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"“Talk To Me”- Review of Twista’s Category F5"

A category F5 twister is impossible to predict. Though many storms can hit a landscape promising damaging winds, they rarely come through with the anticipated ferocity. After a few storms in Twista’s catalogue that produced little more than a few forgettable showers, the Chi-town spitter is back and unleashing his patented double-time flow the likes of which we haven’t heard since since his breakout LP Kamikaze for his latest tempest of an album Category F5.
Picking up where his famed Adrenaline Rush left off, Buk sets the stage with his thundering, slow voice while Twista mows over everything in his path over a thumping Legendary Traxster beat on “Misunderstood.” The opening half of Category F5 are non-stop fire as Twista resurrects his old self to blast through tracks like “American Gangster” and “Talk To Me.” And the radio gets their cut from the likes of the R. Kelly-assisted “Yellow Light” and OJ Da Juiceman and Gucci Mane providing their signature “trap rap” for Zaytoven’s stimulating “Walking On Ice.”
Not every funnel cloud manages to do damage, however. The album ultimately suffers from a bevy of songs dedicated to the fairer sex. “Birthday” and “On Top” are definite low-points for Category F5. “Billionaire” (featuring Busta Rhymes,) also fails to live up to its star billing. While the thought of Busta and Twista tearing through a track at 100 miles per hour is enough to make a Hip-Hop head spin, “Billionaire” sees the two squander the opportunity by rapping slowly over a cheap “Arab Money” knock-off.
Category F5 works to reach it’s initial intensity with “Hustla” and “Yo Body” (featuring Do Or Die and Johnny P) bringing the album back on track. “Yo Body” particularly utilizes that familar Chicago sound: dripping bass lines, razor-sharp bars and a hook perfect for windows-down riding through the Windy City Southside.
Aside from bland offerings that should have been left on the cutting room floor, stronger tracks with Kanye West and Tech N9ne were also left off due to sample clearing issues and deadlines. Their inclusion on the tracklist in lieu of the over-hashed “love” songs would have made for a much better overall listening experience. Still, Category F5 brings just enough ruckus to warrant a FEMA alert. - The Smoking Section BY DAVID D. ON JULY 21, 2009

"Category F5 (2009)"

A half-decade after breaking through to the mass public as a cagey veteran with the smash "Slow Jams," the man branded the "world's fastest rapper" continues to consistently drop some of the most downright interesting (if uneven and overindulgent) records in the hip-hop universe. With 2009's Category F5, Twista continues his workman-MC streak with quite possibly his tightest record to date. Category F5 opens on the blistering "Misunderstood," as Twista opens by finding a new spin on humor in that most trite aspect of the rap CD, the intro, starting off pretentious before cutting it off with a hilarious head-fake jab worthy of Michael Jordan (or Jonathan Swift). Halfway through the cut, Twista unleashes "kinda like Kurt Cobain/An expert on pain" followed by a torrent of lyrics always one (or two or a million) step(s) ahead of the listener. It's both a whirlwind of language and a bloodletting, a reminder that the rapid-fire rapper possesses one of the most keen (and often) underrated wits in the game as well as one of its darkest minds. Twista is of the streets, but his task is not to extol the glory of the game, but to impassively chronicle the carnage from his own messed-up mind. However unrepentant and proud he fronts on "American Gangsta," waving a raging id as unrestrained as his rhyme style, there's a born-into-it undercurrent to his narrative, his super-speed flow acting as a subliminal machine gun, spit-firing words like "apocalypse" and "nauseous" into an already crackling air. And on it goes, reaching a high note on "Wetter," a sequel to an earlier beloved track, "Get It Wet," as Twista does what he does best, spitting furious about his Don Juan-level love for all the ladies in the world. While Category F5 is by no means a classic (Twista still fares better in short spurts than on whole records), the rapper continues to show off, by turns hilarious, brutal, cerebral, and often just staggeringly random. ~ Jason Thurston, All Music Guide -


