The 10 Most Popular Baltimore Musicians on Twitter
In my latest Rap Sheet column for the City Paper, I ran down a list of Baltimore rappers whoâ€™d amassed over 10 thousand followers on Twitter, as an attempt to measure the online fanbases of hometown MCs. But that raised the question, who are the most popular Baltimore musicians on Twitter in general? So here are the top 10:
10. B. Rich (@BRichbaltimore)
B. Rich is best known for the 2002 major label hit â€śWhoa Now,â€ť which predated Twitter by several years. But heâ€™s kept grinding away as an independent artist, and apparently still has a lot of eyes on him.
9. TestMe (@testme410)
TestMe started out rapping as a teenager nearly a decade ago, and over the years has enjoyed some success with his mixtapes and with singles getting played on 92Q, and it looks like heâ€™s still going strong, at least on Twitter.
8. King Midas (@KingMidasMusic)
King Midas may be best known in Baltimore for producing and performing the hook on Caddy Da Donâ€™s breakout hit â€śGrindinâ€™ On Me,â€ť but Midas, whoâ€™s also produced songs for Mystikal and Sean Kingston,â€ť has Caddy beat by over 10 thousand followers.
7. Sisqo (@OfficialSisQo)
Itâ€™s been a long time since â€śThong Song,â€ť but Sisqo is still perhaps the most famous pop star to have repped Baltimore in our lifetime, and heâ€™s got the followers to prove it. The reunited Dru Hill also have 14 thousands followers.
6. Rye Rye (@RyeRye)
Rye Ryeâ€™s Interscope debut Go! Pop! Bang! has been out for a few months now, and sheâ€™s had a banner year of touring and making appearances on TV and in magazines.
5. Beach House (@BeaccchHoussse)
Itâ€™s easy to think of Beach House as just one of many good indie bands to have come out of Baltimore over the last few years, but their Twitter stats are a reminder of just how huge they are; their latest album, Bloom, even debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
4. DJ Class (@DJCLASS)
DJ Class has been repping Baltimore club music on a worldwide scale since 2008â€™s â€śIâ€™m The Ish,â€ť collaborating with huge stars, and continuing to drop club bangers nonstop.
3. Los (@iamKingLos)
Los, who was seen this week on the BET Hip Hop Awards alongside his Bad Boy Records labelmates, is by far the most visible rapper out of Baltimore at the moment, and the numbers he racks up on both Twitter and mixtape download sites are pretty impressive.
2. Mario (@MarioSoulTruth)
192, 000 followers
The most recent of Mario Barrettâ€™s many huge R&B radio hits was three years ago, and since then heâ€™s been in the headlines more for his stint on Dancing With The Stars and a domestic incident with his mother. But heâ€™s still pretty damn famous, and is working on a new album, Restoration, due out in 2013.
1. All Time Low (@AllTimeLow)
This pop punk quartet formed in Timonium in 2003, and their last two albums debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Their latest, Donâ€™t Panic, was released on Tuesday, and may soon do the same.