#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
Stream Apathy's New Album "Handshakes With Snakes"
It was clear that underground Connecticut rapper Apathy was about to drop a dope album as soon he released the single "Moses" feat. Bun B and Twista. At last, Handshakes With Snakes has arrived in its entirety.
Twista Arrested For Marijuana Possession In Indiana
Twista was on his way to a concert in Valparaiso, Indiana, when the Rolls Royce Phantom in which he was seated was pulled over by police. The cops claimed that the car had to be pulled over because it was following too closely behind a truck, and when they approached the car, they allegedly smelled weed, thus prompting a search.
Stream Twista's 7-Track "Livin Legend EP"
During this past summer. Twista rattled off an improbable streak of 15-ish consecutive days in which he dropped a freestyle. He's cooled off some since then.
Stream Twista & Do Or Die's New "Withdrawal" EP
As planned, Chicago legends Twista & Do Or Die dropped off their new collaborative EP, Withdrawal, on iTunes today.
Twista Announces Collaborative EP With Do Or Die
Twista, now 41, is still out there grinding. Last year, he released Dark Horse, his ninth studio album, and, today, he tells us another project is on the way. Twista's next EP, Withdrawal, will be a collaborative EP with the Chicago trio Do or Die.
Listen To Twista's New Album "Dark Horse"
Twista is gearing up to drop his new album next week on August 12th. We've already heard a few records off Dark Horse, including the title track, "Friend Of Me" with Chief Keef and Stunt Taylor, as well as "Devil's Angel."
Cover Art & Tracklist Revealed For Twista's "Dark Horse" [Update: Features Revealed]
It's been a minute since we've heard anything about Twista's ninth studio album, Dark Horse, but it looks like everything is on track to roll out for August. Last we heard from Twista, he dropped a new single off the LP called "It's Yours" featuring Tia London, and at that time we were expecting a July release for Dark Horse, so it has been pushed back a bit.
Twista's Bodyguard, Davy Easterling, Found Dead
On Friday, Chicago OG Twista posted on his Instagram that his bodyguard, Davy Easterling, also known as 6'9, had gone missing for 48 hours, and he asked for anyone to send information on his whereabouts. Unfortunately, Easterling was found murdered inside an apartment building on Chicago's South Side. Easterling was fatally shot multiple times and his body was burned and left inside his apartment on 83rd and Baker, where he was discovered on Friday morning.
Underrated Audio: December 6- December 13
As we do every week, we aim to bring you overlooked records that dropped in the past seven days with Underrated Audio. These were cuts that didn't get a ton of views, so we're hoping to give them a boost with a second look. This week's edition features music from Tsu Surf, Roc Marciano, GLC and more.
Twista Reveals "Back To The Basics" EP Artwork [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
Twista revealed the release date for his upcoming Back To The Basics EP last week, and now he's revealed the official artwork for the project. The extended play will feature production from the likes of The Legendary Traxster, DJ Tight Mike, Lo-Key, and more throughout it's seven tracks. You can pick up a copy On December 10th. View the cover art in the gallery above. [via]
Cover Art For Twista & R. Kelly's "Throwin' My Money" Single
Gearing up for his upcoming album, Twista will be dropping a radio friendly track with R&B icon R. Kelly. Scheduled to drop Monday night, the collabo is called "Throwin' My Money" and from the looks of the art and the title it will be a stripclub anthem. This is Twista's second single off his upcoming The Dark Horse album.