For the purpose of this piece, I will call the artist formerly known as Tumi, Stogie T. Just know that he will always be Tumi to me.
This might not be the actual case but the current view point of the average Black Twitter member is that Stogie T is an angry old rapper. When I told my sister about the situation with Stogie, I had to describe him through his judging role on Vuzu’s The Hustle.
I said: “There’s AKA, Khuli Chana and…”
“The mean one?”, she asked.
I laughed a bit and said: “Yup, that’s him”.
Maybe I don’t always remember him being as blunt and aggressive as he is on that show. But it’s no coincidence that the brash behaviour appeared around the same time that he traded in the everyman rap perspective for shopping sprees at Sandton City’s Diamond Walk, penthouse suite living & a lot of Cohiba cigars.
Stogie’s change in artistic vision has lead to some critical acclaim but it has caught him a lot of flack on the Twitter streets.
This is the another one of those times:
Ironically, Stogie vs Black Twitter is stylistically closer to his Tumi & The Volume days than to his current trapped out sound. You would think that it would start a buzz. But which social network would you need to promote such a song? That’s where things get tricky.
Some of his followers probably don’t care about what he has to say. They could just be waiting for him to slip up and take advantage of it. Stogie could have given more context to the “Get a job” tweet. But alas, the tone of the tweet was enough to call it a “slip up”.
Most times, your followers & 3rd party followers might want to provoke you. To the point that you either ignore them or block them. It may mean a more peaceful timeline to you as the artist but being blocked by a notable SA person is like a badge of honour to the average Black Twitter user.
ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK
I read an interview on Okayafrica where Stogie was detailing the process that led to his shift of artistic vision from Tumi to Stogie. I understand why he did it. Whether the timing of the change was correct is a debate for another time.
You’ve been told your whole life to stay humble. But once you strike it lucky and become part of a privileged few, it becomes easier to be arrogant. Granted, Twitter folks might not know what you put in to get this far, but we’re talking about human beings. Logic is not a focus point when emotions are involved.
I’m sure that he means well in some of his tweets but because of this “grumpy OG rapper” tag that has been placed on him, those tweets are like a dog whistle to the Black Twitter pack.
The matter of the fact is Twitter is an alternative reality. Twitter is supposed to be a leveler, it is all fun and games. The moment you start to get a superiority complex…You. Will. Be. Destroyed.
However, because information can be spread so quickly on Twitter, it means that information can be consumed & disposed of just as quick. This whole storm will pass & we will find the next thing to be angry about on Twitter. Until Stogie drops another controversial tweet, that is.