Roc-A-Fella associate Twista recently updated fans on his relationship with the label’s co-founder Damon Dash and his admiration for Jay-Z.
Speaking on his close relationship with fellow Chi-town rapper Kanye West, Twista also discussed his standings with other current and former Roc-A-Fella artists.
“Jay is like the big brother and to be honest I’m bogus because I need to put a call in,” he said in a recent interview. “He did a lot for me. Everybody got a story about Jay about how bogus he is or whatever but me, I’m a little n*gga from Chicago who he walked up to in the club and told me he remembered me performing with him from way back in the day. Like ’89 or something. He said ‘you deserve it cause you been going hard all these years.’
That’s my story. Dame has always showed me love like a regular n*gga from the crib, that’s why I love Dame. The one I probably keep in contact with the most is probably Freeway. [Memphis] Bleek is cool with one of my mans in Chicago. I did a couple joints with Peedi Crakk, did some stuff with my guys from the Young Gunz on the low. So, I still f*ck with the guys.” (XXLMag)
Despite having over a decade of history within the music industry, Twista’s popularity reached commercial success due to Kanye-produced records “Slow Jamz” and “Overnight Celebrity.”
In fall 2002, Twista hooked up with Ludacris, Jay-Z, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and other rap moguls for the recording of his third album. Kamikaze came out at the beginning of 2004 and promptly hit the Billboard 200, riding the impetus of his No. 1 hit single “Slow Jamz.” (All Music)
Twista recently spoke with SOHH about his upcoming album Category F5.
“I didn’t mean to go that hard,” he explained. “It just started happening once I started doing tracks with some of my favorite artists. We got Akon on the album for sure. We got Static Major on the album. We got Kanye West. I got R. Kelly on the album, that’s the hometown homie. There’s a few more, Lil Boosie, Gucci Mane.” (SOHH)
He has officially parted ways with Atlantic and joined forces with EMI for his new project.
Twista left Atlantic Records in 2007 and launched his own label, Get Money Gang Entertainment, in 2008. However, the “Slow Jamz” hitmaker has now secured a distribution deal with EMI that will see his forthcoming album Category F5 released in a joint venture with Get Money Gang, EMI and Capitol Records. (Soulful Vibes)
Twista’s Category F5 will reportedly hit stores Tuesday, July 14. Check out this video of Twista talking about his previous album Adrenaline Rush: