Boston Marathon bombing suspect was a rap fan: Ten song lyrics Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tweeted

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Time and distance provide perspective -- isn't that what they say? Sure enough, the further removed we are from the recent Boston Marathon bombing, the more the picture appears to be coming into focus of the two brothers alleged to have conducted the terror plot.

From analyzing their online presence, more than a few pundits have deduced that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother who was killed last week, was the diabolical driving force, the mastermind who had become "radicalized." Dzhokhar, on the other hand, appears to have been a typical nineteen year old kid who was into Breaking Bad and rap before he inexplicably morphed into evil incarnate on April 15.

From his tweets, Dzhokhar -- better know as @J_tsar on Twitter, or simply as Jahar to his friends -- seems like a sarcastic college student with a pronounced affinity for rap, even dabbling himself, apparently ("#imamacbookrapper when I'm bored," as he put it).

While his Twitter timeline contains some incendiary tweets ("I was going to make a joke about Hamas but it Israeli inappropriate"), and is otherwise littered with enough irony to fill a War and Peace-sized tome ("ahaha the shit that comes up when i type in my name in google..," reads one tweet, and "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing," he tweeted a month before the bombings, in addition to flippant allusions to 9/11 and the Aurora theater tragedy), really, his tweets resemble the mindless, innocuous, idle chatter of any other kid his age.

It's the rap references sprinkled throughout, however, that caught my attention. The New York Times has already pointed out his references to Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z (he tweeted lines from "Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)" the day after the bombing), but those aren't the only rappers he nodded to. Besides dissin' Chief Keef, he invoked rhymes from Dr. Dre and Eminem, 50 Cent, Nas, Joey Bada$$, French Montana and J Cole.

Now before folks start indicting the rap world: I don't know if I'd really read too much into any of that. It's just an interesting aside to an evolving narrative that most of us have been following. For what it's worth, he also referenced the Starland Vocal Band (twice) and Chris Rea. Keep reading to see the tweets.


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Angelo Atencio
Angelo Atencio

Your all retards its just an article you don't have to read it.

Scott Petrovits
Scott Petrovits

First, who cares? Second, shame on you, Westword, for buying into the endless terrorist publicity smorgasbord, giving these evil bastards exactly what they want.

DOOR 86 VEGAN Cheese
DOOR 86 VEGAN Cheese

why the FUCK are we even talking about these sleeze bags?! How about coverage of the people who DIED b/c of this fucktard and his hatred?!?!?!?? If I never see another photo of these TERRORISTS it will be too soon. Fuck these motherfuckers.

Anna Gingher
Anna Gingher

man- hold the press. Another 19 year old that likes rap. That's some serious news.

Pearce Lanning
Pearce Lanning

Why the fuck does it matter what he listens too?! Was he a dog or a cat person

Jam Iro Cat
Jam Iro Cat

allegedly did. how do we actually know what he did or didn't do? Or is everyone guilty until proven otherwise now?

Brian Quintana
Brian Quintana

Westword's SEO strategies are right on. Between this and the James Holmes coverage, we've got a bonafide terror TMZ.

Trista Vigil
Trista Vigil

It's completely irrelevant to why he did what he did, but of course the media will make it an issue. It's not like we now have this in depth look at who he really was and honestly we will never know the whole damn story. As a Hip Hop fan it just sucks that because he liked a specific type of music it automatically makes headlines as if that gives us a peek inside his mind and his thoughts. It's just another thing for people in the comments section and TV and radio show hosts to debate about.

_Evan_C
_Evan_C

Rap sucks now! that means terrorists like it. if he lives he will make a song with kanye.

Anthony Osu
Anthony Osu

Who gives a shit (about this worthless individual - key words worthless individual). Trolling at its finest.

Æriĉ Çicconē
Æriĉ Çicconē

if being from the Caucasus Mountains region didn't make him white enough in the public's eye, being a Rap fan now puts him over the top

Rebekah Lynn
Rebekah Lynn

Who cares?! Don't make him into a celebrity

Ubaldo Ciminieri III
Ubaldo Ciminieri III

Seriously, we DON'T care about this person or what he likes. Report on something more important, PLEASE.

Brian Rouse
Brian Rouse

Let me guess, he wore tighty Whities too??

Joe Rocco
Joe Rocco

...and now he has a rap sheet

JimTom
JimTom

WestWord every time you venture into real news you end up looking stupid. Stick to reviewing weed and elctronica.  

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

I refuse to read this article. I know plenty of rap fans that never made a bomb

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Seriously. What in the entire fuck does that have to do with anything? C'mon guys....

Cody Young
Cody Young

Westword needs to fire some very lackluster journalists.

Sarah Rowan
Sarah Rowan

WELL THAT EXPLAINS IT! He may be white, but he was foreign white AND he listened to rap! Phew. *pats brow*

Es Kot
Es Kot

did he also play video games?

Dan Grund
Dan Grund

I hear he occasionally ate at McDonalds, and sometimes bought groceries. Once he purchased some underbed organization from Target because The Container Store sells the same shit for twice as much, and he was a bargain hunter.

Timothy Black Tail Deer
Timothy Black Tail Deer

yeah, but that doesn't answer the most important question of all: what was his favorite color?

Damien Roberts
Damien Roberts

Between Marilyn Manson and rap...the reason for all of our problems.

Susi Micalizio
Susi Micalizio

Really?? Why would you give this guy any notoriety...

Loo Gutz
Loo Gutz

top notch important reporting

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