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Twista: Category F5

Category 5 (Get Money Gang/EMI/Capitol) It’s common knowledge that Twista’s name refers to his lightning-quick sleight of tongue. The onetime holder of the Guinness World Record for fastest rapper even went by Tung Twista early in his career. Yet, on Category F5, his seventh LP, the Chi-Town vet proposes an alternate explanation for his moniker, likening himself to the most dangerous grade of tornado. The powerful “Misunderstood” lends the force-of-nature analogy some credence, as Twista, along with Buk of unsung Chicago OGs Psychodrama, riffs on his struggles (“I’m kinda like Kurt Cobain/An expert on pain”) over a foreboding beat from frequent collaborator The ...

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