Posts Tagged ‘twista’

Dropped Same Day: Digable Planets / O.C. / Scarface / Twista

Monday, April 1st, 2013

As we proceed to give you what you need. For this installment we have an odd mix. A trio from all over the country, a lyricist from Brooklyn, an MC from Houston and one from Chicago. Twista’s album was actually originally released only in the Chicago area.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 1994.

Four LPs: Digable Planets‘ sophomore, on EMI / Pendulum, O.C.‘s debut, through Wild Pitch, Scarface‘s third, via Rap-A-Lot and Twista‘s second, off Atlantic.

Pick your favorite and / or the best album, doesn’t matter.

Check other posts in the Dropped Same Day series here.

And feel free to state your case, leave corrections or post additional match ups you would like to see in the comments below.

— The Big Sleep

StillTown Presents Chicago: Only Cold Winds Blow

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
A new memeber of Philaflava forum, StillTown, made this compilation for his own blog, but also decided to share with Philaflava community. Thank you StillTown.
Recently, we here at T.R.O.Y. supplied you with awesome summer compilations, so just in case it was too much heat for you, we thought it would be nice to cool you off a little bit with this one.

Soon after this compilation dropped, Kevin Beacham who also ran Time Travel radio program on WNUR 83.9 in Chicago, gave us information that Distortionists and Example are from Texas.
But never mind for that, cause this don’t give this compilation a lower vaule.
Also thanks to Kevin Beacham for providing some of this tracks exclusively from his collection, which you can check in this thread.

StillTown Presents Chicago: Only Cold Winds Blow (2010)

01. Sudden Def – Def’s Penalty

02. Tung Twista – Suicide (Original)

03. Immortal Griffen & Freeloadaz – Freeloadaz Freebasin’ Non-Stop

04. Rubberoom – Synapse Gap

05. E.C. Illa – On Ill

06. Whatnoxic – Contortin’

07. Distortionists – Geographics

08. Off Da Wall – One After Another

09. Stedy Serv – You Know the Time

10. Epicentral – Compare & Contrast

11. Spalaney’s – Universal Language

12. All Natural – This Is How It Should Be Done
13. East of the Rock – Galaxy Rays

14. Example – Recollect



Saturday Night Jams

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

I’m a child of rap’s middle school and middle ground. Compared to some of the other contributors to this blog, I’m practically a teeny-bopper. I’ve owned about three crates of vinyl in my life (all purchased between ’97 and ’01) and 95% of my hip-hop listening consists of Native Tongue, Wu-Tang, Boot Camp Clik, Hit Squad, and DITC. This is bad because I always feel like an imposter claiming critical expertise when there is so much freakin’ “underground” vinyl only stuff from the 90s that half the world (particularly Scandinavia) seems to be up on. But this is good because I frequently stumble upon things I didn’t know existed.

Today, thanks to the good ol’ T.R.O.Y. Forum, I discovered the following two songs which I feel entirely comfortable playing on repeat loop all goddamned night long if I so please:
Grand Puba “Hip Hop” (from Echo’s Underground Airplay: Volume IV”
Okay, I KNOW that I had this tape but I only vaguely remember hearing the song. I must’ve liked it, right? Ah, thirty may be the new twenty but you can’t revive brain cells, eh? In any event, this is classic Grand Puba comical punchline and smooth flow here, striking the perfect sonic and thematic balance between Guess n’ Lo crisp flyness and goretex tough. Blast this in a jeep and if you don’t have a jeep, just sip on E&J until you’re too faded to remember what year it is.
Tung Twista ft. Dres “React With A Mic” (from Resurrection, 1994 – nope not that Resurrection from 1994 by a Chicago artist, but a different one)
OMG TWISTA BEFORE HE DROPPED THE TUNG RHYMING WITH BIG WORDS BLAH BLAH YADDA YADDA. Save it, Chi-town fanatics, this song is only worth a listen because Dres is on it in top form, ripping high speed flows that make young Twista sound like a souped up apprentice in comparison. Note to rappers: once you have flow, you need some fucking lyrics. This jam is super disgusting raw. Get with the program.
There’s gems aplenty at the forum, so stop sleeping.
— Thun

Resurrection 1994 (The Lost Twista Album)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Resurrection(1994) is the name of the second album from Chicago rapper Twista. Twista slowed his flow and deepened his voice on his second effort; he also took a darker, rougher production. This album was never released officially, it could only be found on the streets of Chicago. The album also shares the same title as Common’s Resurrection from 1994 as well. Dres of Black Sheep can be heard sharing the mic with Twista on Track 5 “Re-Act With A Mic”. The highlight track of the album is “Suicide“, a diss directed at Naughty By Nature, The Beatnuts, and Del The Funky Homosapien. To those who were thinking that Twista was just a gimmick, this album clearly showed his true mc skills.

And to those wondering where I got this “re-issue”, I bought it from a few years ago. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available. Here’s the tracklist and the download link.

