Twista :: Dark Horse
Get Money Gang/Caroline Records
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Guest vocalist Tyme sets the table for Twista's "Dark Horse" with
these words on the opening/title track: "Did you forget about me?/How
you gon' forget about me?/Should have bet it all on me/Now you
wanna f#^@ with me." It seems Carl Terrell Mitchell b/k/a Twista is
feeling a little forgotten by the music industry, and moments later
on the same song he admits that he's motivated by being overlooked:
"Let a nigga on the track and I attack and snatch a beat and murder it
especially off of an eighth of the bud
Now recognizin me is an abomination
Speakin on the coldest and I'm not in the conversation
Over-achiever, forever the underdog
I spit it but still omitted from every writer's congregation
When I ain't on the list with the mic splitters
Every once in a while I do be quite bitter"
If Twista feels that his name has been left out of the conversation it's
in part his own doing. A four year layoff would not have been a big deal
in a different era of music, but in the time from "The Perfect Storm" he's allowed a whole new generation of emcees to
step in and fill the void, particularly in his native Windy City. While
he was gone the Chi reinvented itself and a new generation of drill-hop
rappers like Chief Keef
rose to prominence. Not surprisingly Twista seeks to bridge that gap
by having Keef cameo on the C-Sick produced "No Friend of Me," though his
track is only available if you purchase the deluxe edition of the CD/download.
Twista has not been forgotten by his contemporaries, even if he was gone
for a minute or two. His rapid fire tongue flipping techniques have not
rusted one bit on "Burnin" featuring Berner and Wiz Khalifa, with the later
bragging that he's got "so much money I burn it." The entire track is a
metaphor for being too hot though, with Maxwell Smart and Cozmo producing
a typically breezy Twista track, fueling the fire with whatever oxygen
Mr. Mitchell isn't consuming to keep his speedy flow going.
Twista is also joined by long-time Midwestern contemporary
Tech N9ne on the Xcel
laced "Crisis." He may be the only rapper from Twista's era who can keep
up with him when it comes to spraying lyrics like an automatic weapon,
and the high-powered electronic beat suits them both perfectly. When you
think about classic Twista tracks though you think of The Legendary
Traxster powering his flow, and you'll be happy to know he's represented
on five songs of "Dark Horse" including the obvious crossover choice
"It's Yours" featuring Tia London.
"Let me get straight to it
Her body like a Bugatti, ain't nothin like a Buick
When we get passionate I'm in love with how you do it
No longer wanna lease it, I want the title to it
I might've blew it but now I know I wanna own it
and get rid of opponents but I know fame can be blind
Never knew nothin like it is so one of a kind
I know that it'd be stupid to not claim that it's mines
She fit me like a glove, hop up right up on top of her man
Then with no hands she give me a hug
Go 'head and reverse it baby you pop it like a drug
Askin me how I feel when I'm inside your love"
Given that the Twista chose the "Dark Horse" to suggest that he's the
one nobody bets on to come in first, it's fair to say his history long since
proved otherwise with classic albums like "Kamikaze" making him a household name. The only person who could take
Twista's legacy from him at this point is himself - either by refusing to
record more albums or turning in releases that are subpar and uninteresting.
"Dark Horse" addresses both - ending the long drought and dropping "quantum
physics" on tracks like "Beast," with warnings to his competitors like "don't
get it twisted when I spit it scientific" and "try to throw me in a blaze/take
away my name/kick me out the game/but I ain't gon' let 'em." As long as he
keeps that vow his legacy is secured. From the sugary Chicago collabo' of
"Throwin My Money" featuring R. Kelly, to the stuttering semi-auto percussion
bursts of "Me and You," to the mellow finger snap rap of "Getting Paper"
featuring Dra Day it's clear that Twista has not lost a step nor his swagger.
The only thing that can hurt Twista is staying away too long.
Music Vibes: 7 of 10
Lyric Vibes: 7.5 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 7 of 10
Originally posted: September 16, 2014