In the words of Big Sean, I think "it's time to make a real nigga separation". Right now, I’m tryin’ah figure out how do people determine if someone is a real fan or not?
The onset of fandom. So…you’ve been rockin’ with an artist since they were on Myspace with the glittery layout, trying their best to get someone to listen to their music. I start rockin’ with that very same artist after hearing their single on the radio. Am I considered less of a fan?
Monetary support. To me, claiming to be a fan of an artist without ever purchasing their work, is like...I don't know....shaking a baby when no one is looking or filing your goldfish on your income taxes, g. Shoutout to white people for buying CDs, 'cause I know you niggas out here stealing your "favorite" artist's stuff. Point: Can someone who pirates even call themselves a fan?
The Curve Balls. There are artists who some would argue should have no fans at all. Lupe - he is too deep. Lil B - he is too based. Waka Flocka - he is too turnt up. Nicki Minaj - she is too extra. Nevertheless, these artists have built up decent followings and some question how that is possible. "I don't like them. There is no way you can genuinely like them." Is this true? How can you tell who is liking the Curve Balls to be different, and who is being a real fan?
Unwavering loyalty. Personal example: I am a Jay-Z stan, for lack of a better term. And although he is permanently in my Top 5
Physical attraction. Let’s be real. Many men could care less what Rihanna sounds like as long as she keeps coming on stage in stuff like this, with dem leg quarters expossssed:
The same goes for women with certain male artists. Does this make them lesser fans, since technically, we are supposed to judge a singer by their music?
Mainstream staple effect. Let’s face it. Some people would sell if they released a CD with 12 tracks of them breathing at different speeds and strenfs (translation: strengths). Examples include: Beyonce. Justin Beiber. Adele. Garth Brooks. Posthumous Michael Jackson, even. They will remain relevant for as long as they feel like it. Their fan bases are huge, unrelenting and seemingly biased. So, how can you determine WHO exactly is on the bandwagon and who is not?
As you can tell, I'm confused! Y'all let me know how to do it, because I can't look at someone and tell if they are a fan or a follower. At the end of the day, does it even matter?