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NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles was in full-effect. With the city on fire, everyone was celebrating somewhere or another. For most, leaving Michael Jordan’s birthday party in Bel-Air meant taking the shuttle bus out of the function. For Twista, things got a little more heated. Read more…
As reported by TMZ, Twista ended up in an altercation with another man, whom eventually Twista secures in a headlock. This took place around 1:30am as the Chicago rapper fell victim to the chaos surrounding these shuttles. If you were in attendance, you knew how cutthroat it was to get a ride back. Allegedly, there was a man on the shuttle disrupting the peace and disrespecting women. And Twista was not having it. We caught up with the Chicago rapper ahead of his headlining show at The Viper Room in Los Angeles.
Can you give me a breakdown of what happened last night?
It was an incident where we was on the shuttle bus, and a guy was on the shuttle bus being disrespectful to everybody on the shuttle bus. Especially the women. And he basically made threats about what he was gonna do to me and my guy, once we got off the bus.
So, we knew we had to fight once we got off the bus. Once the bus stopped, the door opened. He got out. We came out swingin’. He basically got out and confronted my buddy. Wouldn’t let him get off the bus. So, it mainly started right there. You know, I couldn’t let my buddy get whooped. We was there together.
How’d it end? No one got hurt right?
We straight. It ended with my other buddies coming in the shuttle bus. And then once they got out, then he fled the scene. He called me a bunch of bitches and hoes before he fled the scene. That was it.
What do you think of the current state of Hip Hop?
I think it’s dope. I think it’s diverse. I think it needs to be broken down into different genres in the way that you break singing down. I think people don’t realize that rap is an equivalent to singing. And just like you wouldn’t compare a country singer with a jazz singer, or rock n roll with blues — same way with rap. There’s different genres and it’s so diverse.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Everything. Even though we don’t know our culture to the extent that we should know, it’s bigger than just one month. I do think it’s dope that there is a month to focus on it instead of not having anything. Being that it is Black History Month, it gives everybody a chance to learn the culture, what we come from, and what we do.
How do plan on celebrating black love?
How I plan on celebrating black love is just unity amongst everybody. Spreading the word… telling people to go see Black Panther. [laughs]
You seen it yet?
No, I haven’t seen it. You know, I been working! I gotta check it out.
Following Crook County, what do have cooking?
Following Crook Country, I’m working on a project with Do Or Die called Withdrawal Pt. 2. So we got number 1 that’s out now and then we got Withdrawal Pt. 2: The Relapse. And then I’m working on a project with DJ White Shadow — a few friends got in the studio and we been banging out records. I know that project is gonna be really big. And I’m also working on an album for this year.
Do you still have someone that you wanna collab with that you haven’t yet?
There’s a lot of people I wanna collab with. It’s always a different person that pops in my mind when I do interviews. This time, Jadakiss. I haven’t worked with Jadakiss. But I know him — we just haven’t gotten in together.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
The most played artist in my phone is probably Bob Marley or something like that.
What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a fan?
It’s too many… maybe the one when I went to an autograph signing and there was a lady. This little boy was coming up and I thought he was bringing his grandmother up, and I realized that he was bringing her up because SHE was the fan. She was like 70-something years old and she knew “Overnight Celebrity.”
Is there anything else you want to let Young California know?
Man, we here. I’m in LA. We about to rock this concert. It’s gonna be dope. Check out everybody that’s on the GMG label and get at me @TwistaGMG.