Today in Hip-Hop History: January 27th, 2004
Kamikaze by Twista and Atlantic Records
Today in Hip-Hop History marks the 12-year anniversary of Twista’s critically acclaimed Kamikaze. An album that would become his only album to reach platinum, Kamikaze sold over 300,000 copies within its first week with the help of the single “Slow Jamz” featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. Although metacritic gives it a 66 out of 100, the album sales and talent behind the creation mark such a project to be a cult classic amongst hip-hop heads. The album also contains notable features with artists like T.I., Cee-lo, R. Kelly, and Toxic who accompanies Kanye West behind the production.
The album wasn’t much of a thematic or cohesive project as much as it was just a showcase of talent for the artists behind the bars. Understandably low-rated, Kamikaze can be compared to Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City by Ghostface Killah in that it concluded more as a collection of singles as opposed to a composed and methodical album throughout. A time when Twista peaked, and a time where Kanye West’s signature soul samples started to shine, Kamikaze is a definite classic that should not be left out to waste.