Twiztid is back with their tenth studio album, Abominationz. They have stated this album was inspired by hate unlike W.I.C.K.E.D which was said to have been inspired by evil. Will this album live up to the standard set forth by Twiztid?
Prior to being Twiztid, Jamie Spaniolo aka Jaime Madrox and Paul Methric aka Monoxide 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. After the split, Monoxide and Madrox sent a demo tape to Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce aka Violent J. The demo contained the tracks “2nd Hand Smoke,” “Diemuthafuckadie,” and “How Does It Feel?” Bruce was extremely impressed, invited the duo to perform on ‘The House of Horrors Tour’, and signed them to Psychopathic Records. Before the tour kicked off, Violent J, Monoxide and Madrox decided on a name that they felt would fit the duo—”Twiztid”. Twiztid’s 1997 debut album, Mostasteless, was originally released independently by Psychopathic Records. 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. Mostasteless peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and #149 on the Billboard 200.
On October 31, 2000, Twiztid released their second studio album, Freek Show. The album peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200. In 2002, Twiztid released the extended play Mirror Mirror. The Album peaked at #5 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #103 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, Twiztid released its third studio album, The Green Book. Madrox has referred to the album as a “Juggalo favorite.” The Green Book peaked at #2 on the Top Independent Charts and #52 on the Billboard 200.
On June 28, 2005, Twiztid released its fourth studio album, Man’s Myth (Vol. 1), the first half of a double album concluding with Mutant (Vol. 2), released the following month. Man’s Myth focuses on the angst of growing up in a lying world, while Mutant deals with the outcome of this upbringing. 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.
On July 4, 2007, Twiztid released its sixth studio 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. The group’s leader, 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 Monoxide suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament following a car accident, but the tour was booked again in early 2008.
On March 17, 2009, Twiztid released its seventh studio 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. Twiztid’s ninth studio album, “Heartbroken & Homicidal,” was released on September 21, 2010.
1. Bad Side
3. Rep That Wicked
4. He’s lookin at me
5. Blood…All I need
6. Lift me up Feat Blaze Ya Dead Homie
7. Extension Chords
8. Psychopathic Psychiatric Care
9. Coin Flip Lunatic Feat Royce Da 5’9
10. This is your anthem
11. Abominationz Feat Insane Clown Posse
12. Unable to cry for help or escape from a seemingly impending evil
14. 2nd 2 no 1
16. It’s hard to smile when you’re…
17. She Loves it (Madrox Version)
18. Sux 2 B U Feat Krizz Kalico & Glasses Malone (Monoxide Version)
Track by track review and rating
1. Bad Side: A very different sound for Twiztid. The verses in this track show the lyrical skills the listener has come to expect. The hook is catchy and will have the audience singing along immediately. 9/10
2. Unstoppable: The beat is slower and contains a nice strings accompaniment. The hook is sung by Madrox and works. The verses are performed with quick rapping. The drastic difference between the verses and hook make this track unique. 8/10
3. Rep that Wicked: A very complex beat containing piano, violins, and other accompaniments. The verses are very Twiztid. A track for true Juggalos. The hook is catchy and will be stuck in many a listeners head. 9/10
4. He’s Lookin at me: Short skit. It is funny and delivers an amusing rest after the last track. A very nice lead in to the next track. N/A
5. Blood…All I need: Another complex track. The beat grabs the listener’s attention immediately. Madrox and Monoxide make the verses flow flawlessly. The hook is a great rock and rap hybrid which works really well. 9/10
6. Lift me up Feat Blaze Ya Dead Homie: A good piano backing makes the beat. Blaze adds his flavor to the hook. The slow beat changes the feel of the album. Great verses enhance the hook. 8/10
7. Extension Chords: This track is a completely different sound. This is a track that will either really appeal or really disappoint. 7/10
8. Psychopathic Psychiatric Care: Another funny skit. Twiztid finds another creative way to break up the tracks without affecting the overall enjoyment. N/A
9. Coin Flip Lunatic Feat Royce Da 5’9: This has the sickest beat they have ever put on an album. Royce Da 5’9 kills this track and Twiztid doesn’t disappoint. Hands down the best track on the album, absolute devastation. 10/10
10. This is your anthem: This track is what happens when Horrorcore and Rock spawn a demon. Twiztid kills the verses and the hook is sick. 9/10
11. Abominationz Feat Insane Clown Posse: A slow plodding beat allows the verses to stand out, in a good way. The contrast of styles between Twiztid and ICP are very obvious. The students might be surpassing the teachers. 8/10
12. Unable to cry for help or escape from a seemingly impending evil: An interlude of sorts. Sounds like a scene from a horror film. N/A
13. Nightmarez: A decent track. The verses contain some cool effects. 8/10
14. 2nd 2 no 1: Shaggy 2 Dope introduces this track. A nice simple beat makes the track flow well. A great hook helps round out the track nicely. 8/10
15. LDLHA-IBCSYWA: The title means Love Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, It’s been cold since you went away. A very subdued track about losing someone. Great piano and the feel of the song will make the listener pause and actually hear what is being said. One of the best on the album. 10/10
16. It’s Hard to Smile when You’re…: A third skit on the album. Because it’s funny and light hearted it improves the mood set by the last track. N/A
17. Return of the pervert (Madrox Version): The music on this track is quite simple and makes the verses Madrox does stand out in a really good way. Nice hook. 8/10
18. Sux 2 B U Feat Krizz Kaliko and Glasses Malone (Monoxide Version): Monoxide kills his verse and sets the track up to be great, unfortunately Krizz and Glasses Malone don’t add a lot here. The hook is ok but effective. 7/10
Overall Album Rating: 8/10
Conclusion: This album definitely shows Twiztid’s diversity and willingness to take chances. The other artists featured on the album work well until the bonus track Monoxide did. This CD will definitely leave people loving it or hating it. Not many people will be in the middle ground. The three skits break up the tracks nicely while adding a little comic relief to an otherwise dark album. Twiztid has said this album comes from a place of hate and it shows. With tracks like Rep that Wicked, Blood…All I need, and this is your anthem you can tell Twiztid knows what the family wants. Twiztid doesn’t disappoint and this album is highly recommended for any Juggalo or Juggalette although the other artists will appeal to fans outside of the Juggalo subculture.
- Coin Flip Lunatic Feat Royce Da 5'9
- This is your Anthem