By Jack Barnes
A South Side hero with fastest bars in the business, Twista‘s rapidfire rhymes get better with age. Living large in his luxurious new video, Twista stunts in the wilderness in “Baddest,” hosting fine ladies in his mansion and posing with his foreign car. Flowing in lockstep with Zaytoven‘s scorching instrumental, Twista flexes with the 2 Chainz-cosigned Cap 1, who provides the infectious hook, in the shadows of the San Gabriel mountains between Las Vegas and Nevada. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
Premiered by VIBE, “Baddest” is the first single from Twista’s upcoming project Crook County. Featuring appearances from Jeremih, Blac Youngsta, Vic Spencer, Bandman Kevo, The Boy Illinois and T.R.U./Caviar Dreams own Cap 1, and production from Zaytoven, Dj Tight Mike, YF Beatz, and Zenzan Beats, Crook County releases on July 7th.
Explains Twista, “Cap 1 was the inspiration behind ‘Baddest.’ He came up with the hook while we were chilling at Zaytoven’s crib listening to a beat he was playing. It was totally spontaneous. Cap is from Chi and he put the sauce on it that I needed for my project! Zay is one of the hottest in the game and has made many hits, but I seem to easily be able to come up with songs to his music.”
Recording and touring in the early ’90s under the moniker Tung Twista, Twista put Chicago hip-hop on the map with his trademark fast rapping style. Rechristening himself Twista, he helped raise his city’s profile through his collaboration with fellow Chitown veterans Do Or Die, making waves with the cult single “Po Pimp.” Though some viewed his motormouth bars as a gimmick, Twista proved the haters wrong with Adrenaline Rush, released in 1997 and rightly remembered as a classic. In 2004, Twista made his long-awaited national breakthrough with a little help from Kanye West, who produced and rapped on his platinum-selling, Billboard 200 chart-topping album Kamikaze, including the Hot 100-topping single “Slow Jamz” and the nearly-as-popular “Overnight Celebrity.” Since his high watermark in the mid ’00s, Twista has thrived as a rap O.G., dropping hits such as the Pharrell-produced “Give It Up” and the Chris Brown-featuring “Make a Movie” and appearing on singles by artists such as Chance The Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Ferg, Jeremih, DJ Khaled, Lady Gaga and many others.
Pre-order Crook County: https://Empire.lnk.to/
Crook County Tracklist:
1. Disrespectful (Prod. by Xcel for Beat Bangers Production)
2. Mortuary ft. Vic Spencer (Prod. by Zenzan Beats)
3. New Flow ft. Bandman Kevo (Prod. by YF Beatz)
4. Happy Days ft. Supa Bwe (Prod. by Zenzan Beats)
5. Hollywood (Prod. by Supe & Cal-i)
6. Baddest ft. Cap 1 (Prod. by Zaytoven)
7. Paper Chasin ft. Blac Youngsta & B. Scott (Prod. by YF Beatz)
8. Dreams ft. Bodi Deeder (Prod. by Xcel for Beat Bangers Production)
9. Stackin Paper (Prod. by Chase The Money)
10. Just In Case ft. The Boy Illinois (Prod. by Zenzan Beats)
11. Next To You ft. Jeremih (Prod. by Ty Fyffe)
12. Spend It ft. YP (Prod. by DJ Tight Mike for 1 Street Heat Production)
13. Can’t Be Me (Prod. by DJ Tight Mike for 1 Street Heat Production)
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