Remember a world without tweets and hashtags? Neither do we, but Twitter celebrates its seventh anniversary today, which means there must have been a time period when the social networking service didn't exist. To commemorate seven years of #TwitterDominance, we rounded up the seven best Twitter references in music from Miley Cyrus' ridiculous rap "Good-Bye Twitter" to Trey Songz's booty-call ode "LOL Smiley Face."
Miley Cyrus explained why she left Twitter back in 2009 in the weirdest way possible: With a hard-hitting rap joint. Okay, the song totally sucks, but try to NOT be entertained watching the 17-year-old Disney star deliver the following lines with absolutely no sense of rhythm: "Everything that I type and everything that I do / All those lame gossip sites take it and make it news." Burrrrrn!
Not long after biting the hand that fed her, Miley returned to Twitter, where she happily remains to this day.
Cali rapper Mistah F.A.B. released this Valentine to Twitter in 2009, rapping, "First it was BlackPlanet, then MySpace, then Facebook took over my place / Whoa! Now I'm stuck on Twitter."
F.A.B.'s Twibute even preemptively hit back at "Twaters," which is what he calls Twitter haters. "I know a lot of people are going to be like, 'Man that's corny, what hip hop is coming to,'" he says at the end of the song. "But I don't care, I love Twitter!"
P.S. Check out the Travis Barker cameo at 3:42.
On Brandy's 2012 comeback album Two Eleven, the R&B singer talks about a paramour's "cocky talk" and says, "If mama saw this side of me / She would be on Twitter saying, 'You know I didn't raise you that way.'" Moral of the story: If Brandy's mom doesn't approve of you, you (and the rest of the world) are gonna hear about it on Twitter.
A song called "LOL Smiley Face" has no right to be this good, but honey-voiced R&B crooner Trey Songz does have some serious skills. The crux of this technology-centric tale of a booty call is that "Shorty sent a twitpic / Sayin' come get this."
Excited to get this girl with "a body like a Coke bottle," Songz tells her to "Twitter me a picture" while he's on the way to her place. Although "Twitter me a picture" sounds like your mom trying to fit in with a bunch of teenagers, the song itself is an excellent snapshot of 21st century hookups.