On this day, Jan. 27, in hip-hop history…

2004: Twista dropped his fourth and most successful studio album to date Kamikaze on Jan. 27, 2004.

Kamikaze was a commercial and critical success for the quick-tongued Chicago MC and undoubtedly raised his profile in rap beyond the Chi-town area. The album held producing credits from the likes of Kanye West, The Legendary Traxstar and R. Kelly. Kamikaze birthed two of Twist’s most memorable singles, “Slow Jamz” and “Overnight Celebrity.”

Marketed in 1992 as the world’s fastest rapper according the Guinness Book of World Records, Tung Twista, whose real name is Carl Terrell Mitchell, exhibited his exceptionally rapid rap prowess on the 17-track album. This LP was Mitchell’s first solo project since his 1997 album, Adrenaline Rush. Twist’s Kamikaze debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and was Twista’s first certified platinum album.

His biggest hit off Kamikaze, “Slow Jamz” featured Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, sampled Luther Vandross’s “A House Is Not a Home” and was visualized with a hilariously star-studded video. “Slow Jamz” is also featured on 'Ye’s debut album, 2004’s The College Dropout. 

Since 2004, Twista has collaborated with rap newcomers like Trinidad Jame$ and fellow double-time rapper, Rittz. But to this day, "Slow Jamz" and "Overnight Celebrity" are still in heavy rotation among rap fans as the surefire way to cool down a crazy house party.

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