” just because he “said something with substance.”

He said that “the internet is so lost” that if he says something with “substance” he’s sad. “B**ch, I’m good. God just moved me to send out a message this morning. Don’t send pity where it isn’t needed. Just soak up the game for what it’s worth. Sh*t, it may not be worth anything at all.”

He put an end to the discussion with one final tweet, expressing that fans and followers might pay his more substantive messages no attention, because he’s just a rapper.

Of course, the irony is that DaBaby is posting this all on social media, a fact that likely isn’t lost on him.

DaBaby’s most recent album, Kirk, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper’s first No. 1 project.

Since then, he found himself facing a short imprisonment for alleged battery charges – something he took to his nine million Instagram followers to ask them to stop talking about on January 4, a few days after being released.

DaBaby isn’t the first major personality to come out and speak about the flaws of social media, but he makes a compelling point and probably sees the dark sides of social media more than most, given his large following.

Whether this means his social presence will shorten in the coming weeks remains to be seen, but if one thing’s clear, it’s that were he not a rapper, he might not want to be on social media at all.

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Tyler1 amazes Smash Ultimate pros after battling MkLeo on Twitch

Published: 28/Nov/2020 1:38

by Andrew Amos

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Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp faced off against the number one Smash Ultimate player, Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ López Pérez, in what was meant to be a fun T1 crossover. Instead, the League challenger got to work, trash talking and smashing about the best in the world.

Tyler1 doesn’t do anything by halves. He’s loud, and has the personality to match. He revs up his Twitch stream to hundreds of thousands of adoring fans daily, who are there not for the gameplay, but for the Tyler1 ride.

Those who caught the streamer’s November 27 cast were certainly in for a ride. The League of Legends star collided with Smash Ultimate’s biggest name, MkLeo.

It makes sense a crossover between the two was inevitable ⁠— with both being part of prestigious organization T1 ⁠— but the action exceeded everyone’s expectations. Of course, Tyler1 got trounced by MkLeo. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t able to get a stock or two, and the League streamer let the Smash pro know about it.

“Leo, I don’t think you’re that good dude. How bad are Smash players if I almost f**king beat you,” Tyler1 said, while struggling to get more than half a stock on average every game.

MkLeo didn’t take it lying down though. “You’re so bad that you’re really good at the same time,” he hit back with.

Tyler1 kept frying the big fish though. Next on his stop of trash talk was Leffen. “Leffen is a scrawny p*ssy a** b*tch. Kid sucks at f**king Smash. Rages at a children’s game, f**king loser,” he said, which had MkLeo in stitches. He had enough slaptalk for Samsora and other pros too.

Fans were also treated to some iconic Tyler1 reactions, and there was none bigger than the streamer’s bewilderment at Arsene, Joker’s Persona. “What the hell is that? Did you just enter a cheat code, bud? Are you cheating?”

After it was all said and done though, the crossover did what it intended to do. It united the League of Legends and Smash communities, and entertained everyone in the crossover that no one really wanted, but they definitely enjoyed.

“Playing and chilling with [Tyler1] really made me realize what it is to be a streamer and a gamer. Loved his personality and him as a person, looking forward to more collaborations like these,” MkLeo said on Twitter.

“T1 playing smash with Leo was actually so godlike. Makes me actually want to play league more and see if I can get to further than Masters,” Samsora also added on Twitter.

Tyler1 kept his side of the story nice and quaint though: “It was pretty fun.”