Social media has vastly changed the landscape for artists (and fans) on every level.

Whether you're an OG who remembers the days of the pre-internet hustle or are still in your teenage years getting your bars up, social media has essentially become one important pillar in hip-hop and participating is vital in maintaining one's career in music. With artists having the ability to interact with fans by simply taking 15 seconds to type something out on a smart phone and hit send also comes the responsibility to use such easily-accessed mediums wisely and responsibly. All it takes, in this unforgiving era of RTs and screenshots, is one poorly worded or ill-received tweet or Instagram comment to hurl an artist into the middle of an actual PR nightmare.

While French Montana recently found himself in the hot seat, with fans setting his mentions on fire reacting to an insensitive and offensive comment he made in response to a female fan, he's hardly alone in the category of rappers learning the hard way about some of the cons that come with being a public figure in the rap game in the year 2017.

As a handful of rappers will tell you firsthand, sometimes the block button is your best friend (a la Remy Ma), whereas other times, not everything warrants a response (such as with T.I. once simply stating, "Bye Felicia"). However, sometimes you just have to hit record on a selfie video to say how you really feel (a response Soulja Boy is all too familiar with) or go off on a fan in the comments section and pen a ruthless novel in defense (a move Chris Brown or The Game commonly make). Regardless of whether you ignore the comments section entirely or further add fuel to the fire by getting involved, artists of today would be wise to remember that the Internet doesn't sleep and is always watching.

XXL takes a look at 21 rappers who have been sharpening their social media swords and perfecting their clap back game on social media in the list below.

  • 1

    French Montana

    French Montana recently found out the hard way that clapping back at a fan can do more harm than good. After criticizing a fan who struck a nerve, the rapper was met with an uproar of backlash, with many saying his comment was as insensitive as it was racist. He has since issued several apologies regarding the incident.

    #FrenchMontana vs Fan #ClapBackSeason

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  • 2

    A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg

    A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg were having some fun during a session on Instagram Live, where the comments section inspired the rappers to fire shots back at the fan who decided to get a jab in first. The whole session has since been preserved on YouTube, with fans either egging on the rappers or criticizing them for taking it as far as they did. Perhaps Instagram Live wasn't the smartest update the app has undergone, with several other rappers, including 21 Savage, having similar experiences with fans leaving hate comments during broadcasts.

  • 3

    Swizz Beatz

  • 4

    T.I.

    T.I. is all too familiar with clapping back at fans on Instagram, making frequent appearances on popular accounts such as The Shade Room and Baller Alert. Don't question his family, sound off on his divorce or even think about coming for his career, or you just might see him in your mentions.

    Ballerific Comment Creepin---- #TI #CommentCreepin

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  • 5

    The Game

    The Game is another rapper who absolutely isn't here for hate comments from fans. All too often, he can be seen defending his legacy and his family alike and sticking by his convictions, all while not being afraid to return the shade. In this particular circumstance, a fan learned firsthand what happens when you insult his baby girl.

    Now ya'll know #TheGame does not play when it comes to his children #ClapbackSeason

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  • 6

    Dave East

  • 7

    Cardi B

    Part of Cardi B's charm is interacting with her fans, often going off on Twitter and Instagram alike when fans are a little out of line. In this hilarious example, she reacts to a fan by saying they look like a toe—all for foot-shaming someone who wasn't even the rapper.

    #CardiB vs Fan #ClapbackSeason

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  • 8

    50 Cent

    As we all know, 50 Cent is a big fan of Instagram. Whether he is flexing wads of cash or having a field day roasting other rappers, he's commonly known for getting busy in the comments section as well, even when a fan does have a good point.

    Ballerific Comment Creepin ---- #50cent #commentcreepin

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  • 9

    Chris Brown

    Chris Brown has frequently not only left comments in response to fans, but sometimes he even pens entire novels. In this example, Breezy was triggered by a fan commenting on his past relationship with Karrueche, which resulted in her also responding. This exchange quickly got a little messy, like many involving Breezy do.

    This Shit Right Here... Comment Creepin ---- #chrisbrown #commentcreepin

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  • 10

    Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj definitely has a lot of fun clapping back at fans, even when it's all love, such as in this example. She also can be guilty of posting and then deleting, but hey, we all do it.

    Ballerific Comment Creepin ---- #nickiminaj #commentcreepin

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  • 11

    Drake

  • 12

    Joe Budden

  • 13

    Remy Ma

  • 14

    Bow Wow

    Shad Moss, formerly known as Bow Wow, has made it known that he cares more about his money than what his fans may think, but he still gets his jabs in on social media as well. All in a day's work.

    #ShadMoss vs Fan #ClapBackSeason

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  • 15

    Wale

  • 16

    Rick Ross

  • 17

    Sage The Gemini

  • 18

    Soulja Boy

    It doesn't take much to push Soulja Boy's buttons. With DJ Akademiks adding fuel to the fire, many fans couldn't help but test the rapper's limits questioning whether or not he owns the house he's always flexing, or if it's an airbnb rental. Soulja responded to this one by digging in at DJ Akademiks and express his outrage that fans would question his lavish lifestyle.

  • 19

    Chance The Rapper

    Chance The Rapper consistently engages with fans on Twitter and while it's usually positive, he had to take a time out to address criticisms that he's not an independent artist due to accepting deals from Apple Music.

  • 20

    21 Savage