Twista is a known American rapper who came to limelight with his style of rapping which brought him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 199w as the fastest rapper on the planet.
He was born in Carl Terrell Mitchell in a town of Chicago, in Illinois, in the United States, on November 27, 1973. He spent most of his childhood playing and he did not really care about school.
He grew up in the West Side of Chicago, in the neighborhood titled North Lawndale.
He was always a fast-talking child and very restless and hyperactive. He gained interest in rapping when he was only 12 years old.
After his dad moved to Seattle because he had to work there Twista went with him but eventually returned to Chicago to live with his older brother whom he considered to be like a father to him.
He helped out Twista and supported him in his rap career. This played a major role for the deals he got soon after that.
He started recording music when he was only 17 and the tapes he made were followed by his debut album titled “Runnin’ Off at da Mouth”.
Back then his stage name wasn’t Twista but he called himself Tung Twista. He changed it later.
This album was released through Loud Records, a new label founded in 1991 by Rifkind and Isaacson and this was the first album released by this label.
The album came out after Teista entered the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest rapper in the whole world. Many people started to make memes about him and they made fun of him for trying to be relevant by entering the Guiness book, but others found this really interesting and they gave props to him.
The album was produced by DJ Rhythm and Eric the Wiz and the only single released from the album was called “Mr. Tung Twista”.
The single wasn’t especially well received. In 1994, he has released his 2nd album titled “Ressurection”.
This album was released only in his hometown Chicago because of the conflict with another rapper from Chicago named Common whose album had the same name.
Due to a small market, the album didn’t get much attention, but his song “Suicide” became very interesting to a lot of people because it was a diss track to Naughty by Native who made fun of his fast rap style.
In 1997, he has released his 3rd album featured by many artists such as Johnny P, Miss Kane, and others. He says that he likes to work with other singers, but that these experiences can often help him understand the true colors of the industry.
His single “Get it West” entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 96th place. The album was finally certified gold in 1994.
The same year he released the album he has appeared on “Po Pimp”, a single performed by an American hip hop trio called “Do or Die”. It was a huge hit and brought Twista accolades.
He also changed his stage name in 1997, losing “Tung”. The album also entered Billboard 200 Albums Chart on No. 77. He said that his dream was to be number one on Billboard, just like his favorite artists.
In 1998, he decided to team up with several rappers and create a hip hop group named “Speedknot Mobstaz”.
He already collaborated with them earlier since they appeared on his “Ressurection” album from 1994. Their debut album called “Mobstability” was completely produced by a great producer named The Legendary Traxster.
Twist also entered record business area by creating his own label “Legit Ballin” and he has released two albums by himself. In 1999, he has released “Legit Ballin'” and in 2001 “Legit Ballin’ Vol. 2”.
In 2000, Twista was invited for collaboration with Ruff Ryders, a record label which is a part of the Universal group. They released “Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die”.
In 2002 he started his collaboration with Kanye West and Ludacris who were going to appear on his new album “Kamikaze”. It was released in January 2004, by Atlantic Records.
The album gained huge attention and went to No.1. Of Billboard 200 album chart which was a proof of Twista’s abilities.
The biggest hit on the album was a single “Slow Jamz” which became a huge hit and went to No.1. The album was sold in millions and gained Twista a huge financial reward.
This album brought him recognition and he grew a lot in the rap community and amongst critics.
In 2005 he has released his 5th studio album titled “The Day After”. It was released again by the Atlantic Records and it gained good reviews. Later it was certified gold.
This time it wasn’t produced by the Traxster but by The Neptunes. His biggest hit was “Hit the Floor” made in collaboration with Pitbull: “Girl Tonite” featured by Trey Songz and an interesting collab with Mariah Carey on a single named “So Lonely”.
In 2006 his 6th album “Adrenaline Rush 2007” was released and it was produced by The Neptunes, R Kelly, and Basement Beats.
In 2006 he was featured on a single by Monica called “Hell No (Leave Home)”.
Two years later Twista created hud new record label under the name “Get Money Gang Entertainment”.
He has also released his 7th album produced again by Legendary Traxster. “Wetter” was a hit song on the album.
In 2010 he released his 8th album named “The Perfect Storm”. The lead single from the album was “Make a Movie”, featured by Chris Brown and produced by the Legendary Traxster.
Guests who appeared on the album were Waka Flocka Flame, Diddy, Raskwin, and others. It was again mainly produced by The Legendary Traxster who became a good friend of his.
In 2010, a documentary film called “Mr. Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista” was released.
In 2014, he has released his 9th studio album called “Dark Horse”. Before he released the album he has previously released a single “Throwing My Money” with R. Kelly. He was featured on Lady Gaga’s single “Jewels N Drugs”.
He was rumored that he will sign a record label with Good Music, a record label owned by Kanye West but he didn’t.
In 2015 he was featured on an album by Jonathan Hay, titled “When Music Worlds Collide”.
In 2017 he had appeared on American TV Show called “To Tell the Truth” aired on ABC.
As one of Chicago’s best MCs, Twista made a hiatus in a period of almost three years between releasing albums, and Crook County is his first release since 2015.
2015 brought his EP named “Livin Legend” and 2017 has been marked with his new 13 track album titled “Crook County”.
Artists who appeared on his new LP are Jeremih, Blac Youngsta, The Boy Illinois and others.
He was married for 8 years (1992-1999) and has a daughter from that marriage. He does not like to speak about his family on TV or in the media because he wants to protect them and make sure that no one does anything bad to them.
In 2010, he got involved in the community work a lot, especially when it comes to hungry or needy children.
In 2016 he was arrested for the possession of marijuana but since it was the very little amount he was only charged on the misdemeanor. Many people were surprised to see that he was involved, but they didn’t see this as a really big crime since marijuana is legal in some states.
Twista was a student at Collins High School in his hometown Chicago.
He has brothers and sisters but is the oldest of them. He was raised by a single mother.
His ex-wife’s name is Rashida and she gave birth to his daughter named Aaliyah Mitchell.
Their divorce ended in the newspapers since Twista falsely claimed to have a very low income.so he had to pay a very small amount of Child Support.
Rashida sued him in 2004 because he didn’t pay the child support for months.
He is known for his teeth filled with silver.
He earned some money from a Reebok TV commercial where they used his song.
He is a Muslim by religion but he is not practicing it seriously.
Twista had a life-threatening experience in 2004 when he was involved in a car accident which caused the death of his bodyguard.
He and his crew were driving in a van on a road near Erie in Pennsylvania at night, going from Syracuse in New York to his hometown Chicago when the van hit the median which caused it to fall on the roof and roll a few times.
Unfortunately, all of the passengers didn’t wear a seat belt, only the driver did. That is why they were all ejected from the car.
Unfortunately, Arthur Dixon, Twista’s bodyguard, and a good friend died because of it. One more person stayed in the hospital because of serious injuries and the other three passengers (including Twista) weren’t seriously hurt so they were dismissed from the hospital.
The police later revealed that they think the driver has fallen asleep at the wheel which caused this tragic event.
Twista was very sad and upset because of Dixon’s death.
Twista lives in a big house in his hometown Chicago which he bought for 200 k and now is worth $2 million.
He also has some beautiful cars in his possession: Mercedes Benz SLR and Lamborghini Centenario are his favorites.
Full name: Carl Terrell Mitchell
Date of birth: November 27, 1973
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 83 kg