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Birth name Carl Terrell Mitchell
Also known as Tung Twista
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Hip hop
Gangsta rap
Occupations Rapper, record producer
Years active 1990–present
Labels Loud, Atlantic, Get Money Gang, Capitol

Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista (formally Tung Twista), is an American rapper who once held the title of fastest emcee in the world, according to the Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 11.2 syllables per second.[1] His 2004 album Kamikaze went to number-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart after the success of his number-one Billboard Hot 100 single "Slow Jamz."


Music career

Twista released his debut album Runnin' Off at da Mouth in 1991. At that time, he performed under the name Tung Twista.[2]

In 1996, he teamed with fellow Chicago act Do or Die on the track "Po' Pimp", which became a hit single. This led to a contract with Atlantic Records, which released Adrenaline Rush in 1997.[3] Twista had by then dropped the "Tung" from his stage name.[2]

This was followed by Mobstability in 1998. Twista then formed his own Legit Ballin' label, which released two compilation albums: Legit Ballin' in 1999 and Legit Ballin' Vol. 2: Street Scriptures in 2001.[2] The label later released Respect The Game, Vol. 3 in 2002 and Volume 4: Tha Truth in 2006. In 2000, Twista collaborated with Ruff Ryders and Drag-On on the Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 2 album, on the track "Twisted Heat."

Beginning in 2002, Twista began recording his album Kamikaze with rappers like Kanye West and Ludacris. Kamikaze came out in 2004 and debuted at the top spot of the American Billboard 200 album chart at #1.[4] Its first single "Slow Jamz" (also featured on Kanye West's debut album The College Dropout), featured West and Jamie Foxx and became a number-one hit in the US.[3] Other singles included "Overnight Celebrity" and "So Sexy" (featuring R. Kelly); the album sold around two million copies.[2] The remix of the song "Jook Gal" by Elephant Man featured Twista and the YoungBloodZ.

Twista's next album, The Day After was released in 2005. It featured the hit singles "Girl Tonite" featuring Trey Songz, "Hit the Floor" featuring Pitbull, and "So Lonely (Twista song)" featuring Mariah Carey.

His next album, Adrenaline Rush 2007 came out in 2007. Its singles were "Give it Up" featuring Pharrell and "Creep Fast" featuring T-Pain. This album sold poorly compared to Twista's earlier albums.

Twista also appeared on the single "Hell No (Leave Home)" from Monica's album fall 2006 The Makings of Me.

In 2008, Twista launched a new record label, Get Money Gang Entertainment.[5]

Twista released his seventh studio album entitled Category F5 in 2009.[6] also was called Cavalier



Solo albums

Albums with Speedknot Mobstaz

Albums with Legit Ballaz

  • 1999: Legit Ballin Vol 1: The Album
  • 2001: Legit Ballin Vol 2: The New Testament 2K (Street Scriptures Compilation)
  • 2002: Legit Ballin Vol 3: Respect The Game
  • 2006: Legit Ballin Vol.4: Tha Truth

Other Albums

  • 2000: Adrenaline Rush 2000: Twista's Greatest Remixes
  • 2001: Ball til' I Fall
  • 2008: Twista Presents: Who's got Next
  • 2008: Soft Buck Vol.1


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