Twista

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Twista
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Twista at WGCI radio station in Chicago, 2010.
Background information
Birth name Carl Terrell Mitchell
Also known as Tung Twista
Born (1973-11-27) November 27, 1973 (age 40)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, record producer
Years active 1985-present
Labels Capitol, Get Money Gang, Atlantic, Loud/Zoo/BMG
Associated acts The Legendary Traxster, Speedknot Mobstaz, Kanye West, Tech N9ne, Faith Evans, CeeLo Green, Busta Rhymes, Too Short
Website Twista.com

Carl Terrell Mitchell (born November 27, 1973), better known by his stage name Twista (formerly Tung Twista), is an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago, Illinois. He is perhaps best known for his Chopper style of rapping and for once holding the title of fastest rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds.[2]

In 1997, after appearing on Do or Die's hit single "Po Pimp", produced by The Legendary Traxster, Twista signed with Big Beat and Atlantic Records, where he released his third album Adrenaline Rush and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz, in 1998. His 2004 album Kamikaze reached the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart, after the success of the Billboard Hot 100 single "Slow Jamz".

Early life[edit]

Carl Mitchell grew up in the K-Town area of the North Lawndale neighborhood of western Chicago, Illinois and began rapping when he was 12.[3]

Music career[edit]

Music beginnings[edit]

In 1992, Mitchell released his first album called Runnin' Off at da Mouth under the name Tung Twista.

1993-94: Name change, Atlantic Records & Resurrection[edit]

His second album, titled Resurrection, was set to be released in 1994, but due to problems with his record label at the time Atlantic Records and marketing issues involving fellow Chicago rapper Common's album of the same name, the album was only released in the city of Chicago and thus got little national attention.

1996-97: Adrenaline Rush[edit]

In 1996 he teamed with Chicago producer The Legendary Traxster and Cwal's Do or Die on the track "Po Pimp" produced by The Legendary Traxster, which became a hit single. This led to a Cwal's label deal with Atlantic Records, which released Adrenaline Rush in 1997.[4] Twista had by then dropped the "Tung" from his stage name.[3] Adrenaline Rush became Twista's first charting album, as it peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 200. The album also spawned a Billboard Hot 100 hit in "Get It Wet" produced by The Legendary Traxster, which peaked at #96.

1998-00: Speedknot Mobstaz and Legit Ballin[edit]

In 1998 Twista teamed with other Chicago area rappers to form the Speedknot Mobstaz. They released their first album, Mobstability produced entirely by The Legendary Traxster, in 1998. Twista then formed his own Legit Ballin' label, which released two compilation albums: Legit Ballin' in 1999 and Legit Ballin' Vol. 2: Street Scriptures in 2001.[3] The label later released Respect The Game, Vol. 3 in 2002 and Volume 4: Tha Truth in 2006. In 2000, Twista collaborated with Ruff Ryders and Drag-On on the Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 2 album, on the track "Twisted Heat."

2002-04: Kamikaze[edit]

Beginning in 2002, Twista began recording his album Kamikaze with rappers like Kanye West and Ludacris. Kamikaze came out in 2004 and debuted at the top spot of the American Billboard 200 album chart.[5] Its first single "Slow Jamz" (also featured on Kanye West's debut album The College Dropout), featured West and Jamie Foxx and became a number-one hit in the US.[4] Other singles included "Overnight Celebrity" and "So Sexy" (featuring R. Kelly); the album sold around two million copies.[3] The remix of the song "Jook Gal" by Elephant Man featured Twista and the YoungBloodZ. The Kamikaze album and its singles gave Twista a new level of success and rose his profile significantly within the rap community.

2005: The Day After[edit]

Twista's album The Day After was released in 2005. It featured the hit singles "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz, "Hit the Floor" featuring Pitbull, and "So Lonely" featuring Mariah Carey.

2007-09: GMG Entertainment, Adrenaline Rush 2007 & Category F5[edit]

Twista in 2008.

