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Twiztid is an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. Formed in 1997, Twiztid is composed of Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric, who perform under the respective personas of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide. Spaniolo and Methric are former members of the group House of Krazees, which disbanded in 1997 a year after Jamie and Paul left, but released their final album in 1999.
Twiztid performs a style of horrorcore rap and have released 11 studio albums, 10 EP's, 7 compilation albums and 1 mixtape.
House Of Krazees (1993–1996)
Prior to Twiztid, Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric were members of the hip hop trio House of Krazees, under the names Mr. Bones and Hektic, along with the third member, the R.O.C. The group released five albums before disbanding in 1997.
Formation Of Twiztid/Signing With Psychopathic Records (1996–1997)
After the split, Methric and Spaniolo sent a demo tape to Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce (Violent J) featuring their friend Blaze Ya Dead Homie, under the name ISI (International Superstars Incorporated). The demo contained the tracks "2nd Hand Smoke," "Diemuthafuckadie," and "How Does It Feel?" Bruce was extremely impressed, invited Methric and Spaniolo to perform on 'The House of Horrors Tour', and signed them to Psychopathic Records. Before the tour kicked off, Bruce, Methric and Spaniolo decided on a name that they felt would better fit the duo—"Twiztid".
Mostasteless Era (1997–2000)
Twiztid's 1997 debut album, Mostasteless, was originally released independently by Psychopathic. When Insane Clown Posse signed with Island Records, they helped get a deal for Twiztid as well. In 1999, Mostasteless was pulled, and re-released on Island with somewhat different track listing. That track listing included brand new songs, but left out tracks such as "Murder Murder Murder" and "She Ain't Afraid" because of uncleared samples. In his review of the reissued album, Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "[Although] the thought of a group of Insane Clown Posse protégés isn't exactly inspiring", the album "may take you by surprise...Mostasteless actually works better than most ICP records," that "Twiztid often is more convincing than [its] Dark Carnival colleagues," and concluded that "if you don't buy into the whole comic book-horror schtick, Mostasteless...will be irritating, but if you've bought into it, you'll enjoy this record as much, if not more, than most ICP albums." Mostasteless peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and #149 on the Billboard 200.
Freek Show Era (2000–2003)
On October 31, 2000, Twiztid released their second studio album and 2nd overall album, Freek Show. In his review of the album, Allmusic's Brad Mills wrote that "this kind of music appeals to a small sector of hip-hop listeners and will probably do well within [its] niche market, but the average hip-hop listener will just have to understand that this is a different kind of album." The album peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200. Twiztid released their first compilation album and 3rd overall album, Cryptic Collectionon November 13, 2000.
Twiztid released their 2nd compilation album and 4th overall album Cryptic Collection Vol. 2 on October 22, 2001.
On April 8, 2002, Twiztid released their first extended play and 5th overall album, Mirror Mirror. Allmusic reviewer Bradley Torreano praised the EP, writing that "Despite the fact that few outside of the juggalo family will give this a chance, this might be one of the most accurate portrayals of the mood of most unhappy young people in 2002". Mirror Mirror peaked at number 5 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and number 103 on the Billboard 200.
On May 19, 2003, Twiztid and their second EP and 6th overall album titled 4 Tha Fam.
"The Green Book" Era (2003–2005)
On July 1, 2003, Twiztid released their third studio album and 7th overall album, The Green Book. Spaniolo has referred to the album as a "Juggalo favorite". Allmusic reviewer Rob Theakston panned the album, writing that it "is much, much better than the last ICP card record, but looking at the forest from the trees, that really isn't saying much anymore." The Green Book peaked at number 2 on the Top Independent Charts and number 52 on the Billboard 200. Twiztid released their 3rd EP and 8th overall album titled Fright Fest '03 at their Fright Fest 2003 show.
Twiztid released their third compilation album at 9th overall album, Cryptic Collection Vol. 3, on May 18, 2004, the album charted at #85 on the Billboard 200. Monoxide Child released his debut solo album Chainsmoker LP on November 16, 2004, the album charted at #191 on the Billboard 200.
Man's Myth and Mutant Era (2005–2007)
On June 28, 2005, Twiztid released their fourth studio album and 10th overall album, Man's Myth (Vol. 1) on June 28, 2005. They released the first half of a double album concluding with their 5th studio album and 11th overall album Mutant (Vol. 2) that was released on July 26, 2005. Man's Myth focuses on the angst of growing up in a lying world, while Mutant deals with the outcome of this upbringing. Allmusic reviewer David Jeffries praised Man's Myth, writing that "it reaches farther outside the suburban trash world of Psychopathic Records than anything the label has released previously. Twiztid keep growing lyrically too and the album is edited tightly with little filler." Man's Myth peaked at #4 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #62 on the Top Internet Albums chart and the Billboard 200. Mutant peaked at #11 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #80 on the Billboard 200, and #215 on the Top Internet Albums chart. Twiztid released their 4th EP and their 12th overall album Fright Fest '05 at the Fright Fest 2005 show.
