Personnel includes: Twista, 8 Ball, Too Short, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Jazze Pha, R. Kelly, Freeway, Ludacris, T.I., Liffy Stokes, Cee Lo, Anthony Hamilton, Memphis Bleek, Danny Boy, JS, Young Chris.
Producers include: Kanye West, Jazze Pha, Toxic, Don Vito, Wildstyle.
Includes bonus tracks.
Personnel: Twista; Danny Boy, Bishop Don Magic Juan, Aisha Tyler, Highbeam, Penelope Magnet, Co (vocals); Donnie Lyle, Greg Landfair (guitar); Miri Ben-Ari (violin); John Legend, Rodney East, Kendall D. Nesbitt (keyboards); Ian Mereness (programming); Jazze Pha, Kanye West (vocals); Petey Pablo, Too $hort, 8Ball , Freeway, Jamie Foxx, Jermaine Dupri, Liffy Stokes, Ludacris, Memphis Bleek, R. Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, T.I., Cee Lo Green.
Audio Mixers: The Legendary Traxster; R. Kelly; Chris Steinmetz; Manny Marroquin; Daniel Romero; Larry Sturm; Brian Stanley ; Serban Ghenea; Leslie Brathwaite; Corey Williams.
Recording information: Battery Studios, New York, NY; Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL; Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; CRC Studios, Chicago, IL; CWAL Mob Recording Studios, Chicago, IL; DSL Studios, Louisville, KY; Legit Ballin Studios, Chicago, IL; Orange Grove Studios, Los Angeles, CA; PS West, Atlanta, GA; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Sound On Sound Recording, New York, NY; SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA; Stankonia Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; United Technique Recording INc., Chicago, IL.
Editor: Mike Caren.
Photographer: Vincent Soyez.
Arranger: R. Kelly.
With a flow so speedy that the Guinness book recognized him as the world's fastest rapper over a decade ago, Chicago hip-hop legend Twista ironically scored a breakout hit with the song "Slow Jamz." However, when he kicks in his trademark rapid-fire flow in the second verse of that song, the veteran's skill is instantly overwhelming. It's not just that Twista's been honing his style for years, it's that he observes, after spitting a dizzying array of clever masters-of-the-slow-jam name-checks, "no matter how much of a thug you see, I still spin it like it's R&B."
Far from a performer with a motor-mouth gimmick, Twista is an artist, a songwriter, and a rap-stylist, and KAMIKAZE marks his return to the form of his 1996 debut, ADRENALINE RUSH. To that extent, "Still Feels So Good," a sexy track featuring Jazzy Phe, calls back to "It Feels So Good" from that record. He continues to party through switch-pace tracks like "Drinks" and darker, nearly "screwed-up" tracks such as "One Last Time." Eventually, he closes on a more substantial note, musing with Cee-Lo on "Hope," basking with Anthony Hamilton (conjuring up Bill Withers) on "Sunshine," and philosophizing with some of the State Property crew on "Art & Life."