Personnel: Twista; Wendell Ray (vocals); Brian Fontinelli (flamenco guitar); Jamie Foxx, Johnny P. , Juvenile, Lil' Kim, Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Syleena Johnson, Trey Songz, Sleepy Eyed Jones, Speedknot Mobstaz.
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Dexter Simmons; Jean-Marie Horvat; Kevin KD Davis; Ray Seay; Richard Travali.
Recording information: Chi- Rock Studios, Chicago, IL; Chung King Studios, NY; Dark Child Studios, Pleasantville, NJ; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; South Beach Recording Studios, Miami, FL.
Photographer: Sacha Waldman.
After nearly a decade as an underground favorite for his near-impossible rapid-fire raps, Chicago MC Twista suddenly exploded on the scene with one of the biggest hits of 2004, "Slow Jamz," and its accompanying KAMIKAZE, along with gaudy appearances on many other major R&B hits. A year later, Twista returns with THE DAY AFTER, a consistently solid record that echoes the sound of its predecessor.
THE DAY AFTER's title track starts things off, as a flurry of chaos gives way to a soulfully panoramic, strikingly earnest view of a near-fatal experience. Twista follows with the extraordinarily sinister, predatory "Check That Hoe," perfectly exhibiting his hypnotically appealing slow-fast attack, rife with his head-turning lines. Twista moves beyond his high speed rhyming abilities, which once seemed just an impressive gimmick, to achieve a masterly blend of playful rhymes and dark gangster visions of street hustling and immense sensuality.
Vibe (p.148) - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "[H]is sexually charged rhymes successfully mesh with the climactic cooing of Trey Songz on 'Girl Tonight'."