by Jaime Lees
It used to be something that I just did while trapped in my car. Waiting to pick up a friend at the airport? Check Murphy Lee's Twitter account. Sitting in stopped traffic on the highway? Check Murphy Lee's Twitter account. Pull up to the crib and see a creeper hanging outside and need to waste some time? Check Murphy Lee's Twitter account.
But now I do it all the time. And I show it to everybody else. Why? Because I love him. And because Murphy Lee's Twitter feed can be all things to all people. It offers funny stories, sage advice, cathartic rants and inspiring suggestions. Here, thug stories are mixed with non-preachy praises of veganism. (Murph has been a vegan for thirteen years.) There are also family stories and lots of advice concerning the ladies in his life. It's equal parts love, wisdom and yo momma.
Still, Murph is a businessman. He also uses twitter to promote his projects (most recently, the Wine, Weed & Women mixtape) and advertise his interests (like his own brand of wine, Freaky Muscato.) He even has his own Twitter catch phrases based off of his ventures. (UCME?)
As a long-time St. Lunatic and St. Louis booster, Murphy Lee often tweets about the city and related news. His Twitter location reads: "STL even when im gone." And his stream-of-consciousness style and adventurous spelling choices call to mind another St. Louis legend: William S. Burroughs. In other words, don't take every word too literally. Sometimes if you just keep reading it will all start to make sense.
Anyway, because he's on there so much, I figured I'd use Twitter as the first step to our future romantic relationship. So I tweeted at him early this year, trying to get him to come to my birthday party. I even promised him yummy vegan noms, but I didn't get a response. Bummer. Still, my constant stalking has paid off for you, because I've amassed quite the collection of hilarious and informative Murphy Lee Twitter missives. Here, you can find 20 of my favorites from the past year, and most of them are fairly recent. You're going to love him, but I still love him more.
Ten through one on the next page...