11/24/13: Everyone, they say, can be famous for something. In the case of Carl Terrell Mitchell, aka Twista, he once held the title of fastest rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records in 1992, after he was able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds.
These days, Twista (also formerly known as Tung Twista) is making a name for himself collaborating with the likes of Lady Gaga. Along with Too $hort and T.I., Twista is featured on the track "Jewels N' Drugs" from Gaga's brand new album, ARTPOP." While the Internet is having a field day with the collaboration (one site said the thundering hip-hop track was a "mess," while another slammed Twista's involvement on the project as bewildering).
From his involvement with Lady Gaga to the supposed release of his upcoming ninth studio album "The Dark Horse," life in 2013 has been anything but dull for Twista. Rumors were rampant that he was locked in a deal with Kanye West's label GOOD Music, though Twista himself denied the deal. His own label Get Money Gang Entertainment is being distributed by Capital Records instead.
It's a testament to Twista himself that he's remained relevant on the hip-hop scene since appearing on fellow Chicagoan Do or Die's platinum single "Po Pimp" all the way back in 1996. It became one of the most popular and best-selling singles of the year, was certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies and ranked at No. 91 on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 Singles.
"Po Pimp" later had 4 sequels: "Still Po Pimpin," "Sex Appeal," "Back 2 Tha Game" and "Do U?"
Twista Tickets - Chicago Gave Birth to a Rapper
There's no other way to describe that other than to say that it just happened! On November 27, 1973, a young one was born in Chi-town with the destiny to become the quintessential rapper from the Windy City. It took him awhile, though -- he needed to grow up a bit, and in the summer of 1997, he signed with Big Beat/Atlantic after releasing his own debut Po Pimp.
Twista Tickets - The Music of Twista
There was obvious talent there. His debut with the label was called Adrenaline Rush, and certainly the music epitomized the title easily. A year later, he released _Mobstability; and again a year after that, Legit Ballin' was cemented into Twista's career. Three albums. Well, technically four. But everything started going crazy good when he hooked up with the likes of Ludacris, Jay-Z, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony for the release of his fourth album: Kamikaze, featuring the number one hit track 'Slow Jamz.' When 2005 came above the horizon, The Day After appeared with the smash single 'Girl Tonite,' featuring an indomitable Trey Songz.
Twista Tickets - The Sound and Style of Twista
Like the Cash Money Millionaires and Juvenile, all the gold-style gangsta rappers out there, Twista found his niche pretty well with the Do or Die crowd, injecting even a bit of R&B; soul into the music. It was a welcome addition to the rap community, working with all kinds of melodies without losing the rap flow he apparently had.
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