  1. “Da Resurrection” (Intro)
  2. “Suicide” (Remix)
  3. “Anomosity Kills”
  4. “Street Paranoia”
  5. “Re-act With a Mic” ft. Dres
  6. “Scat Like Dat”
  7. “Return”
  8. “Dirt On The Down Low”
  9. “Shadow Boxin'”
  10. “All About the Papes”
  11. “One Shot, One Kill”
  12. “Suicide” (Original Version)


— Thomas V

Big L Rarities & Press Kits

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

The Redefinition Of Time Travel w/ Kevin Beacham: Big L Rarities & Press Kits

Usually I do something to focus on the Redefinition Radio shows, but with the anniversary of Big L’s death today, I wanted to dedicate this offering to him.
TRACKS: Timez Is Hard, I Shoulda Used A Rubba, & School Daze.

Here’s the three rare joints taken off his debut album from the original promo tape (scans included). I also included all of his press kit stuff I had which includes: original Columbia bio, original Columbia press photo, Rawkus bio, 2 Rawkus press photos, & a few press releases.

Big L was a good dude. I won’t go far as to say we were “friends” or anything like that, but we crossed paths a few times and talked about Hip Hop, lyrics, and things of the sort.

My first meeting with him was somewhat of a humbling experience. It was in the Summer of ‘94 and I was on one of my regular trips to New York to take in the scene, buy new music and check out Rock Steady Anniversary. It was me and my man Zeke. We were staying in Harlem at Grav’s Mom’s place (at the time Zeke and Grav were a group called Indigenous Theory). There was this late night chicken shack not too far from his spot so it was a nightly adventure to walk up there any time past midnight.

On one of the first nights, we are at the spot in a long line and something must have got me excited or whatever cause I was “preaching” about the state of Mcing or something like that. It started out as just a convo between Zeke and I but as it went on and we noticed people starting to take interest it got more elevated. There was one guy in particular about 4 or 5 people back really checking us out and listening in. On our way out, he was like “You MC?”. I was like, “Yeah, since 1980, but now I’m more focused on the business side of things and journalism…my man Zeke is an MC.”. He’s like, “Yeah, I rhyme too. I got a deal with Columbia and I’ll be dropping soon”. Being that in New York everyone rhymes and got a deal I didn’t think much of it and sort of blew him off with a “Oh word. What’s the name? I’ll check for you….”. He’s like “L”
and we give pounds and say peace.

I walk outside and something just hit me with an interest to know where we were so I look up and it’s the cross streets of Lenox and 133rd (or something like that). Then my rap computer brain kicked in and I was like “Hold up…”. I go back inside and I’m like “Big L???”. His face lit up a bit and he’s like “Yeah. You heard of me?”. At this time, he only had the verses on “Represent” and the “Yes You MayRemix”…”Devil’s Son” promos might have just started leaking out.

I was like, “Yeah man. You killed it on those guest appearance joints”. I apologize for blowing him off but tell him why and he knows the deal on the “everyone raps and got a deal in New York steez” so we are all good. We talk a bit. I tell him about my promotions company in Chicago and that I’ll have his back out there when he drops so we exchange numbers and say peace.

A little less than a year later, Notorious B.I.G had a Platinum party in Chicago (at Club Drink I think…) and it’s a star-studded affair; Puffy is there, Lorenzo Tate is chilling at the bar, still hot off his Menace To Society rep, and so on. It’s not really my kind of scene but I’m trying to network for my upcoming magazine (Caught In the Middle) and my promotions company (Rage Promotions). I’m just chilling and out of nowhere Big L steps up and is like “What’s Up”. I’m can’t remember why he was there in Chicago, but it was unexpected. We kick it for a bit and catch up on what’s going on with his project and whatever. While we are talking Puffy comes by to say what’s up to Big L and someone asks to snap a flick. I’ve seen the flick but never got my hands on it. I imagine that picture is somewhere with the caption, “Puffy, Big L and unknown friend”…ha.

Anyway, L and I stayed in contact for about another year or so, off n on thru phone calls. Then I hit a stressful point in life and was sort of unreachable for a while and in that time I lost contact with a lot of people (mostly artists) who I was talking to on the regular. In any event, Big L was killing it with every release and I continued to love and support his music on my Time Travel radio show and by word of mouth.

When I heard about his death I was in the middle of my first break from the radio show since ‘95 cause I never missed a show for any reason, but I was getting real frustrated with things so I was thinking about quitting the show. When I found out about Big L getting shot it hit me. I just thought about the senseless murder, the loss of a great artist, the loss of good person, and also how you can stop contact with people thinking you’ll hit them up “whenever” because you got time…though that’s not always true and we shouldn’t take those things for granted. I came back to show the next week to do a dedication to Big L. I stayed on the air strong until 2002 and I moved to MPLS.

R.I.P Big L (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999).

Also, this week on Time Travel Radio:

1)All Natural-Liquid Paper (Ghostface diss….) ‘95
2)No Pity Committee/M.A.T.s Crew feat Twista-The Padded Room ‘94
3)D2ThaS-Doomsday ‘92
4)Kwest The Madd Ladd, Rhymefest, Vakill Time Travel Freestyle 7-4-96
5)Twista-Suicide ’94

–Kevin Beacham