Twiztid is an American hip hop duo 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.
Twiztid performs a style of hardcore hip hop and have released 11 studio albums, 9 EP's and 7 compilation albums.
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 second 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 third overall album, Cryptic Collectionon November 13, 2000.
Twiztid released their second compilation album and fourth overall album Cryptic Collection Vol. 2 on October 22, 2001.
On April 8, 2002, Twiztid released their first extended play and fifth 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 sixth overall album titled 4 Tha Fam.
"The Green Book" Era (2003–2005)
On July 1, 2003, Twiztid released their third studio album and seventh 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 third EP and eighth overall album titled Fright Fest '03 at their Fright Fest 2003 show.
Twiztid released their third compilation album at ninth 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 tenth overall album, Man's Myth (Vol. 1) on June 28, 2005. They released the first half of a double album concluding with their fifth studio album and eleventh 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 fourth EP and their twelfth 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 fourth compilation album and thirteenth 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 fourteenth 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 additionally 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 fifth EP and fifteenth overall album Toxic Terror EP, a companion EP to Independent's Day throughout the 2008 Toxic Terror Tour.
"W.I.C.K.E.D." Era (2009)
On March 17, 2009, Twiztid released their seventh studio album and sixteenth 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 sixth EP and seventeenth overall album, End Of Days the companion EP to W.I.C.K.E.D. In December 2009 Twiztid released their fifth compilation album and eighteenth overall album Cryptic Collection: Holiday Edition.
"Heartbroken & Homicidal" Era (2010–2012)
Twiztid released their eighth studio album and nineteenth overall album, Heartbroken & Homicidal on September 21, 2010.
Twiztid released their sixth compilation album and twentieth overall album Cryptic Collection Vol. 4 on September 13, 2011, the album charted at #108 on the Billboard 200. Twiztid released their seventh EP and twenty-first overall album A Cutthroat Christmas EP in December 2011.
Abominationz Era (2012–2013), departure from Psychopathic Records (2012), and Independent Releases (2013–2014) Era — (2012–2014)
During the Kaos & Kronik Tour Twiztid released their seventh compilation album and twenty-second overall album titled Kronik Collection. On October 22, 2012 Twiztid released their ninth studio album and twenty-third 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, eighth EP and twenty-fourth overall album titled A New Nightmare on July 30, 2013. The album features Blaze Ya Dead Homie, The R.O.C., Anybody Killa and a large number of 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, ninth 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 a few artists with only one being announced; Blaze Ya Dead Homie. They said that they're wanting to give artists a chance, like they were given, that might 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 additionally 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 wouldn't 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 additional 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 additionally 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're 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 fifth 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 tenth 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 additional 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 preorders 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 throughout 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.
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."
- Mostasteless (November 25, 1997) (Psychopathic Records)
- Freek Show (October 31, 2000) (Psychopathic Records)
- The Green Book (July 1, 2003) (Psychopathic Records)
- Man's Myth, Vol. 1 (June 28, 2005) (Psychopathic Records)
- Mutant, Vol. 2 (July 26, 2005) (Psychopathic Records)
- Independents Day(July 3, 2007) (Psychopathic Records)
- W.I.C.K.E.D. (March 17, 2009) (Psychopathic Records)
- Heartbroken & Homicidal (September 21, 2010) (Psychopathic Records)
- Abominationz (October 22, 2012) (Psychopathic Records)
- The Darkness (January 27, 2015) (Majik Ninja Entertainment)
- The Continuous Evilution Of Life's ?'s (January 27, 2017) (Majik Ninja Entertainment)
- Chainsmoker LP (November 16, 2004) (Psychopathic Records)
- Return Of The Chainsmoker (2019) (Majik Ninja Entertainment)
- Phatso (May 16, 2006) (Psychopathic Records)
- Phatso: Earth 2 Version (May 2006) (Psychopathic Records)
- The Multiple Man (2021) (Majik Ninja Entertainment)
- Big Money Hustlas (1999)
- Born Twiztid (2000)
- The Purple Show (2003)
- Psychopathic: The Videos (2007)
- Hatchet Attacks: Live From Red Rocks (2008)
- A Family Underground (2009)
- Big Money Rustlas (2010)
- American Psychos Tour Documentary (2012)
- Over/Under [TV Movie, "Pilot" episode] (2013)
- The Official Twiztid Tour Documentary: The Long and Crooked Road (2013)
- Twiztid Live @The Culture Room in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida (2013)
- Twiztid New Years Evil 6 (2013)
- Twiztid Sickman Video w/Bonus Footage (2015)