The Chicago rapper first made a name for himself with the rapid-fire verse he spit on Do or Die's classic "Po Pimp." Then he took speed-rap to the next level when he was named "World's Fastest Rapper" by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992. After 12 years and several LPs that never went so much as gold -- but which earned him numerous fans in the rap industry -- Twista enlisted two hotshot producers, Roc-A-Fella wonderboy Kanye West and Missy's man Timbaland, to bring the heat on his latest record, Kamikaze. Suddenly he's an overnight success.
On Kamikaze, in addition to his tongue-twisting lyrical Olympics, Twista also slows it down and flips styles, crooning in player-istic fashion or getting crunk like they do down south, proving he's no one-trick pony. Whether he's comparing women to alcoholic beverages ("Drinks") or waxing poetic about murder and suicide ("Kill Us All"), he does everything in his own spectacular, idiosyncratic way. The newly famous MC makes his long-awaited, post-"Slow Jamz" appearance in the Bay Area this week. But you better pay attention because the man will be rapping fast -- very fast.