Pop music is a bloated, rotting corpse and The Wicked Shit is the undead pulse hidden deep within. If you look into the shadows, past the smoke and mirrors of MTV and playlist radio, and into the cold, hard streets, you’ll find the underground of music. A place where innovation thrives and inspiration drives. Unapologetic, unique artists have carved a niche for fans fed up with the glamour-mag faces and spoon-fed lyrics of modern music, and offer them something more.
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…
Whitney Peyton is a solo hip hop artist from outside of Philadelphia, PA.
Blaze Ya Dead Homie:
Blaze has been in the rap game for many years now. From his early beginnings in his previous group "2 Krazy Devils" which consisted of Blaze himself and Skrapz of Level Jumpers. Blaze was then known as Psycho C and Skrapz was known as Krazie. The group had the production of Twiztid's former rap partner The R.O.C. 2 Krazy Devils never really evolved and soon became known as "The Sleepwalkaz". Blazes name switched to The Sandman.
The Sleepwalkaz much like 2 Krazy Devils never really went anywhere and the group was forced to split up. Skrapz went on to do another project with the R.O.C. and Blaze went on to hookup with Twiztid and rumor has it they attempted to record as I.S.I. or "International Superstars Incorporated." "I.S.I." was originally a gang that included Twiztid, Blaze, R.O.C. and Scrapz. But when Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse approached Twiztid for a record deal on Psychopathic Records, they gladly took the offer.
Blaze had appeared on the Juggalo Show, announced by Violent J as the newest member of the Psychopathic Family in 1997. kept doin his thing underground until Twiztid was able to offer him a solo career on Psychopathic. Blaze accepted and was soon on his way to underground stardom. He recorded his first self titled album on Psychopathic. Blaze has the sound of an old school hardcore ruthless street thug from the early 90's. Blaze's next album was his first length LP called "1 Less G In The Hood". This release was a little more experimental in Blaze's sound. Some guitar was thrown in the mix but all in all the album still stayed true to the "gangsta" image Blaze had created. After he released his 2nd album, he retired for about a year. He then came back into the business, becoming a member of the supergroup Dark Lotus and also recorded his third solo album 'Tha Undying' under his new name Colton Grundy.
Blaze and his label mate Anybody Killa are very close friends, and ABK has been Blaze's hypeman at numerous live shows. ABK and Blaze have since formed a group called Drive By. Pony Down (Prelude) was released early october 2005. This album has extreme bass lines and has a slower old school sound. The album received little to no promotion and from what ABK had said in an interview, the album didn't sell.
Blaze Ya Dead Homie is set to release an album on October 31st 2006 Clockwork Grey which is set to be in stores every where. It will be the first album where Blaze will be writing all of his own material. Blaze will also be headlining his own tour, the Tombstone Terror Tour this Summer through the Fall featuring labelmates the Axe Murder Boyz and Boondox. Recently it was announced that Blaze's album has also been pushed back for unknown reasons. Much to the irritation of juggalos this has also happend with ICP's album The Tempest.
The Moonshine Bandits first met at High School in the little agricultural town of Los Banos. Los Banos is a small town located in Central Valley California. Growing up in a small town meant that there wasnt many things to do to stay out of trouble. Keg parties on canal banks or in the country hills, house parties, beer bongs, hay stacks, corn fields, big trucks, mud boggin', and lots of women, just about sums up the life of a Moonshine Bandit. In 1999, Moonshine Bandits formed. The Bandits quickly gained local support and became the first rap/rock act from Los Banos to ever get signed to a National Distribution deal. The Bandits later caught the attention of MTV who licensed songs from the Moonshinerz for upcoming episodes of MTVs TV Series Undressed. The Bandits have built an impressive resume of music industry credits. With a career built on numerous National Album appearances, tons of side projects, mixtapes, and shows with established artists such as Uncle Kracker, Bubba Sparxxx, Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, Rehab, and E-40, the MOONSHINE BANDITS have definately made their presence felt.
The MOONSHINE BANDITS are innovators of their own style of music that is a fusion of Pop, Country, Rap and Alternative Rock. The Bandits diversified album contains the song Sweet Home California that is rapidly buzzing the internet and sure to be a crossover hit. Danny Boone from the band Rehab (that sold over 150,000 cds) sings the chorus on the Bandits radio friendly song entitled Moonshine, which is sure to be a fan favorite.