Twista Responds to McDonald’s Ban

twista.jpgTwista has issued a statement in response to fast food giant McDonald’s decision to remove him from their upcoming McDonald’s Live Tour. The company had previously booked the Chicago MC to appear at several of the concerts, which will take place in the parking lots of McDonald’s restaurants in different U.S. cities. On Friday (July 27) the chain announced that they would be cancelling Twista’s appearances due to concerns over his lyrical content.

Twista’s statement reads as follows.

“I am very disappointed by McDonald’s decision to cancel my participation in the McDonald’s Live Tour. Being that Mcdonald’s and I have worked together in the past, it was unsettling that I would be removed from the tour after undergoing the planning process and receiving assurances from McDonald’s on multiple occasions that I would appear on the tour.

The recent trend of finger pointing, and playing the blame game with certain media outlets and certain individuals needs to stop. We live in a society that advocates free speech. You want free speech? You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then our country’s symbol has to be one of its citizens exercising their right to stand up and shout at the top of their lungs using words and telling stories that capture the reality of their day-to-day lives.

Not all art is suitable for every age, just as not every movie is suitable for every age which is why it’s lawfully labeled with a “parental advisory” sticker. Ultimately, the “parental advisory” warning aides parents in their responsibility to police & guide their children, despite that it still
should not discredit me or my music.

Art is a reflection of life. We tell stories about the culture and environment we grew up in, and unfortunately most of it isn’t pretty. But for people to single me out as a negative individual because of that is both unfair and unnecessary. The media and certain individuals are painting this as a “hip-hop” issue when this transcends musical genres. Music and art have been a means of expression for hundreds of years.

Instead of playing the blame game and creating a “right” side and a “wrong” side, let’s come together to find ways that reach inner city youth and do away with the gang and crime-infested environments where most of them grow up. Let’s understand the challenges they face and what type of communities foster that. We have serious problems facing our communities and we need
serious people to solve them.

I welcome Rev. Pfleger, McDonalds and anyone else concerned to mobilize change and help make a difference. We’ve spent enough time debating and talking about the problems. It is now time to begin working on the solution.”

  • stoneyisland

    Twista wrote this huh? yeah right his own raps arent worded this elequently. Some PR dickhead did a wonderful job though. Twista if Mickey D’s is playing you there’s always BK:) hell you look like you have had a few hundred triple whoppers and fries:)

  • brebre

    ALL OF SUDDEN TWISTA ACTING LIKE IF HE’S MLK OR SOMETHING.

  • Tonic

    Eloquent?

    “Ultimately, the “parental advisory” warning aides parents in their responsibility to police & guide their children, despite that it still should not discredit me or my music.”

    I see what he’s trying to say, but that doesn’t even make any sense. I’m sure the record label could’ve afforded a PR guy that actually graduated high school. This is probably straight out of Twista’s mouth.

  • kkrillz

    WoW! One can NEVER do right, huh? It is ssooo amazing that a brotha responding in a professional and positive manner would STILL be criticized in such a negative way. Just because he doesnt rap in an elequant way doesnt mean he cant write that way. The letter was to a corporate giant, what did you expect..”F%*k dem n!&&as at micky dee’s whoadi!”??? And whats wrong w/ sounding like Martin Luther King (MLK), is that a bad thing? C’mon!! Ghetto brainwashing you cant blame the white man for.

  • http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com The Richest Arte

    Twista has his own blog @ allhiphop.com, and he speaks the same way. When he’s rapping he has to appeal to his core audience, when he is speaking, it’s a different audience, therefore he can use his intelligence to express himself to the masses. Don’t discredit him because he doesn’t rap how he speaks; hell if he did we wouldn’t be able to understand him anyway. That’s fucked up how the “canned” him tho. I always liked Dr. Angus better anyway. King anyone?

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    thats what u get for trying to align yourself with corporate america. they will never respect you no matter how hard u try. u so busy tryin to be a mcdonalds poster boy and makin wack club songs that u forget about your true fans and the people that are really down for you..and have been since the very beginning.

    chi-town represent. Ye and Common got the game on lock. real hiphop is back. Go cop finding forever (from the store.not bootleg). best hiphop album in recent history. real talk.

  • Fire

    I can see why you guys are skeptical of him, but I think it’s good that he’s saying this and he makes some good points, like people make it into a hip hop issue when it’s an issue for everybody in music, entertainment, and the world.

