News: Twista Pens Whitney Houston Tribute, "Ain't Nobody Like You, Nobody Before You & Nobody After You" [Audio]
Monday, Feb 13, 2012 8:58AM
Chicago rapper Twista has taken his emotions and poured them out in the studio as heard on a new tribute record in honor of the late award-winning singer Whitney Houston.
Less than 48 hours after she was pronounced dead, Twista dropped a dedication record speaking on her greatness.
The track starts off with a remixed sound of Houston's voice and in followed by Twista sharing his thoughts of her shocking death. "Rest in peace to the late, great Whitney Houston...We just lost one of heaven's angels, it's a shame," he says. Keeping it mellow, but speeding it up at times with his signature flow, Twista holds no feelings back as he raps about how the music world has been impacted by the loss of Houston. "... Ain't nobody like you, nobody before you and nobody after you, can never come near it/ not here in the flesh but you wit' us in spirit/ so sad to hear it, I'm choking up while I come up with these lyrics." Leaving room for the lovers of music to grieve in the form of song, Twista welcomes fans to lay part of their own tribute on the track. "If you wanna say 'rest in peace' to Whitney Houston, I had Traxter leave 16 bars open on this song so that you could do so with me. So get yo' verses ready, hop on a track wit' me and pay a tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston," he said. (Stupid Dope)
Last night (February 12), the 54th annual Grammy Awards honored Houston with a prayer.
"There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family." Grammy Awards host LL Cool J then led the audience in prayer to "our fallen sister, Whitney Houston. "Heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us," he said, as celebrities like Lady Gaga and Miranda Lambert bowed their heads in prayer. "Though she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit." He introduced a clip of a glowing Houston singing "I Will Always Love You." (Associated Press)
Soulful singer Jennifer Hudson also paid tribute to the music icon at last night's awards show.
As usual, the awards show paid respects to the number of now-gone musicians and music executives, including British singer Amy Winehouse, Motown executive Ester Gordy Edwards, soul-music architect Nick Ashford and influential rapper Heavy D. Their music played, their images were shown, and a quiet -- before an eruption of applause -- fell over the house when they concluded with an image of Houston in a red dress, in her heyday, singing. Then, the house went dark. And a lone spotlight shone down to reveal the newly svelte Hudson poised and ready to deliver what might very well be the night's best and most anticipated performance. She delivered the first a cappella notes of one of Houston's biggest hits, her remake of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" from the "Bodyguard" soundtrack. (MTV)
Houston was officially pronounced dead Saturday evening.
Police discovered "various pill bottles" in Houston's room, TMZ reported, adding that family members said Houston had been taking the prescription drug Xanax, which is often used to treat anxiety. When combined with alcohol, Xanax can cause drowsiness. Houston was reportedly found in her bathtub -- TMZ says her head was underwater -- and could not be revived by paramedics after being removed from the tub. No alcohol was found in the preliminary sweep of Houston's room, TMZ reports, but there were multiple reports that Houston had been drinking with friends the night before at the hotel. (Fox News)
Check out Twista's tribute below: