Supporting Acts: Madchild, BLAZE YA DEAD HOMIE, AQUALEO, Cheyne & Matthew Thorsen, Chronic Zombiez
Theatrical, outrageous, and wildly inventive, Twiztid's infectious blend of hip-hop has been stalking the hip-hop scene for years. Now after lurking in the shadows, Twiztid are ready to strike again with the release of their very first mixtape, "A New Nightmare", on July 23rd. Unapologetic, and lyrically ferocious, Twiztid are out to prove to hip-hop fans everywhere that their terrifying brand of dark, sinister hip-hop is sharper than a razor blade. Twiztid is the maniacal duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child, and they have been carving their way through the underground with lethal force since the release of their now classic debut album, "Mostasteless". Throughout thier career Twiztid have been conquering and pillaging the scene with each and every release. They've grace the cover of Alternative Press Magazine, were awarded "Album Cover of the Week" by VH1.com, been invited to perform on G4 TV's "Freestyle 101", collaborated with hip-hop legends Three 6 Mafia on their multi platinum album "When the Smoke Clears", and appeared on the soundtrack of, the "Backyard Wrestling" Playstation Game. The duo's hustle cannot be contained to simply music, as they added acting to their resume when they starred in the platinum selling DVD comedy movie "Big Money Hustlas" and the 2012 sequel "Big Money Rustlas", which was played extensively on Showtime. In January 2013, Twiztid landed a role in the USA Network pilot for the TV show "Over/Under". Most recently, Twiztid hit the Billboard Top 200 at #18 with their latest studio effort "Abominationz". The album unleashed a beastly display of lyrical prowess as they created the soundtrack to listeners most intense nightmares. The demented duo were rewarded when the album peaked as the #4 independent album in the country and the second highest selling hip-hop release on the Billboard charts. The album proved that even though they've been in the game for over a decade, Twiztid are still one of the most powerful forces in the underground hip-hop scene today. With "Abominationz" taking Twiztid to new heights, the group simply refuse to rest in their quest for global domination. They immediately took their theatrical freak show out onto the road for a sold out tour, performing for their rabid fans across the country. The "Abominationz" tour ignited a creative fire in the group, as they headed back into the studio to record their very first mixtape as a thank you to their dedicated fanbase for their unwavering support throughout the years. Now invigorated with a new found sense of creative freedom, Twiztid are already planning their very first Canadian headlining tour, as well as the third leg of their "Abominationz" tour across the United States, complete with a performance at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare festival in October. The demented duo are constantly on the grind working on new music, a podcast, in the development to star in their own movie. In 2013 and beyond, Twiztid are ready tie you up, toss you into the trunk and take somewhere you've never been before. The scariest part is when you don't want to come back...
Where most rappers celebrate the urban lifestyle with the same old themes and the same old image, Twiztid peel away the gloss and expose the innards. With an oversized butcher knife. They take the hard edge of theatrical rock-and-roll and temper it with gritty hip-hop to create a musical monstrosity so dangerously real it must be hidden with facepaint. These aren’t casual gangsters; their painted personas let them explore the darkest corners of the human psyche, from superhero fantasies to horror film legacies. With their ruthless raps, they can explore every recess of their audience’s experiences, every sentimental reflection and every sinister urge. By becoming something unreal, they are free to be real. Whether it’s on-stage devastation or home stereo infiltration, Twiztid’s music will take you somewhere you’ve never been before. The scariest part is when you don’t want to come back…
The History of Twiztid
Madrox and Monoxide, the mindsick masterminds behind Twiztid, have always been driven by impulse. Some might say compulsion. Still others might call it a “homicidal tendency” or “clear case of insanity,” but the jury’s still out on that one. Literally. In fact, that’s all the lawyers will let us say about that.
Uncovering the truth of Twiztid’s early days depends on who you ask, which personality is in control, and which law enforcement agency you represent. Some speculate their first performance on the stage of life was in a petri dish at a science lab. Other sources claim a history of abandonment, rejection, and social isolation, but those are the boring sources. All fingers seem to point at Detroit’s east side, but any real records from that area have been destroyed or confiscated as evidence. Their earliest sightings are scattered but consistent: they usually involve microphones, and they all involve terror, confusion, and an almost hypnotic crowd reaction. And there’s usually a good beat. No matter what incidents or influences explain the origins of Twiztid, one thing is certain: their faces ain’t the only thing they’re hiding.
These are the facts as they can be traced: The duo came out of high school right into Detroit’s emerging underground rap scene. It was the early days of the “horrorcore” genre, which would invade hip-hop as “The Wicked Shit,” and they fit right in. They paid their deadly dues in several recording and performing groups, and one of them got noticed by another act making waves in the Wicked well; ICP thought Madrox and Monoxide would be a natural fit for Psychopathic Records—like the belt on a chainsaw, or an ax in a wound.
Madrox and Monoxide hooked up with the Psychopathic crew, and within the orgy of violence, volume, and facepaint that is “The Label That Runs Beneath the Streets,” Twiztid were conceived. Psychopathic cooked up a promotional campaign that was equal parts insane and innovative to introduce Twiztid to the world. It saw Twiztid behind safety glass in straightjackets at autograph signings. Twiztid wheeling ICP on dollies into events, Hannibal Lecter style. Twiztid in a bloody padded room on the cover of Alternative Press magazine. Twiztid on the Main Stage of the first ever Gathering of the Juggalos music festival (now on its tenth year). The fans were feelin it, like Ritalin kids off their meds, and Twiztid were established as figureheads in the Juggalo world.
Since their debut, Twiztid have released seven full-length albums, plus a maniacal myriad of compilations, collections, EPs, solo albums and side projects. Check them out at www.hatchetgear.com. Their other accomplishments include: Being invited by the G4 Network to perform on Freestyle 101. Being awarded “Album Cover of the Week” on VH1.com. Recording alongside Three 6 Mafia on the multi platinum album “When the Smoke Clears.” Appearing as playable characters in, and on the soundtrack of, the “Backyard Wrestling” Playstation Game. Playing the comic relief in the platinum selling DVD movie “Big Money Hustlas.” Radio interviews on the Howard Stern and Mancow shows. Appearing in WWE storylines.
Their genre-defining, moral-defiling album W.I.C.K.E.D. dropped with killer extras like a comic book, music video DVD, bonus tracks, and autographed, collectible trading cards! Not too bad for two Detroit guys whose daytime fantasy involves a roll of duct tape, a circular saw, and a music critic. The album performed above all expectations, much to the chagrin of the mainstream music industry. It debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the Top Rap Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Heartbroken & Homicidal is the newest album by Twiztid and they have laid everything out on the line in this latest release. It is a musical odyssey through the bitterness, hate, and malice a person becomes engrossed in while suffering the loss and rejection accompanying everyday life. Twiztid have built their career on horror and what could be more heinous than the real heartache and agony that so many people are facing in this day and age?
Twiztid have made a deep, dark niche for themselves in the music industry, and so long as the glossy mainstream casts a shadow, they’ll be there to expose it for the rest of us…