His next album, Adrenaline Rush 2007 came out in 2007. Its singles were "Give it Up" featuring Pharrell and "Creep Fast" featuring T-Pain. This album sold poorly compared to Twista's earlier albums.[citation needed] Twista appeared on the single "Hell No (Leave Home)" from Monica's album fall 2006 The Makings of Me. In 2008, Twista launched a new record label called "Get Money Gang Entertainment" and the album Category F5 with the hit, "Wetter".[6] In 2009, Twista appeared on the single "Legendary" with fellow Chicago rappers AK47 of Do or Die and Saurus and Bones.[7][8]

2010: The Perfect Storm[edit]

Twista released his eighth solo album entitled, The Perfect Storm on Nov 9, 2010. The first single from the album, "Make a Movie" produced by The Legendary Traxster, featuring Chris Brown, was released on August 24, 2010.[9] Two buzz singles were released, "I Do" produced by Traxster and "Heat" produced by fellow Chicago producers NO I.D. and The Legendary Traxster. The album features artists such as Waka Flocka Flame, Raekwon, Tia London, Diddy, Ray J, and others. Production on the album is mainly by The Legendary Traxster along with Streetrunner, Twinz, Tight Mike and NO I.D.. In an October 31, 2010 interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Twista discussed his new documentary, directed by Vlad Yudin and the making of The Perfect Storm, including his belief that artists need to do more than just record songs and that they need to become more involved with the community around them.[10]

2014-present: The Dark Horse[edit]

In January 2013, Twista was featured in a remix of Lil Reese's song "Traffic". As of 2013, Twista was working on his ninth studio album entitled The Dark Horse. He also was rumored to be in the works of signing a record deal with Kanye West's music label GOOD Music, although in an interview with HipHopDX Twista denied the rumor.[citation needed] The first single was "Throwin My Money", featuring R. Kelly and produced by Chris Millionaire. Twista appeared on the song "Jewels N Drugs" by Lady Gaga on the album ARTPOP. "It's Yours" featuring Tia London, the first single from The Dark Horse, was released on May 6, 2014.[11][12] It will be serviced to urban contemporary radio in the United States on May 27, 2014 by Capitol Records.[13]

Personal life[edit]

During the holiday season in 2010, Twista and his GMG team worked together with Chicago Food Bank's Produce mobile program to feed hungry people in the community.[14]

In other media[edit]

Twista appeared in the video game L.A. Rush as a street racer in a voiced role.

A documentary film, titled Mr. Immorality: The Life and Times of Twista, was directed by Vlad Yudin and released through EMI Label Services on January 11, 2011, which is based on Twista's life and music in Chicago.[15] Many other stars starred in the documentary; such as: Ne-Yo, Big Boi from Outkast, Jeremih, Scott Storch, Red Cafe, and others.[16]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Twista discography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 673. 
  2. ^ Stevens, Mary (26 June 1992). "Tung Twista Lands Spot in Guinness Book". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Twista". Atlantic Records. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. 
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2007). "Twista > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  5. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (2004-02-04). "Twista Blows Straight To Top Of Billboard Albums Chart". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  6. ^ Ford, Tracey (2008-01-15). "Twista Launches Get Money Gang Record Label". The Boombox. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  7. ^ Name * (2009-11-09). "Twista and AK (Of Do Or Die) join Chicago duo for fast-paced "Legendary" record". Gowhere Hip Hop. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  8. ^ Frank says:. "Saurus & Bones feat. Twista & AK (of Do or Die) – "Legendary"". Fake Shore Drive. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  9. ^ Make a Movie (feat. Chris Brown) - EP
  10. ^ Twista Oct 31st Uncensored Radio Interview
  11. ^ "It's Yours (feat. Tia London) - Single by Twista". iTunes. 
  12. ^ by C. Vernon Coleman (2014-04-26). "Twista Featuring Tia London "It's Yours" - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  13. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases | R&B, Hip Hop, Release Schedule and Street Dates |". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  14. ^ "Giving Back: Twista Helps Feed the Hungry in Chicago!". UrbLife.com. December 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Twista’s Mr. Immortality: The Life and Times Twista Documentary Drops 12/7/10". Fake Shore Drive. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  16. ^ hiphopdx.com

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