Main Releases
Category F5 2009
The Black Jason Of Rap 2007
Adrenaline Rush 2007 2007
The Day After (Chopped & Screwed) 2005
The Day After 2005
Kamikaze 2004
Legit Ballin' Vol. 2: Street Scriptures 2001
Legit Ballin' 1999
Legit Ballin: The Album Vol. 1 1999
Mobstability 1998
Adrenaline Rush 1997

Yo Body 2009
Wetter 2009
Give It Up 2007
Girl Tonite2005
Hope 2004
Kamikaze 2004
Tattoo 2004
So Sexy Chapter II 2004
I Know 2004
Y'all Know Who 2004
Get That Doe 2004
Slow Jamz 2004
Get It Wet [CD] 1997

My Block Chicago / The Soundtrack 2006
Get On Ya Grind 2005
Coach Carter: Music from the Motion Picture 2005
Hip-Hop Hits, Vol. 9 2004
Midwest Funk Volume 3: The Evolution Of Rap 2004

"Yo Body" (feat. Do Or Die & Johnny P.)
Alright - (featuring Kanye West) 2009
Walk On Ice - (featuring OJ Da Juiceman/Gucci Mane) 2009
Almost Famous (The Sexy Lady Ep) , Yung Berg 2007
Press Play , Diddy 2006
The Hustler's Guide To The Game - Gangsta Grillz Special Edition , David Banner 2006
This Is Gangsta Rap, Vol. II , Muszamil 2006
Listennn, DJ Khaled 2006
Duets: The Final Chapter , Notorious B.I.G. 2005
Unpredictable, Jamie Foxx 2005
Da Bottom Vol. 3, 2005
Da Bottom Vol. 3 Chopped & Screwed By Og Ron C 2005
The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah Carey 2005
The First Lady, Faith Evans 2005
Gotta Make It (Feat. Twista), Trey Songz 2005
The Sweet James Jones Stories , Pimp C 2005
Purple Haze , Cam'Ron 2004
The Source Presents Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 9 [Clean] 2004
The Rest Is History , Jin 2004
Confessions part II , Usher 2004
Freek-a-leek (Remix) , Petey Pablo 2004
Reggae Gold 2004 2004
Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing), Sting 2004
The Streetsweeper Vol. 2 - The Pain From The Game , DJ Kayslay 2004
Jook Gyal, Elephant Man 2004
MTA2: Baptized In Dirty Water The Screwed and Chop, David Banner 2004
Life In General, Cash Kola 2003
La Bella Mafia, Lil' Kim 2003
The Blueprint, Vol. 2: The Gift and the Curse, Jay-Z 2002
What's My Favorite Word? , Too Short 2002
Back 2 The Game, Do or Die 2002
Still Walkin, Coo Coo Cal 2002
Word Of Mouf , Ludacris 2001
LaTanya , Latanya 2000
Ryde Or Die Vol. 2, Ruff Ryders 2000
Through The Eyes Of A Don , Cap.One 2000
Book of Thugs: Chapter AK Verse 47 , Trick Daddy 2000
The Understanding , Memphis Bleek 2000
Forever, Diddy 1999
Tim's Bio , Timbaland 1998
Southwest Riders 1997

Category F5 is American rapper Twista's seventh studio album. The album marks the first time he's collaborated with Chicago producer, The Legendary Traxster since 2004's Kamikaze. The album was released on July 14, 2009. The album's first single, Wetter has gained national attention through radio and video rotation. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200, selling 45,000 copies. At its second week of release, the album dropped down to #19, selling 19,000 copies. The album has currently sold 110,000 copies as of 9/2/09. According to Twists's new single Wetter also charted:
#98 Hot 100
#33 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
#10 Rap Songs



Flipping lyrics like a finely-conditioned rap acrobat, Twista, formerly known as Tounge Twista, explodes on his Creator's Way/Big Beat/Atlantic Records debut, Adrenaline Rush.

