Twista, long one of the pillars of the Chicago hip-hop scene since entering the game in the late ’90s with Do Or Die, Kanye and the old guard of the Windy City. Seemingly re-invigorated by the new crop of artists blossoming in his hometown, Twista has headed back to the studio to work on his forthcoming EP, Back to Basics. It’s a fitting title for the 100 word-per-second MC, formerly known as Tung Twista in his early days, who had been largely quiet before jumping on Chance The Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” track with Vic Mensa and doing a feature with another fellow Chicagoan when he added a verse to R. Kelly’s “Throwin’ My Money” before hopping on Lady Gaga’s “Jewels and Drugs”. He literally goes back to his early days, linking back up with Adrenaline Rush producer, Legendary Traxster for this latest release.
After celebrating his birthday this weekend taking in Chance’s show at The Riviera on Chicago’s north side last Wednesday, the self-described fastest rapper in the world released the Traxster-produced intro off Back to the Basics, a prelude to his major-label release, Dark Horse, his first such album since 2010s The Perfect Storm. Catch the “Intro Freestyle” to Back to the Basics below and keep a look out for Dark Horse, out