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Twista
Adrenaline Rush 2007

twista.jpgLiving up to his old Guinness Book of World Records title of the fastest rapper in the world, Twista has been delivering rapid-fire bars since his 1991 indie disc Runnin’ Off at Da Mouth. But it was his major-label debut, 1997’s Adrenaline Rush, that catapulted the Chi-Town MC into the national spotlight. Unfortunately, his career has been plagued by numerous false starts. After a pair of projects with the Speedknot Mobstaz—1998’s Mobstability and 1999’s Legit Ballin’—Twista got tied up in a tug-of-war with Atlantic and Roc-A-Fella Records that delayed his Kamikaze LP ’til 2004. Containing Kanye West’s smash hit “Slow Jamz,” the album earned Twista his first platinum plaque. In his eagerness to keep the mainstream love going, the Windy City wordsmith oversaturated his next project, The Day After, with R&B duets and pop production. Although the disc went gold, its saccharine sound rubbed die-hard fans the wrong way. So as a show of good faith, Twista dubs his latest effort Adrenaline Rush 2007.

While the new album borrows its name from Twista’s classic, these are still two separate projects a decade apart. With longtime collaborator Toxic and newcomer Cuzo handling a bulk of the production duties, AR2K7 holds true to the overall feel of its predecessor. Toxic’s choppy, ice cream truck–inspired score for “7 Day Hustle” and cinematic board work on “The Come Up” evoke the Tung Twista of old, as he fires off lyrical rounds with Megatron-like efficiency. Meanwhile, Cuzo’s bell-heavy trunk rattler “Whip Game Proper,” featuring Lil Wayne, inspires bombastic bars like, “Vocalistic cataclysms, I spit the biggest words/Fuck you and your bitch-ass crew, I spit the sickest verbs.”

The verbal onslaught continues on the oppressive “Trouble,” and again with the trombone- and bass-fueled “Wrist Stay Rocky,” produced by Basement Beats. While few MCs can keep up with Twista’s speedy spit game, it’s actually a rappa ternt sanga that winds up going flow for flow with the Chicago veteran. Mimicking the cyclic guitar lick of “Creep Fast,” T-Pain chucks his robotic vocals out the window and not only keeps pace with his host, but almost outshines him. Feeling the pressure, Twista turns up the heat with, “I’ma see ya when I see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya/Got the Desert Eagle/And I’m rollin’ through in the Regal/Lookin’ at you from the eye of a needle.”

Unfortunately, Twista veers off course and begins to test the mainstream waters once again. Enlisting the once-guaranteed hit makers the Neptunes for “Give It Up” results in Pharrell’s rigidly stale hook being the foundation for a contrived club cut. Trying to recapture the crossover magic of Kamikaze’s “Overnight Celebrity,” Twista pens misplaced serenades like the R. Kelly collabo “Love Rehab,” which stands out amid the album’s harder material. Then, of course, there’s the inclusion of “Trappers Delight,” a throwaway cut from Cee-Lo and Jazze Pha’s unreleased collaborative project, Happy Hour.

Finding the perfect balance between commercial and creative content is difficult for any artist—even an OG like Twista. While Adrenaline Rush 2007 is a definite return to the raw, the aforementioned tracks, coupled with a bloated track listing, subtract from his fully recapturing the past glory of the original. Still, with potent material like the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony collabo “Ain’t No Hoes” and the high-octane “Pimp Like Me” loaded in the chamber, the Midwestern rhyme slinger proves that, even after more than a decade in the game, he still got that fire. —BRANDON EDWARDS

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  • http://www.myspace.com/the_trap_boy El Negro

    itz bout tyme tha chi got next fuck atl

    FIRST BEEYACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    so whats the release date? chi-town takin over. the center of real hip-hip…

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    so whats the release date? chi-town takin over. the center of real hip-hip…

  • Dan98

    Twista never disappoints.

  • TWISTA FAN

    Can’t wait

  • http://myspace.com/daddyizm377 Daddy Izm 377

    The midwest is the only region that gives it to the industry in the rawest form. No waterdown sound, and I am never disappointed at the music that comes out the Chi…..and I ain’t sayin that cuz im from the area. Its a proven fact. I love Hip Hop and I am not prejudice to it, but we do not need anymore hip hop music that gives us instructions to clap our hands and stomp our feet and look ass holes trying to fly like superman!!!! fuck that shit! I represent the real Hip Hop across the land!!!

