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Twista (Biography)

HE'S the man Ludacris, P. Diddy, Timbaland and Three 6 Mafia call when they need someone to take their records over the top. He's the MC whose style has been imitated by scores of rappers. He's the underground legend ready to return to the game he helped revolutionize.

That's right, Twista is back, and after years of making hits for other artists, the Chicago pioneer is about to release his most important album - the highly anticipated "KAMIKAZE."

With 1997's "Adrenaline Rush," Twista showed how the rapid-fire flow was supposed to go. Now, with "KAMIKAZE," he shows what it is like when he elevates his own style.

"KAMIKAZE represents two things," Twista explains. "On a surface level, I was like, What could I come with after 'Adrenaline Rush'? What's the ultimate adrenaline rush? It's going kamikaze. On another level, I feel like I'm going into the game kamikaze. We know its fucked up, but we've got to get a certain goal and we're trying to achieve it."

Long-time Twista fans, who have been following the motor-mouth MC since he was named the world's fastest rapper by the Guinness Book Of World Records more than a decade ago, will be thrilled that several "KAMIKAZE" cuts build directly off his classic material.

"Kill Us All," for example, is a sequel of sorts to the classic album's title track. "I was trying to do that like 'Adrenaline Rush,'" Twista says. "I know I'm going to do 'Overdose' part two and I'm going to pick that up right where I left off, with the same little lyrics where I got cut off at. I'm going to pick that up where I left off because it had that beat and that vibe and I just started zoning to it one day while I was sitting in the studio. I started pacing the hall and started thinking of some deep, crazy, shit."

Twista also re-ups on the new version of "Feel So Good." The new version, which was produced by long-time collaborator Toxic and which features Jazze Pha on the chorus, features Twista rapping smoother, slower and working the ladies.

In another twist, Twista gives women the personality of drinks on the aptly titled "Drinks." Over a funky, Toxic-produced beat, Twista mixes and matches the personalities of Crown Royal, Alize and others into a compelling lyrical exercise.

"I wanted to do something different," Twista explains. "I like the ladies and the beat felt like that West Coast club shit. I started thinking about the club and the chicks. Toxic was sitting around like, 'What's your favorite drink?' We got the hook together and then on top of the beat I started rapping to it."

Although he's known for his machine-gun raps, Twista uses "KAMIKAZE" to display his full rapping range. Over a gangstered out track from Kanye West (Jay-Z, Scarface and others), Twista slows down his delivery pattern and displays how effective he can be with any style on "One Last Time." "I want people to hear that I can bring it any type of way t...

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