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Twista (@TWISTAGMG) Sits down with to discuss his album!!!

November 8th, 2010 | by Mr. Midwest
Twista (@TWISTAGMG) Sits down with to discuss his album!!!

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Twista Known for his quick tongue and punchy alliteration, Twista is a certified veteran in the hip-hop game.  The Chi-town rapper has come a long way since his mega hit Slow Jamz propelled him into the throws of stardom back in 2003. In fact, he’s come an even longer way since his first album Running Off At The Mouth dropped in 1992. But even with his new single Make A Movie, featuring Chris Brown, blazing up the charts, the talented emcee remains humble. 


Recently, while gearing up for the release of his eighth studio album The Perfect Storm, which drops on November 9, Twista spoke to Yo! Raps about his reunion with famed hip-hop producer Traxster, his rumored debacle with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, his upcoming DVD, and ultimately, how it feels to still be on top after all these years.


Your career started back in 1992 with Running Off At The Mouth and now you’re releasing your eighth studio album The Perfect Storm on November 9.  How does it feel to still be making music 18 years later?


It feels good! It feels good being an artist that’s well-crafted or should I say good enough to the point where the opinions of the industry [don’t] stop me from going into the studio and making another good record. Hip-hop is something that should be looked at like any other type of music. We shouldn’t [have] people talking about retiring. We need to be around for a long time.


Did you ever think your career would go this far?


No. I didn’t think it was going to start off, let alone be around at this point. But after a while, I started to realize that [my career] was in the hands of the creator. I felt like it was just a higher power. I was doing good things; things were popping for a reason, so I’m just riding the wave.


How do you think The Perfect Storm differs from your other albums?


The biggest difference is not really the music because I try to deliver to people what they want to hear from Twista. I think [the differences are] the features and the track selection.  Hearing me on there with Waka Flocka Flame and [other] artists that are doing it big, I think that’s one of the things that [is] going to attract you to the album because they’re youthful.


Why is the album titled The Perfect Storm?


With this one, I came off Category 5, which is a fierce, inconceivable storm tearing up everything [and] this time around, just where I was with the album, everything was in its perfect place. The set was perfect to make a new album. Everything was just perfect for me, so I called the new album The Perfect Storm. Also, I feel like it’s the perfect selection of tracks [to] make up a classic Twista album.


What was your inspiration for album?


To keep going. I feel like I’m the infinite one in this game, like I’m the vampire in this game and that’s one thing I want my legacy to be:  longevity. So, while everybody jumps around talking about ‘who’s the dopest emcee?’ you’re going to look up that year [and] be like, ‘You know what? I just realized Twista’s been killing them from 91/92 all the way up until now.’ 


This is the first time that you’ve been in the studio with Traxster in several years.  How did it feel to get back in the studio and to work with him again?


It was real fun. To go in there and hear that sound and that bass and that vibe that hits you in the music that I’m used to hearing. Seeing him work with my vocals what other producers or engineers haven’t been able to do with my vocals in a while. It’s just dope, refreshing, and it felt like home. Me and him in the studio work hand in hand and we make good music every time we get together.


What about your first single Make A Movie with Chris Brown, how did that song come about and what was it like working with Breezy?


Well, talking with Trax and my manager, we all have a vibe on how we’re going to come up with the next thing. So, once we started to formulate some tracks, the Make A Movie joint was the one I picked. It was sticking out more than the other tracks [and] my first attempt to take it to the next level was to get T-Pain on it. A lot of people don’t know [that] T-Pain wrote the hook to the song, [but] I wasn’t fully able to get him to sing on the song because he was very busy at the time.


So, I closed my eyes, listened to the track and it felt like Chris Breezy could be the one.  And when I let him hear it, in like a day or two [he] came right back with it like, ‘Man, I love the track; I had to come right on it.’ So, he sent it right back to me. We talked about it and vibed on it before he had sang it and [it’s] the bomb.


So, there’s Chris Brown, there’s T-Pain, who else is featured on this album?


I’ve got a song on the album with Ray J that’s off the chain called Call The Police. I’ve got a song with Lloyd on the album that’s called Bad Girl for the clubs. I’ve got Raekwon on the album, Yo Gotti, and I’ve got a song that I just recently leaked called Hands Up (Lay Down) with Waka Flocka Flame.


I recently I read that you were trying to get signed by Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music label, but for some reason it didn’t work out.  What exactly went down with that?


I think my words got misconstrued a little bit and [the situation] blew out of proportion, which is cool too, you know, say what you want. But at the same time when I was coming out of my Atlantic situation, [and getting signed to G.O.O.D. music was] just one of the ideas I was exploring. Me and Kanye actually spoke about it before in the studio, but never really pursued it. There was no negativity or nothing, but I’m pretty much my own man, I just go off on my vibe and I know what kind of situation I want. It was definitely something that I considered that would’ve been dope if it would’ve been able to fall in place at the time. [But] it’s still something that could fall in place in the future, so I’m glad the rah rah kept up because when I come with it again like, “Yo Ye, whaddup?” he’ll be like, “Alright nigga c’mon!” [Laughs]


Have you seen Kanye’s new film Runaway?


Yeah, I’ve seen it.


What do you think about it?


The music on the whole thing was beautiful to me. And as far as the visual, a lot of people had their opinions of it, but to me, I grew up watching certain movies and the themes that it reminded me of were [in] all dope movies that I liked. It reminds me of The Wiz, Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time, and it reminds me of certain scenes from Coming To America. I just felt the combination and the vibe from all those things and I was like, ‘This the shit!’ Anybody can walk in the booth and say a rap, but going the extra steps to make something different for hip-hop to stand out; just trying something different is dope.


What will is the next single off The Perfect Storm going to be?


I’m not sure yet. We just leaked the Waka Flocka Flame cut Hands Up (Lay Down). It’s really the beat. It’s just a crazy beat that feels good as soon as it comes on. So, I’m looking at that to possibly be it, but at the same time I’ve got the joint with Ray J that’s off the chain. I’ve got the song with Lloyd that’s off the chain. This is really one of the problems I always have. I find it hard to choose my singles. I usually have 6 or 7 songs on the album that [have] single potential. I have a singer on the hook or something going on where it’s like, ‘Man, this could be on the radio.’


I heard that there is a documentary film being made about your life, music and the city of Chicago. Can you talk about that?


Yeah, it’s a documentary coming out sometime in December, which is a closer, personal view of Twista and how I do things [from] more of a reality show perspective. It’ll also be talking about the city of Chicago and the Midwest and the violence that’s going on [there]. So, I think it’s going to be real dope; people are going to like it.


Does it have a name yet?


It’s called Mr. Immortality.


Lastly, do you have any plans to tour soon?


Yeah. Right now we’re just getting out mostly on promo, but we’re mapping everything out and [are] about to get up there in all the towns.


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