    377!

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  • JC

    Just heard the whole album. That Bone Thugs song is FIRE!!!!”AINT NO HOES”..

  • STACKS1

    “aint no hoes” with BONE THUGS is raw as hell.

  • ddubbzz

    Yea…i’m definetly going to have to cop that joint..big ups to twista

  • Rodjilius

    i just hope twistas cd is hot alot of songs ive heard from him on this cd were hot

  • Shorty74

    Chi-Townz Finest! Ya’ll know what it is.

  • what????

    heard this album, nothing compared to Kamikaze, was gonna buy it but it sounds like some bay-area, hyphy, laffy taffy rubbish that i did not come to expect from twista. go back to the lab with this one homie….

  • http://keepingitrealchi-town Vernon D Smith

    twista your in a class all your own withj adren,get it wet,all your music is genius, rockerfella came up when they signed you just stay you because nop one does it better you put the chi on the map please make more songs like hopeful. chicago love.

  • C~TOWN PLAYA

    TWISTA IS BACK. no more weak poppy tracks. almost every song is straight fire! back to the roots that made him a star

  • chi city finest

    61 & cottage repping.
    what else do you expect from one of chi city finest rapper. xxl should just give him a xxl cause twista from the chi.!!!!!!

  • http://UNISWA.CO.SZ BUIZZY

    Twist’s hot, ain’t no denyin’ it. ‘em ole mutherfuckers are just about to realise that. Can’t wit 4 the release

  • goodmusic82

    Twistas always been a dope mc and like that speednotz mobstaz shit he put out way back,but adrenline rush 07 is not great!”What???” made that comment on the hyphy,laffy taffy thing which didnt apply on this album at all,what track evens sounds like that!Hyphy isnt laffy taffy either,anysways my point here is the albums rating should have been between medium and large to be honestly because the first track “charged” and “whip game proper” and of course “aint no hoes” joints are crazy,the album is kind of boring better than “the day after” nothing on “Kamikazee”.I feel like i just wrote the real review but its just and opinion that doesnt mean shit!? Maybe some better production next time.

  • CHIGIRLWILD100s

    I’M LOVIN’ THAT “PIMP LIKE ME”…HE SHOULD HAVE PUT OUT “CREEP FAST” AS THE OFFICIAL FIRST SINGLE CAUSE THAT PHARRELL SHIT IS CORNY…ANYWAY, IS “CHARGED” GONNA BE ON THE ALBUM??

  • Ya Boy

    Brandon your right when your right when you say Twista got that fire. If he just leaves Pharrell and his corny beats alone this album would really be fire.

  • chi-town 22nation

    i dont care what anyone say fuck jay and everyone else twista the coldest nigga in the game even at his worst cant no one fuck with him lyrically.just to use a jay bite do ya’ll listen to music or just skim through it, if you from the hood you cant not feel twista. i’m just disappointed that with all the collabo’s like tpain or pharrel fuck them you know at least us chitown nigga’s know it should’a been psychdrama,do or die, or the flict on there. maybe he feel he to big for them now i dont know, still the album is whats happening just cause its twista.to all the folks out there amor 22 love

  • http://www.xxlmagazine.com citybo1

    I DOWNLOADED A FEW FROM LIMEWIRE AND HIS CD IS PREETY SICK IN MY OPINION

  • Money Mike

    I just copped the album today and I agree full with the rating XL. The CD is hot and the joint Twista made with Bone Thugs is hella dope.

    Go and get it, you want be sorry…

  • http://www.mac.com temkeng carlos

    good day twista i live in cameroon i’m ajunior rapper with 2 album but no sponsorer so please i love and want u to be my boss thanks

  • jmc

    Albums sucks, he fell off big time

  • Honestasicanb

    Better than ultimate victory? Hell no. But they gave it a better rating.

  • hiphophead

    I totally don’t agree with this review. i am a twista fan and i must say i am disapoionted. this album sux. instead of a xl, it shoulda got a S.

  • JDRU

    LOOK AINT NOBODY AS RAW AS MY GUY TWISTA BUT……………. I CAN GET HIM WORD FOR WORD. NOT SAYIN IM AS GOOD OR BETTER NOT TRYIN TO TAKE NETHING AWAY FROM THE MAN CUZ HES MY IDOL AND FAVORITE RAPPER BUT I CAN GET HIM ON THA G

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