In effect, we might also talk about it too much. (Online celebrity rags are guiltiest of all: Every little quip from Hefner or Spears gets its own breaking-news post.) But this year, more than ever, we feel Twitter kind of crossed over into real life. Major showdowns like the Occupy L.A. raid and the Odd Future riot were documented from all possible angles; everyone at home could live a 3D, crowd-sourced, almost hyper-realistic hologram of the event.
So when we say these are the best L.A. Twitter beefs of 2011...
... we're pretty much saying they were the best beefs, period. What could be more beefy (candid, blurted, reactionary) than 140 characters of smartphone aggression? And no matter how quick you delete that shit, some poised blogger will always have a screen shot, securing you a permanent place in the "mad people making fools of themselves" hall of fame.
All right, here they are -- the five best. Largely rap-related, because that's where the concept of beef kinda originated, but there's some stuff in here for city nerds, too.5. Chris Brown versus Odd Future
Two of L.A.'s most promising young R&B singers -- one at the hip/indie end of the spectrum, the other steady occupying the Top 40 -- got into a battle of the soundalikes this summer.
When Chris Brown, mainstream hip-hop's golden voice, compared Frank Ocean, regular hookster for Odd Future, to a couple artists he obviously doesn't emulate, the shit hit the fan.
Brown: "I fuck wit Frank Ocean! Reminds me of a young James Fauntleroy or Kevin Cossum."
Ocean: "i fucks wit chris brown, reminds me of a young sisqo or ike turner."
Brown: "it was a compliment you bitch ass nigga. Everybody claim to be the devil till they meet him."
Ocean: "i just dont like underhanded comments. thats all im saying."
You don't have to fight, boys! You're both lovely in your own way. Rapper the Game, who's partaken in more than his fair share of online showdowns, told them as much: "just starting what can be a long successful career.. Don't fuck it up by beefin'. FOCUS niggas, FOCUS !!!"
But once Brown had brought Tyler, the Creator (Odd Future's biggest star) into the mix, there was no stopping them:
Brown: "fuck odd future! Make sure y'all smalltime niggas stick yo chess out when u speak to me," ... "Ain't no battery in my back! U just getting on ass niggas! Don't let them pills go to yo head!" ... "I was tryna help yo sales nigga. You fuckin clown! You and @fucktyler would be casted great for planet of the apes!"
Tyler: "What's Wrong Christopher? Amber Rose Stole Your Style Bro?"
Brown: "I never said one thing about y'all niggas and y'all started this!" ... "I was on fairfax yesterday and your so called posse was super quiet. Get better soldiers!"
And so they bantered a while longer, with Brown insisting he was so much better than this and Tyler making fart jokes, per usual. Winner: Odd Future. Sorry, Chris -- musically, many feel you can do no wrong. But as Rihanna can attest, the temper needs a little honing.