Carl Terrell Mitchell is a rapper and record producer from the U.S. born on November 27, 1973. He is well known for his chopper rapping technique and for holding the Guinness World Record for the quickest English-speaking rapper in the world in 1992 when he recited 598 syllables in 55 seconds. In 2017, he appeared on ABC’s American television panel show, “To Tell the Truth.” Two years later, he appeared on the Netflix rap competition, “Rhythm and Flow” as a judge. He and his record label team collaborated with the Chicago Food Bank’s Produce mobile program to feed poor people in the community throughout the 2010 holiday season. Today, we honor him and his achievements.
Carl Terrell Mitchell
November 27, 1973
Carl Terrell Mitchell, known by his stage name Twista, was born on November 27, 1973, and grew up in the K-Town neighborhood of West Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side. He started rapping when he was 12 years old.
Twista’s first album, “Runnin’ Off at da Mouth” was released in 1992 when he still used his former stage name, Tung Twista. Twista got signed with Big Beat and Atlantic in the summer of 1997 and released the album “Adrenaline Rush” after his second album, “Resurrection” was released only in Chicago due to marketing issues. Twista reappeared a year later, teaming up with other Chicago area rappers to form the Speedknot Mobstaz and released “Mobstability” as their first album.
He recorded another album “Kamikaze” alongside Ludacris, Jay-Z, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and others in the fall of 2002 but was not released until early 2004 and immediately charted on the Billboard 200, riding the wave of his number one smash single ‘Slow Jamz.’ Following the launching of his record label, Get Money Gang Entertainment in 2008, he released the album “Category F5” in 2009. The next year saw the release of “The Perfect Storm,” which included Chris Brown and Tia London as special guests. In 2014, Twista released another album, titled “The Dark Horse.”
"Runnin' Off at da Mouth," his first studio album, is released.
Twista drops “Mobstability” in collaboration with the Speedknot Mobstaz.
Twista makes an appearance on ABC's "To Tell the Truth" show.
Twista appears as a judge in Netflix's "Rhythm and Flow" rap competition.
Why We Love Twista
He cares about his community
In 2010, he and the G.M.G. crew teamed up with the Chicago Food Bank's Produce mobile program to feed the city's impoverished and hungry during the holidays. He always looks for ways to give back to his community.
He has a unique style of rapping
Twista is credited with being one of the first rappers to use fast-paced rhyming and rapping in his music. His manner adds to the enjoyment of his music.
He is tenacious
Despite growing up in one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods, which was also known for violence, drug addiction, and addicts, he worked odd jobs and never gave up on his ambition. He is an inspiration to many.
5 Surprising Facts
He is one of the fastest rappers
Twista, in the song "Mista Tung Twista," spits out 1,287 words in four minutes and 36 seconds, which is four times faster than most rappers.
He has a documentary film
“Mr. Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista”, is a documentary film about him.
He was on a sketch comedy show
Twista had his debut TV appearance as himself on the sketch comedy show "MADtv."
He has done odd jobs
Twista once worked as a security guard, telemarketer, barber, factory worker, shoe salesman, and McDonald's employee before achieving fame as a rapper.
His album couldn’t be released outside Chicago
Twista's second studio album, "Resurrection," was unable to be released outside of Chicago due to issues with his record label, and another rapper, Common, had released an album with a similar title.
Is Twista still the fastest rapper in the world?
Twista remains the world’s fastest rapper, at a speed of 10.87 syllables per second.
Who is the second fastest rapper in the world?
Eminem is ranked as the second-fastest rapper in the world.
Who is Twister’s ex-wife?
His ex-wife is Rashida Mitchell, who he married before launching his career.
Twista’s birthday dates