On May 16, 2006 Jamie Madrox released his debut solo album Phatso, and charted at #106 on the Billboard 200. Phatso: 2.0 was released a week later. Twiztid released their 4th compilation album and 13th overall album Cryptic Collection: Halloween Edition in October 2006.
Independence Day Era (2007–2008)
On July 4, 2007, Twiztid released their sixth studio album and their 14th overall album, Independents Day. The album featured guest appearances from rappers signed to independent record labels, such as The Dayton Family, Tha Dogg Pound, Hed PE frontman Jared Gomes, Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko. It also notably features appearances by D12 members Proof and Bizarre. One of the group's members, Eminem, had feuded with Insane Clown Posse. The album peaked at #4 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #9 on the Top Rap Albums chart and #57 on the Billboard 200. In September 2007, the group's Toxic Terror Tour was cancelled after Methric suffered a torn Anterior cruciate ligament following a car accident, but the tour was booked again in early 2008.
Twiztid released their 5th EP and 15th overall album Toxic Terror EP, a companion EP to Independent's Day during the 2008 Toxic Terror Tour.
"W.I.C.K.E.D." Era (2009)
On March 17, 2009, Twiztid released their seventh studio album and 16th overall album, W.I.C.K.E.D. (Wish I Could Kill Every Day). W.I.C.K.E.D was Twiztid's highest charting album, peaking at #11 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the Top Rap Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart. During their "End Of Days Tour" to promote W.I.C.K.E.D. they released their 6th EP and 17th overall album, End Of Days the companion EP to W.I.C.K.E.D. In December 2009 Twiztid released their 5th compilation album and 18th overall album Cryptic Collection: Holiday Edition.
"Heartbroken & Homicidal" Era (2010–2012)
Twiztid released their eighth studio album and 19th overall album, Heartbroken & Homicidal on September 21, 2010.
Twiztid released their 6th compilation album and 20th overall album Cryptic Collection Vol. 4 on September 13, 2011, the album charted at #108 on the Billboard 200. Twiztid released their 7th EP and 21st overall album A Cutthroat Christmas EP in December 2011.
Abominationz Era (2012–2013), departure from Psychopathic (2012), and independent releases (2013–2014)
During the Kaos & Kronik Tour Twiztid released their 7th compilation album and 22nd overall album titled Kronik Collection. On October 22, 2012 Twiztid released their ninth studio album and 23rd overall album Abominationz to critical acclaim. It featured Insane Clown Posse, and Royce Da 5'9. There are two versions of Abominationz, the Madrox version and the Monoxide version, each containing a different bonus track. On the Monoxide version, the bonus track featured Krizz Kaliko and Glasses Malone. On December 12, 2012 the group announced via Twitter and Facebook that they have parted ways with Psychopathic Records.
Twiztid released their first independent EP, 8th EP and 24th overall album titled A New Nightmare on July 30, 2013. The album features Blaze Ya Dead Homie, The R.O.C., Anybody Killa and many others.
Twiztid released their first mixtape and 25th overall album titled For Tha Fam Vol. 2 on March 27, 2014. They released their second independent EP, 9th EP, and 26th overall album titled Get Twiztid on April 15, 2014.
Formation of Majik Ninja Entertainment (2014–2015)
On February 7, 2014, at the Days of Dead convention Twiztid held a seminar and announced that they have started their own label. No name was given, but they said the label had already signed some artists with only one being announced; Blaze Ya Dead Homie. They said that they are wanting to give artists a chance, like they were given, that may not have had that opportunity. In April 2014, Twiztid announced on their Twitter account that they had signed a distribution deal with InGrooves. According to Monoxide, "There will be no more EP's after 'Get Twiztid'". After only a few shows into Twiztid's "The Bootleg Banner Tour", the remaining shows were cancelled. Reasons for the cancellations are unknown, but it has been widely speculated that Twiztid cancelled the remaining dates to record the Dark Lotus album The Mud, Water, Air & Blood. On September 12, 2014 InGrooves released its upcoming releases for the month of October, and it was announced that Twiztid's new record label is called Majik Ninja Entertainment and the first release will be Blaze Ya Dead Homie's release Gang Rags: Reborn on October 21, 2014. The R.O.C. is also on the label, as well as helping run the label.
