Chicago hip-hop icon Twista is well-known for his tongue-twisting, rapid-fire rhymes, so Genius put his fast rapping expertise to use for the latest episode of 'The Cosign.'
Twista, who was named in the 1992 Guinness Book of World Records for rapping 11.2 syllables per second, gave his take on some of the new generation’s fast flows. From Ski Mask the Slump God’s verse on “Flo Rida” to JID’s “Off Deez” to Quadeca’s “Uh Huh!,” Twista shared his honest opinion on each new fast rapper.
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What up, what up? It's your boy Twista right here. Now I'm up here at Genius and I'm gonna give y'all my take on who I think can spit that fast flow the best these days. It wasn't a conscious thing to rap fast. I think it was a conscious thing to be different. It's one thing to be able to rap fast, then it's another thing to be able to rap fast and do it clearly. It adds on to it when you got a dope cadence and rhythm and a little flow that go to it. Then it adds onto it even more when you talking about something, when your subject matter is dope and you got some punchlines or meaning to what you saying, so it's definitely not just about the fast flow. It's a combination of all of them. See it’s dope. I'm already in tune, you know what I'm saying? And I already know that they in tune with my flow. When I heard they flow, I was in tune with they flow. I actually feel like this cat is one of the dopest rappers when it comes to doing a Twista type of style, or something that's unique. This is one of the guys that comes the closest. Video is dope, but I'm so into the verses and the lyrics. His fit off the chain, you know what I'm saying? Honestly, it was funny that you pulled that one out. That's one of the guys that I feel like the guys that do it right. You know what I mean? I would've put him number one or two and be like, "Okay, lemme see one of you niggas outdo this one.” Uh oh. Aight we gotta try to deal with the white girl with the fast flow. Aw shit. Yeah. I'm checking out her flow, listening to it. I see she got the look and everything. And she's switching it up, you know what I'm saying? She know how to come with the fast flow, and then she got other ways of doing it I hear that new swag, the new style to it with the cadence and flow and it's meshed in with the fast flow. And then she got a good performance, you know what I'm saying? So, this is dope. I fucks with it. I think she fits in in rap in a place where it's not so focused on her looks, even though she looks good. That right there is like a breath of fresh air as far as hearing a female spit a flow and do her thing, and it's not focused on her race or her gender, you know what I mean? She just killing it and she want you to see that she dope. Y'all gotta pick some people I don't know or something. See, this Slump God, he killing it. I love Slump God. It ain't fair! I like when rappers are able to take ... okay, you rap fast, but who's gonna do it in a unique or different way. You know, he dope as hell. That’s the homie. Rapping fast, by itself, okay, that's one talent, but then, now what can you do with it? Certain artists, like Ski Mask, J, with them, I can pick up things from them. I like to hear artists that can do what I do, but at the same time, they might hit a phrase or two that makes me be able to pick up something and go off in the zone. You know? So, that's dope. Okay, I'ma listen for a second, but right off the top, I just flat out don't like it. Now, I'ma listen for a little bit. I'ma listen now to try to give him a chance, just right off top though, soon as I heard it ... bam! I just didn't like the shit. I don't like how that sweater fit on his body neither. It's too loose off the neck and it's hanging around the edge a little too much. Now see, I don't want the shorty to blow up and then not like me, like a month or two and shit, and this is the little popping motherfucker, I be like, "Damn!" You know what I mean? I could clearly hear that he can rap. But ... nah. It's just so corny to me. I just don't like the shit, nah. And he fucked it up real bad with that sweater. It's too big. I'm telling you ... that's the first thing ... I didn't like the big ass sweater. Then the next thing I didn't like about it was ... his raps. The next thing I didn't like about it was the way his body was moving when he was trying to spit his verse. He couldn't ... his shit was ... he just was ... I don't know what he was doing, so ... And then last, the Oil Can Harry beat. A beat that sound like it was put together with a few kitchen utensils, some shit out of Sanford and Son's yard? You know what I'm saying? Some oil can ... some shit that ... you grabbed some shit to try to make a beat. I like Denzel Curry. You know what I'm saying? I'm already in tune. The first sight is a person who doesn't care and who's crazy, but then when you hear and listen, you hear the genius of it. That's dope. He got the best of both worlds, being able to put music together the way he puts it together, but then when you see him, his visuals and the way he comes off as a artist, it's like, real poppin’ to me. Yeah, but Denzel just killing it. He just wild with it, spittin’ it, doing his thing. I like his whole vibe, image, the way he come off and his especially his music. I gotta fuck with him. And then I liked that one song, what was it? Yeah, that’s my shit. This is a person I will probably reach out to to help keep the OG in the game, you know what I'm saying? "Yo, D! Come hit ya boy with one of them verses," you know what I'm saying? He dope. I know it when I hear it, you know what I'm saying? He dope. I don't know him. I have no idea who this is. I like the way he able to lay there with them dogs barking in his fucking face like that. He really, really showing some courage right there. Yeah, if you a rapper, you would be vibing with this. Low budget video. And it's pulling the energy strictly from how he able to spit it. And see, nothing is wrong with his hoodie. What makes me like a person with this tone is when they know how to use it. So, you can clearly tell, I think I'm listening to a white guy rapping, but it helps to spit they flow so good, like Eminem is one of the best at it ever. You know what I mean? So I think it's a place and a lane for everybody in music. And I think it constantly grows. And I think the minute that you start feeling like somebody from the younger generation is doing something that's wrong or this is incorrect hip hop or incorrect … Once you get to that level, then to me, you are starting to lose touch. Denzel Curry was my favorite one. The most lyrical one was the JID one. And the most funky one, when it come to just that ... spitting that fast flow funk to me, was the Ski Mask The Slump God video. After watching all these videos, the rapper that gets my cosign is J.I.D. JID, I gotta give it to him. He get my co-sign. I hear a lot of rappers that do the fast rap. This is the one that sounds the dopest to me. People got they hands full trying to fuck with him on that. Yeah. He killing em. That's the thing, it evens itself out. Back in the day, you didn't have access to the technology, but it wasn't a lot of competition. Today, you got all the access to all the technology, but everybody and they mama and uncles and aunties doing it. The thing I didn’t like about it was his big ass sweater.