Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica Twitter Birth of New Baby
Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica have made some form of twisted, celebrity, hip-hop Twitter history (no, it's not "twistory") by posting live updates to their respective Twitter accounts — before, during (!), and after the birth of their new baby daugther.
Remember the halcyon days of music television, back when MTV Cribs was a way to get "insight" into the real lives of celebrities and hip-hop stars?
Who would have thought that fans, friends, and relatively anonymous 'followers' would gain extensive access into the most intimate aspects of celebrities' lives?
Perhaps some things are better left to be experienced fully — as they occur — without being saddled by the burden of a technology-fueled, compulsive desire to 'share' the minutiae of every moment with the world. Or perhaps not.
This weekend, one pair of artists took things further than we expected, as Erykah Badu and her beau, upstart rapper Jay Electronica, sent tweets of their daughter's birth in real time.
The ever enigmatic Badu kick-started the experience, telling the more than 4,500 followers of her Twitter blog, "Fatbellybella": "Morning, I'm in labor."
The Grammy-winning singer gave updates on the time between her contractions before going AWOL. Presumably Badu was, you know, giving birth when she disappeared. But Electronica kept sending updates throughout the birth on his page, "JayElectronica."
Badu and Electronica chose to forgo delivery in a hospital and instead opted for a home birth with a midwife. According to updates, it looked like the midwife may have been running a bit late.
"Labor has begun," Electronica wrote. "Everybody stand back. No hospitals. No doctors. No medicine. We're waiting for the midwife to show."
While waiting for the midwife, Electronica described the vibe and sent messages to rapper Talib Kweli ("I'm build for this sh--") and producer Just Blaze ("You should be here").
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