Twista Announces the Crook County Project, Hitting Stores July 7th via EMPIRE/GMG Entertainment

Twista is Back for the Summer with Zaytoven-produced “Baddest” feat. Cap 1, Premiered by XXL


The Announcement:

Two and a half decades into an enviable career collaborating with everybody in the rap business, Twista has a stellar rep for rapidfire rhymes. Building upon the radio hit “Next To You,” featuring Jeremih, Twista announces the Crook County project, showcasing his trademark double-time flow over a variety of soulful, sinister instrumentals. Featuring appearances from Jeremih, Blac Youngsta, Vic Spencer, Bandman Kevo, The Boy Illinois and T.R.U./Caviar Dreams own Cap 1, and production from ZaytovenDj Tight MikeYF Beatz, and Zenzan BeatsCrook County releases on July 7th.

Recording and touring in the early ’90s under the moniker Tung Twista, Twista put Chicago hip-hop on the map with his trademark fast rapping style. Rechristening himself Twista, he helped raise his city’s profile through his collaboration with fellow Chitown veterans Do Or Die, making waves with the cult single “Po Pimp.” Though some viewed his motormouth bars as a gimmick, Twista proved the haters wrong with Adrenaline Rush, released in 1997 and rightly remembered as a classic. In 2004, Twista made his long-awaited national breakthrough with a little help from Kanye West, who produced and rapped on his platinum-selling, Billboard 200 chart-topping album Kamikaze, including the Hot 100-topping single “Slow Jamz” and the nearly-as-popular “Overnight Celebrity.” Since his high watermark in the mid ’00s, Twista has thrived as a rap O.G., dropping hits such as the Pharrell-produced “Give It Up” and the Chris Brown-featuring “Make a Movie” and being featured on singles by artists such as Chance The Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Ferg, Jeremih, DJ Khaled, Lady Gaga and many others.

Today, Twista shares “Baddest,” a thumping, swirling track from the upcoming project. Featuring a rhythmic hook from 2 Chainz signee Cap 1, Twista slows down his superhuman flow into an authoritative cadence as he expounds in great detail about the types of girls with whom he prefers to spend his time. Produced with typical aplomb by Zaytoven, the track is a rich tapestry of eerie keyboards, horror movie strings, and thumping bass. Premiered by XXL, “Baddest” is the first single from Crook County, releasing in July via EMPIRE/GMG Entertainment.

Explains Twista, “Cap 1 was the inspiration behind ‘Baddest.’ He came up with the hook while we were chilling at Zaytoven’s crib listening to a beat he was playing. It was totally spontaneous. Cap is from Chi and he put the sauce on it that I needed for my project! Zay is one of the hottest in the game and has made many hits, but I seem to easily be able to come up with songs to his music. Crook County is the title from a song I had before, but today, I just feel it represents the area where I am. We are in the county of crooks and everybody knows it! Not glorifying, just is what it is. We’re always glorifying Chicago in positive ways, as well, and will have future titles representing the city in other aspect which are positive. You have to stay consistent in this game today or you will be out of mind. I still love music so I want people to hear where I am creatively and keep the the Twista legacy going.”

Listen to “Baddest” feat. Cap 1:

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Crook County Tracklist:

1. Disrespectful (Prod. by Xcel for Beat Bangers Production)
2. Mortuary ft. Vic Spencer (Prod. by Zenzan Beats)
3. New Flow ft. Bandman Kevo (Prod. by YF Beatz)
4. Happy Days ft. Supa Bwe (Prod. by Zenzan Beats)
5. Hollywood (Prod. by Supe & Cal-i)
6. Baddest ft. Cap 1 (Prod. by Zaytoven)
7. Paper Chasin ft. Blac Youngsta & B. Scott (Prod. by YF Beatz)
8. Dreams ft. Bodi Deeder (Prod. by Xcel for Beat Bangers Production)
9. Stackin Paper (Prod. by Chase The Money)
10. Just In Case ft. The Boy Illinois (Prod. by Zenzan Beats)
11. Next To You ft. Jeremih (Prod. by Ty Fyffe)
12. Spend It ft. YP (Prod. by DJ Tight Mike for 1 Street Heat Production)
13. Can’t Be Me (Prod. by DJ Tight Mike for 1 Street Heat Production)

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The Background:

Life’s best surprises often come from unlikely places. Twista knows this better than most. The pioneering platinum rapper put Chicago on the rap map and made the double-time rap style a rap staple. Despite selling millions of albums and popularizing a delivery incorporated by everyone from Jay-Z to Eminem, the Windy City rapper remains largely unheralded by the uninformed. After years of making a name for himself in the Chicago scene, Twista grew popular nationwide in 2003 and 2004 when he teamed with fellow Chicagoan Kanye West and Jamie Foxx for the smash single “Slow Jamz.” Twista’s 2004 album, Kamikaze, earned him his first platinum plaque. Since then, Twista has remained one of rap’s premier practitioners and in-demand collaborators. He’s appeared on albums from Mariah Carey, Pitbull and Jay-Z, among others, and released a string of acclaimed albums and mixtapes.

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“Baddest” ft. Cap 1 (prod. by Zaytoven):

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