by Ifreke Inyang
Off twitter, Cyrus tha virus is actually a rapper. The Benin-based artiste released his Rebellion album in March to heavy acclaim. The album which went viral received thousands of downloads worldwide in just a few weeks. A 15-track plus 3 bonus cuts, hardcopy of the album will be released in April at the Oxygene Bar & Lounge in Benin City. The album has been described as a hard-hitting commercial and street rap album.
Cyrus tha Virus was a participant in the 2008 MTV Base Advance Warning Competition alongside the MI and Durella who emerged winner. He was also nominated for Next Rated Act in the 2008 Hip-Hop World Awards but lost out to Wande Coal.
We were able to get Cyrus to tell us a bit about his twitter experience so far:
How did you get on twitter?
My friend @krystabele asked me to come torment souls on twitter after destroying facebook*evil laugh* And she was my 1st follower too!
Who would you say is your favourite tweep?
@kimorawilliams is but my tweetfam includes @djbuzzle @mofame_ @loccibarzini and @jarmzone
Is there any particular tweet you’ll never forget? Tell us about it.
All tweets are unforgettable to me, especially the ones that encourage me to keep going strong and keep rising against the wind..
Have you had any embarrassing/memorable experience on twitter? If yes, what happened?
I had a tweet spat with @wizkidayo . He made a very uninformed view that Nicki Minaj was the greatest ‘femcee’ ever and I had to straighten the young chap out. I’d do it to anyone I think doesn’t know hip hop and says shit!
What are the downsides of being on twitter?
The downside is when people who can’t say shit to you in real life say mean things to you on twitter because they are hiding behind a qwerty keypad thousands of miles away.
What are the upsides?
Actually, twitter has brought me closer to people who knew me from way back and it has also helped them see a more jocular, real side not the street thug everyone thinks I am. Twitter has actually made me a fan of everybody because my followers CRAZY.
Many tweeps say you have a controversial personal on twitter. Is this true?
If my being truthful, being real being and never conforming to the fakeness on twitter is equated to controversy, then I’m a controversial person!
Describe your twitter persona in three words.
Real, truthful and indefatigable
Do you follow back readily? Why?
Yes, I follow back readily. I love to hear everyone’s views, ideas, madness and all the intrigues humanity has to offer!!
What would possibly make you close your twitter account?
Nothing!!! You forget I am the chief tormentor, instead of me to close my account, I will torment everyone else till they close your accounts!! #TeamNEVERbackDOWN!!
Favourite tweets: 41