Fans are the lifeblood of any artist’s success. Without them, the music, clothing, and content they push would go nowhere, resulting in many of our faves retreating from the spotlight.
Of course, there are fans and there are fandoms, A.K.A. collective super-fans who find themselves so enamored with a public figure that they identify with fellow supporters as a singular unit. While this is technically nothing new in entertainment (shout out to the Trekkies!), the ability for a fandom itself to make the news thanks to their fevered support on a regular basis is a relatively new phenomenon.
While there are innumerable fandoms across music — from Lady Gaga and her Monsters to Kelly Rowland’s Rowland Stones — for this list, we’ve chosen to focus on the most intense fanbases that dedicate their time, timelines, and cold hard cash to their faves, particularly within Hip-Hop and R&B music.
Check out the top six fandoms below.