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Twista (born 27 November, 1973, previously Tung Twista) is a Chicago, Illinois rapper known for his rapid delivery of his raps. His 2004 album Kamikaze went to number one on the US Billboard 200 in early 2004 based on his number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 "Slow Jamz".

Table of contents
1 Early years
2 Chart success - Kamikaze
3 Discography
4 Links

Early years

Twista was born Carl Mitchell in Chicago on 27 November 1973 and grew up in the K-Town area on the west side of Chicago. He started rapping at the age of 12. However, before starting his professional career, he worked at several other jobs including factory work, selling shoes, working at McDonald's Corporation, working as a security guard and even cutting hair.

He was one of the first artists to sign up with Loud Records and in 1991 he released Runnin' off at da Mouth under the name of Tung Twista. Due to his rapid-fire pace of delivery, he was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's fastest rapper. Despite this recognition, the album achieved little success.

In 1996, he teamed with fellow Chicago act Do or Die on the track "Po' Pimp" leading to a contract with Atlantic Records. He dropped the "Tung" off "Tung Twista", and released Adrenaline Rush in 1997 followed by Mobstability in 1998. Twista then formed his own Legit Ballin' label which has released two compilation albums Legit Ballin' in 1999 and Legit Ballin' Vol. 2: Street Scriptures in 2001.

Twista developed a good reputation in rap circles leading to work with P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Shaquille O'Neal and Da Brat. However, it would take him until 2004 to achieve a platinum, number one record in his own name.

Chart success - Kamikaze

On his website, Twista stated that he made "Kamikaze" to show that he was still true to the ideals that he had when he started out. "I represent for the MCs that have skills, not just make music for the hell of it. I take the time to concentrate. Otherwise, I could have 10 albums out there, easy. I could sit down all day and write something. But I write when I get in a zone more than writing because Iíve got to do this. I represent the artists that keep it true to what really is, to be able to make rappers want to write."

"I want to show the streets that Iím back and that Iím true to the game. Musically, I want to show that Iím still out here doing my thing. After all the people that were out when I was out years ago fell off, Iím still out here competing with the shorties. I also want to gain platinum success. Itís something that I havenít done."

The first single "Slow Jamz" featured Kanye West, an associate of Jay-Z, and Jamie Foxx. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 and world R&B; charts in early 2004. Kamikaze built on the success of "Slow Jamz" to reach the top of the Billboard 200 album charts on release in January 2004 and to go platinum by March 2004. The second single "Overnight Celebrity" has also reached top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and world R&B charts in March 2004.