10 Biggest Hip-Hop Social Media Meltdowns of 2016
The Internet has long been a tool that various artists of all genres have used. It wasn't until the mid-aughts when the music industry, particularly rap, began to truly explore all of the possibilities that the web could bring. Although first utilized -- as early as the 1990s -- by many as a distribution point for their music, merchandise and everything in between, more than a few artists also utilized the Internet to keep in contact with fans via chat rooms and message boards, both of which could be viewed as some of the earliest incarnations of social media. The introduction of websites, blogs and file-sharing sites catering to hip-hop would truly help pull the genre into the Internet age.
However, social media sites like MySpace would break all barriers between rappers and their fans, opening up communication like never before. In 2016, with platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, artists that once shunned the Internet and social media have begun using both as a valuable tool to express themselves to get their message across and to vent -- a lot.
With the freedom of expression comes much responsibility and publicity, which some rappers may forget when spilling their feelings or going on an ill-advised rant. 2016 was an especially eventful year full of social media shenanigans, mishaps and everything in between. Azealia Banks is a prime example of social media use gone wrong. Her Twitter account was terminated in May for violating the social media company's rules surrounding abuse. Then there's Kanye West, who takes long breaks from tweeting but when he gets going, there's no telling what topic he'll cover and the end result is a rant of epic proportions.
With a crazy year of tweets, Instagram posts and status updates behind us, here are 10 rappers who experienced social media meltdowns in 2016.