  • smog

    cant put twista down, yall better feel that adreniline rush

  • CRAZYPEE81

    U GUYS ARE IDIOTS U GUYS 4GOTTEN THAT TWISTA WORKS FOR THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER. HE KNOWS HOW TO SPEAK & WRITE PROPER ENGLISH DICK HEADS

  • stoneyisland

    CRAZYPEE81 Says:

    August 2nd, 2007 at 12:53 pm
    U GUYS ARE IDIOTS U GUYS 4GOTTEN THAT TWISTA WORKS FOR THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER.

    Hey douchebag just because twisat use to deliver fucking newspaper does not and I repat does not make him a paid editor for the tribune. Shit the people who clean the restrooms and deliver mail ALL work for the tribune, stop trying to make Twista come off a editorial giant when in fact he never was or never will be, sorta like you will never be a real man. Go kill syourself you stupid fuck:)

    Chi-town till the caskets touches bottom muthafucka. 69th What??????????

  • Worley

    Let me get this straight: Twista’s lyrics are more dangerous than the million calorie burgers and fries McDonald’s pushes on billions of people daily? GTFOH!!

  • CT Killah

    all you hatas sit the fuck down nigga speakin some real shit not firin back in anger so all yall hatas can get fucked wit a dick wit aids on the tip NO HOMO

    blood out^

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    to speak at such a fast rate (faster than any other human)and actually make sense requires a high level of intelligence. good rap artists are usually have high vocabularies, and many other artistic talents that stem from high IQ’s. just cause they was raised in a poor social environment doesnt mean they are not intelligent enough to write a simple letter. dumb asses

  • jojochicago

    Shows are hard to come by and Twista isn’t high on the charts by far anymore. Overnight Celebrity to Local Rapper….again. I’m sure its disheartening because big shows aren’t lining up without a hit song on the radio! Suck it up and get back with Kanye!

  • Rizzle

    All i can say is, hating on people is a serious illness and i hope ya’ll get better soon. you know who you are

  • CRAZYPEE81

    LISTEN STONEYISLAND U SOUR FUCK U TOOK TIME OUT FROM UR MOTHER BREAST FEEDING TO WRITE THAT SHIT. U PROBABLY A FAG NIGGA WHO USES A DILDO TO FUCK HIMSELF. TAKE UR INTERNET THUGGISH SELF BACK TO UR MOMS & CONTINUE BREAST FEEDING U FUCKING CUNT NIGGA

  • Biggie

    fuck u haters, & fuck mc donalds

  • fuckin cracker

    You should try the Subway Tour, you fat fuck! You rap ignorant, you will be treated ignorant. You aren’t entitled to shit, you stupid MOTHERFUCKER. OH YEAH, FUCK ALL Y’ALL NIGGERS, HIPHOP IS DEAD…..LOL..

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    NIGGAZ QUICK 2 HATE! THIS MAN TWISTA WRITES FOR THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER. KNOW YOUR FUCKIN FACTS B4 U HATE.

  • Upsco

    Dumb argument Twista. A rated R movie is a rated R movie because of the content of the movie. Sex, violence, etc. Not because of the actually language being spoken. Dropping a record about selling coke and fucking girls is explicit whether you’re cursing or calling folks niggas and bitches or not. The RIAA still hasn’t gotten it right.

  • http://www.myspace.com/typeryter TyPeRyTeR

    I listen to Twista’s music, and I eat McDonald’s from time to time. All I have to say, Is when Mc’s get to the point where they want to start fuckin with Extreme Capitalist Companies like McDonald’s (however, I will admit their continued efforts to raise money for children’s hospitals, etc. )they have got to expect some sort of disappointment at one time or another. It’s like signing to a major, you take it cause it’s good at the time, al the while knowing the company you’re signing with probably doesn’t have your best intrests in mind.

    Come on, player! shit isn’t much different from the streets- this about money, and image. No McDonald’s Burger King, Wal-Mart or any other corporation cares about your best intrests;Only their own Image and Annual net pay.

  • esco

    i doubt twista wrote that…i mean cmon!!

  • Sean

    twista says “me and mcdonalds have done business in the past” … no shit fat ass haha.. GO EAT ANOTHER BURGER FATTTTTY

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