The fast-rapping Chicago star sits down with HHW..
HHW: You have so much going on!
TWISTA: I recently released Back to Basics, which is an EP that had six or seven songs giving them basic Twista so they wouldn’t be disappointed when it was time for my ninth studio album, Dark Horse, which comes out in August on Get Money Gang Entertainment. I recently released the video for the intro on the album and it features the singer Tyme. The video is directed by Nick Brazinsky while the beat is done by longtime collaborator Traxster.
You worked with Lady Gaga not too long ago, didn’t you?
TWISTA: Yes. She had a song in her mind, “Jewels And Drugs” and she wanted to have people who were legends in the game so she reached out to me, T.I. and Too Short. I was honored to be a part of it. She had the track laid out and I got on it and was even able to perform with her once or twice. That was a big for me and she turned out to be a cool friend. She’s up on her game; she knows her hip hop artists. She knew who I was because I had a mixtape where I had mentioned her name and she liked the song and the way I did it.
What else is going on for you?
TWISTA: I’m involved with a song called “Go” which uses cued speech. it’s not sign language but it’s an advanced form of communication for people who can’t hear. You are speaking your own language but you are using hand signals and sound out the vowels. This is what I tapped into and I did a video and had the top people in the country stand with me and do this. We have gotten a lot of good feedback from this. It’s rewarding. These people can be more involved with music and feel the vibrations.
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