Explaining the title, the artist says, "My style was designed to pump listeners up, and when I went back and listened to the recorded songs, the only name that made sense was Adrenaline Rush."

Adrenaline Rush represents a true evolution. Six years earlier, Twista introduced his swift Chicago flow to the hip-hop scene on the landmark first album, Runnin' Off At The Mouth. Though inspired by West coast and East coast artists, he remembers merely "feeding off" of them. He recounts, "The flow was there, but it's like I didn't have a foundation. I was more about being flambouyant." (The Guiness Book of World Records recognized his "flambouyancy" as a skill when they creditted him in 1992 as the fastest rapper in the world, spitting 11.2 syllables per second.)

Between the time of the two albums, Twista says he added substance and focus to his style by patrolling the gritty landscapes of his Chicago ghetto. He recognized that the only way to escape the bleak surroundings was to immerse himself in it and shed some sort of light. As he explains it, "After I came off of my first national tour, I went back to the 'hood and just started applying the lessons I learned about the business and writing structured songs to things that were going on in the community, and everything started to seem much more real."

He turned up in 1996 to snatch pavement props and earn Gold status for being featured on Do or Die's number one Billboard rap single, "Po Pimp." Finally with Adrenaline Rush, Twista's transformation from pioneering Windy City hero to spatter king is complete. Castigating the laziness of L.A. G-funk and challenging the looseness of modern free-styiling, he raps to reveal emotions ranging from ecstasy and joy to sadness and pain. In his urban grit diary he creates musical paradise from poverty's riches.

Born and raised in the K-Town section of Chicago's infamous, impoverished west side, Twista grew up amid scenes of junkies, drugs, violence and poverty. He used his inner strength to help pull him through, while his dreams centered around either music or art.

His attraction to music also began building from an early age. First he moved his body to hyperactive house tracks of his hometown. Then, after being exposed to krush grooves by the likes of Kurtis Blow, the Sugarhill Gang and the Fat Boys, hip-hop started engaging his mind. He first became aware of rap by way of college radio . "Listening to people like Eric B. & Rakim and Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo," Twista remembers, "is what first inspired me to become an MC."

Twista says his trend-setting style developed under a sort of musically-induced schizophrenia ("Basically hip-hop was being imbeded into my head at the same time that I was listening to house") and was spurred forward by hearing positive feedback. Recalling the support Chicago's underground gave him after freestyle showcases and talent shows, he says "It was the love of everybody that was around me that pushed me to higher and higher levels of acheivement."

Working with Creator's Way and The Legendary Traxter, producer of the platinum hit, "Po Pimp," Twista approached Adrenaline Rush with much more patience and care. They recorded the album entirely at Creator's Way Studios in Chicago. "Basically it's my follow-up to 'Po Pimp,'" he says. "Before that record I was writin' a lot of different ways, but after it, my course was charted; I knew exactly where I needed to go next." The first single, "Emotions," slinks and swaggers with a distinctive playboy flair and leads in with a mythical vocal intro, establishing Twista in a domain of his own.

Refusing to withold, Twista explains his daily MO in "Ridin' High." Then, with "Overdose," which he describes as a "real lyrical song," he tells listeners exactly how he flexes his flow. Meanwhile, "Unsolved Mysteries," explores the tarnished underbelly of inner-city life, verbally panning over technicolor images of brothers shooting, hustlers slangin', and players mackin'. "Corrupt World," a reflective tune with liquid melodies and eerie bounce, speaks of the street sorrow experienced by Twista and his buddy B-Hype, who guest rhymes. "Make a toast to yourself for survivin' in a world that's so corrupt," they conclude after recounting all the fallen friends and family they knew.

On the much anticipated sophomore set, Twista continues to pave the way for a new generation of rhyme sayers. He has the gift of versatility and vision, and as he moves ahead, he's designed to collect more awards, prizes, and more importantly, universal props, for the poetry he has dubbed Adrenaline Rush.