The Hip Hop world witnessed one the latest great Hip Hop Beefs within the genre. The beef started over Meek Mill accusing Drake of using a ghost writer for his hit songs. Drake responded back by attacking Meek’s album sales along with his relationship with pop star Niki Minaj. What separates this battle from others in the past is social media. This was the first beef that took place on social media in the Hip Hop era. Drake and Meek fans stormed to Instagram and Twitter to create their most creative memes. Twitter spoof accounts started popping up to showcase some of the best memes. There were so many memes that Drake created a powerpoint or keynote of the memes and played them on a big screen during the OVO festival in Toronto , Canada. Is it possible to label all of these tactics as cyberbullying? Here is how cyberbullying is defined by Stop Cyberbullying Gov:
Cyberbullying is defined as bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Some examples of cyberbullying include but not limited to memes, text messages, embarrassing pictures, emails, fake profiles, videos, etc. Cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying within the following ways according to Stop Bullying GOV
- Cyberbullying happens 24/7 during any time of day regardless of the person’s location.
- Cyberbullying can be impossible to trace due to the anonymity of the poster
- Cyberbullying images and messages can spread within a matter of seconds
- Cyberbullying messages, texts, pictures, and videos are difficult to delete after the post have been posted or sent.
Based upon the definition of cyberbullying , not only did Drake and Meek cyberbully each other their fans engaged in the same behavior. Below are some examples of the cyberbullying that took place.
Unfortunately, this rap beef led to someone loosing their life. Allegations were made that someone affiliated with Meeks camp shot up a club during the OVO fest that lead to a death. In Episode #2 of the Digital Parent Podcast, Dr. Patton discussed how cyberbullying on line can lead to violence in the streets:
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