Vic Mensa No Longer Gets Nervous

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Vic Mensa via Instagram

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

This evening (6/5), the Chicago-raised rapper Vic Mensa will be celebrating his 21st birthday by putting in an appearance at Just Blaze's House Party shindig at Webster Hall. Having recently been crowned as one of this year's XXL freshmen, Vic's stock is on the rise -- peep his appearances on Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap and his own INNANETAPE project for a primer on Mensa's moves.

Ahead of his celebratory show, we tapped Vic Mensa to talk through his Twitter timeline about an upcoming dalliance with Nas, fans relieving themselves at his shows, and the ever-pressing Backstreet Boys versus 'N Sync dilemma.

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Meyhem Lauren: "Street Art Will Never Be Real Graffiti"

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Meyhem Lauren via Instagram

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

Queens repping Meyhem Lauren is dropping his new Silk Pyramids project this week. Produced from top-to-bottom by the D.I.T.C. icon Buckwild, you can check the first leak "Q.U. Cartilage" below to get a taste of the duo's fine blend. In celebration of the project's release, here's Meyhem Lauren going deep on the meaning behind the album title, breaking down the difference between graffiti and street art, and philosophizing over gravy recipes.

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Despot Pays Tribute to Ratking: "That Is Some Very Particularly New York Shit."

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Stay fly via Instagram

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

After signing to EL-P's Definitive Jux label a decade ago, Despot has teased fans about his long-rumored debut album with a series of one-off tracks and cameos. While you keep waiting on Despot's long-playing opus, here's the Queens-raised rapper talking through his Twitter timeline references to beloved iguanas, Lost Boyz songs, and the appeal of the progressive-leaning sounds of Ratking.

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Onyx Reminisce About The Tunnel: "Blood and Moet on the Floor!"

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Da Mad Face Invasion via Onyx HQ

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

Back in 1993, Onyx helped hip-hop take a turn to the grimy side with the then-quartet's Bacdafucup album. Just over 20 years later, the original mad faces are back with Wakedafucup, a new project out today (3/18) that they maintain channels the same rugged spirit of their debut. In honor of its release we tapped Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr to take a tweet-prompted trip back to their days running rampant through the fabled New York City nightclub The Tunnel. Stories about oral favors in the bathroom, stick-up kids posing as security, and poppin' bottles with 2Pac ensued.

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Lakutis Laments The Demise Of "Fresh Hot New York Style Pizza"

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Lakutis by Meredith Jenks

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

Lakutis came to prominence with 2011's I'm in the Forest EP, which was released on the Greedhead label. Since then he's been percolating away on the NYC rap underground and recently dropped the 3 Seashells project, which includes savvy production assists from Hot Sugar, Black Noise and Steel Tipped Dove. Off the back of that release, here's Lakutis talking through his Twitter timeline about sampling The Prodigy, fan fiction, and the ever pressing state of the New York pizza circuit.

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The Doppelgangaz: "We Hold Dipset Near and Dear to Us"

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The Ghastly Duo via Instagram

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

After dropping the marvelous HARK last year, the Doppelgangaz have opened their 2014 account with this week's 11-track Peace Kehd project. It's another fine installment in the Dopp Gang canon, headed up by the rugged-to-the-smooth singles "Holla x2" and "KnowntchooTahLie." Tapping into the ghastly duo's Twitter timeline, here's EP and Matter ov Fact talking about Cam'ron's fashion, the virtues of strong ankles, and various types of cheeses.

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Like Radio Raheem Mixed With The Goonies: Meet Flatbush Rapper Archie Bang

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Archie Bang via Instagram

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

Representing Flatbush Vietnam, Archie Bang dropped his Never Say Die Vol. 1 ('80s Babies Edition) mixtape earlier this week. The 15 track project introduces the rapper who's cast himself as "Radio Raheem resurrected" and showcases Archie's ability to spit flames over ruggedly-wrought but crisp production. Building on the buzz of the tape, here's Archie talking through his Twitter timeline references to The Goonies, collaborating with Troy Ave for the "Hey Luv" remix, and revealing his guilty pleasure Williamsburg dining spot.

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Riff Raff: "We Are Getting Special Cases That Glow in the Dark"

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The Neon Icon

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

Riff Raff was meant to deliver his long-anticipated debut album, Neon Icon, earlier this week. Alas, tragedy struck when an incident at the manufacturing plant meant that the release date had to be pushed back. Reacting to this cruel glitch in the master-plan, we bucked Tweets Is Watching's usual NYC residency requirement to rummage through Jody Highroller's timeline to talk about Four Loko excess, Justin Bieber's dad, and his suave pup Jody Husky.

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Lee Bannon Remembers Being Roommates With Pro Era

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Lee Bannon via Instagram

[Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.]

Lee Bannon saw his hip-hop profile bloom after supplying beats to Flatbush rapper Joey Bada$$, not least with the slinky jazz-styled "Hilary $wank" on the Pro Era kid's Summer Knights mixtape. For Bannon's solo debut album, titled Alternate/Endings and released on Ninja Tune earlier this month, he takes things in an unabashed drum 'n' bass direction. Off the back of that release, here's Bannon musing on who was behind the Daft Punk masks at the weekend's Grammy awards, the idea of DJ Premier making jungle music, and doing the dishes with Chuck Strangers.

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The Audible Doctor Discusses 50 Cent's Jenga Skills

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Audible Doctor via Instagram

Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

As part of the Brown Bag Allstars, The Audible Doctor has held down an esteemed position in the New York City rap underground for a while now. 2014 is shaping up to be the year his profile rises, though, not least because he's the man behind the boards for 50 Cent's latest song, the infectiously brooding "This Is Murder Not Music." We ran through the good doc's Twitter timeline to chat about his G-Unit connection, his Jenga skills, and how the current freeze affects his beat-making science.

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