Today In Hip-Hop History: November 27th, 2015
Today on November 27th, 2015 marks the day Twista was born as Carl Mitchell from the west-side of Chicago, Illinois. In recent years the rapper has fallen off the radar, yet was prominent in his relevancy in the nineties and early 2000s. Nine albums in, the 42 year-old artist gained notoriety for his multi-syllabic, splitting rhyme schemes and continues to keep his trademark style in all of his albums. Twista started rapping at a fairly young age, and it’s hard to imagine 12 year-old Twista thinking he’d be where he’s at now.
Mostly notable for his singles “Kamikaze” and “Slow Jamz,” Twista released Dark Horse in 2014 and unfortunately, received mixed reviews if not a lack of them from critics. Dark Horse was said to contain an “inconsistent track record, coupled with few and far between releases, seem[ing] to invoke the “ehhh” feeling of oh-yeah-I-forgot-about-that-dude sentimentality in view of his latter career moves.”
His most recent album titled Withdrawal delivers the same wish Twista had for Dark Horse. If you listen closely to the albums at a whole it’s not anything new nor is it cohesive, these tracks are just trying to reach for the same content and approach that skyrocketed him to fame back in the early 2000’s with “Kamikaze” and “Slow Jamz.”
It’s upsetting to see a radio-star from Chicago like Twista drop off from the map yet the reasons are clear from the problems that he has neglected and refused to address. Twista has talent, but he doesn’t have any taste. He’s a mechanically sound rapper, but his content varies. A hit-or-miss rapper can be categorized as mediocre altogether and even if you were appreciated in the past, there’s a point where accountability comes to play as an artist.
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