Life's best surprises often come from unlikely places. Twista knows this better than most.
The pioneering platinum rapper put Chicago on the rap map and made the double-time rap style a rap staple. Despite selling millions of albums and popularizing a delivery incorporated by everyone from Jay-Z to Eminem, the Windy City rapper remains largely unheralded by the uninformed. That's why he's named his new album The Dark Horse.
"Knowing my personality, that I'm laid-back and low-key and there's not a lot of rah-rah, I'm usually the one that people least expect to stand out," he says. "I'm not just talking about being on a track. I'm talking about when I'm in a room with the big dogs. I'm usually the last person expected to do something. My name also gets left off the Top MCs list, so I took on the mentality of where feel like I'm looked at as a dark horse in the industry. I like to just come out unexpectedly and shine on them."
Twista does just that on The Dark Horse selections "For Me And You" and "Scale The Wall." Produced by longtime sonic partner The Legendary Traxster (Do Or Die, Mariah Carey), these two songs add new installments to the pair's classic collaborations. "I think those two songs in particular are going to make people feel like, 'Damn, this boy ain't lost a step. This sounds just like 'Adrenaline Rush' or 'Death Before Dishonor' Twista,'" Twista explains. "The people that want to hear that dark, bass-hitting Twistasound with me snapping, I'm definitely going to satisfy them."
The same can be said for the Tech N9ne collaboration "Psycho." Although the pair has worked together over the years, this song showcases a new, dramatic dimension to their material. "It's done in the way that I envisioned a song that Tech N9ne and I would do," Twista says. "Sometimes we've done songs where I haven't really hit that style that I want to hit with him. There's a certain type of vibe that I wanted to hit. By me being the one that picked the beat and being able t