Carl Mitchell a.k.a Twista has been putting in work since the early 90s and I feel it's about time we gave him the shine he deserves.
Most of you probably know him from Kanye West's "Overnight Celebrity or the infamous "Get It Wet", but Twista's got some cuts way hotter than that for sure.
We all like a good song for the ladies, but when you want something to blackout to or just want to be amazed at some high level lyrical agility- you play "Overdose".
I singled out the track "Overdose" from his '97 album Adrenaline Rush because it's the first track that I heard when a friend of mine introduced me to
his amazing sound. Now let's crack this puppy open and see what kind of heat he's packin in this song.
First off, he sets the tone by letting you know he's on one and can't be held liable if he overdoses in the middle of the track. Fortunately for us, he doesn't die in the song ,but literally spits a blackout in the booth. He zones out completely as he inhales smoke and exhales pure art. Whatever muse someone chooses as inspiration for their music is up to them, history proves that a lot of greats have leaned on chemical intoxicants to create their craft. Everyone from Jim Morrison to Janis Joplin to Jimi Hendrix, even Bob Marley have all had a little helper in their back pocket.
So there's no approve or disapprove of their methods, but the end result for Twista was instant classic in our book. "Overdose" finds Twista sittin on the beat and so in the pocket that all you can do is shake your head in amazement as his words flip and reverberate off of your eardrums in rhythmic harmony. Lines like "Goin all in the socks of the recently deceased, from what was released from the chrome beast to the dome piece/Visions in my mind being increased by inner beef with some grief, but when I chief on some strong leaf/" . I mean, go ahead and try saying that 5x fast and you'll understand why he ended up in the Guinness book of world records. Legendary flow with the ability to rap circles around his competition before they can even get out one bar.
Plus, if you listen to how the beat just accentuates every syllable propelling him deeper into the track. Excellent display of breath control, by the way. If you've ever rapped or attempted to talk for an extended period of time you can appreciate the amount of skill that goes into this song. This isn't a song you can just jump up and perform, it doesn't matter how much you want to imitate or replicate, it takes practice. You have to build up your lyrical endurance as you would training for a track meet or a few laps in an Olympic pool.
Now today and even then there are other rappers/mcs that have a fast-paced cadence in their delivery, but Twista stands out as one on the forefront staying true to his craft. The only downside to having an electric flow like this is that sometimes it can be overwhelming and the listener will opt for a slower drawl of one of their southern faves or even an eastern delight. Twista is aware of this fact and has learned to break up the fire and stagger it out a bit so that the average listener can understand what kind of content he's putting out. Either way, "Overdose" is still an epic track and doesn't need to be slowed down in the slightest, it should be appreciated for it's unique greatness.
When I first listened to this song, I had it on repeat for almost the whole night. My friends tried to change to the next track and I would be like "Nope, go back to that last one". I played and played it until I couldn't play it anymore and believe it or not, I still play it today. Not with the same compulsive behavior, but with the same intensity and amazement that I found a good 15+ yrs back. I hope you enjoyed this review and if this is your first time hearing "Overdose" all I can say is "Your Welcome".
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