"The Darkness" Era (2015–2016)
On January 27, 2015, Twiztid released their tenth studio album and 27th overall album, The Darkness, the group's first release on their own record label. Twiztid toured extensively for the new album, offering VIP packages which gave fans a chance to meet Twiztid. The VIP package often included a "Tour Exclusive" single. Twiztid's official periscope page announced that they would not tour in the United States, but only in Canada in 2016, aside from their regular annual shows (GOTJ, Fright Fest etc.) to focus on albums, movies, and other things with the label. In an interview with Huffington Post, Monoxide teased that both Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko would appear on their next album on a track titled "Set The World On Fire". Monoxide also expressed interest in working with metal acts Five Finger Death Punch and Avenged Sevenfold, and stated "If we're going to do that then we are going to have to step it up and prove it with this next album". On August 21, 2015 Twiztid released a vinyl rerelease of W.I.C.K.E.D. on a double blood-red vinyl. On October 16, 2015 Twiztid released another vinyl rerelease with Cryptic Collection: Halloween Edition. On October 31, 2015 Twiztid rereleased the third vinyl rerelease with Freek Show.
On January 26, 2016 Twiztid rereleased the single "Rock The Dead" on vinyl. On March 4, 2016 Twiztid rereleased their 5th studio album and 28th overall album, Mutant Vol. 2 (remixed & remastered). On May 2, 2016 Twiztid rereleased the single "Respirator" on vinyl. On June 9, 2016 Twiztid released the single "Who Am I?" on vinyl. At the 2016 GOTJ Twiztid released their 10th EP and 29th overall album Trapped EP.
The Continuous Evilution Of Life's ?'s" Era (2017)
During Twiztid's "Canadian Juggalo Invasion Tour" from March 26, 2016 — April 8, 2016, the group's VIP package featured a tour exclusive single title "Psychomania" taken from Twiztid's eleventh studio album revealed to be titled The Continuous Evilution Of Life's ?'s. On May 17, 2016 it was announced that Twiztid has acquired the rights to, and will rerelease The Green Book on CD, vinyl and cassette on August 19, 2016, and will hold a release party that night. On June 9, 2016 Twiztid released a new single titled "Who Am I?" on vinyl. On July 10, 2016 it was announced that Twiztid will release a new album titled Trapped EP at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2016 along with the other artists on Majik Ninja Entertainment: Blaze Ya Dead Homie (Dead Vulture EP), The R.O.C. (The Fucking Preylewd EP) and Lex "The Hex" Master (Mr. Ugly mixtape). It was announced on August 17, 2016 that pre-orders for the album would be available on November 25, 2016 and the album being available for purchase everywhere on January 27, 2017. In an August 2016 interview with Huffingtonpost.com it was stated that Twiztid went to Strange Music in-house producer Seven with Davey Suicide front man producing 4 songs, and that the album will have more of a rock sound to it. On August 19, 2016 the second single "Are You Insane Like Me?" was released. The third single titled "Nothing To U" was released during the Spooktacular Horror Show Tour with Mac Lethal, Zodiac MPrint, Lex "The Hex" Master, Menace 2 Sobriety and Godz Of Kaos, on the MNE 2016 Fall Sampler. On January 1, 2017 a invite was sent to Twiztid from Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records to perform at the 2017 Juggalo March On Washington. On January 2, 2017 Twiztid accepted their invite to take part in the March taking place from September 16—17, 2017. Twiztid will also headline day 1 of the 2017 Juggalo Day Show "Tales From The Lotus Pod". They will take part in the headlining act on day 2 performing Tales from the Lotus Pod in its entirety with Insane Clown Posse and Blaze Ya Dead Homie as Dark Lotus. On January 4, 2017 Majik Ninja Entertainment announced via Facebook that none of the artists on the label will take part in the Juggalo March On Washington, but will still participate in the 2017 Juggalo Day Show: Tales From The Lotus Pod. But on January 19, 2017 via an interview with faygoluvers.net, Insane Clown Posse announced that it is cutting ties with Twiztid and Majik Ninja Entertainment, and that all artists from Majik Ninja Entertainment were removed from the 2017 Juggalo Day Show and that a new lineup will be announced soon. On January 8, 2017 it was announced that Twiztid will release Cryptic Collection: Valentine's Day Edition during their Eat Your Heart Out Tour which will run from February 10—22, 2017 to all of those who purchase a VIP. A separate version of the album will be released nationwide around the same time. On February 28, 2017 it was announced that Twiztid will go on The Psychomania Tour with G-Mo Skee, Young Wicked, and Gorilla Voltage, with dates to be announced in the first part of March. It is speculated that Twiztid will perform their 11th studio album, The Continuous Evilution Of Life's ?'s in its entirety.
Style and influences
Twiztid's performance style is often described as horrorcore. According to Spaniolo, "Think of it as if there was a Halloween or Friday the 13th on wax and Jason and Michael Myers could actually rap, this is what their vibe would sound like." Spaniolo has cited Kiss as an influence. While Man's Myth featured a hip hop-oriented sound, Mutant featured a rock oriented sound. According to Spaniolo, "I've always wanted to do a Rock album and to date that was the closest thing to it we have ever done, so it holds a special place in my heart."