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Twiztid is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. Formed in 1997, Twiztid is composed of Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric, who perform under the respective personas of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child. Spaniolo and Methric are former members of the group House of Krazees, which disbanded in 1997 a year after Jamie and Paul left.

Twiztid performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore, and have released nine studio albums, nine EPs, seven compilations, and one mixxtape. Twiztid signed to Psychopathic Records in 1997, and left the label December 12, 2012. September 12, 2014, InGrooves released its upcoming “New Release Packet” for October and it was announced that their new label will be called Majik Ninja Entertainment.

Twiztid live “Bad Day” 10/27/14

Twiztid live “Rock The Daed” 10/27/14


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Prior to Twiztid, Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric were members of the hip hop trio House of Krazees, under the names Mr. Bones and Hektic, along with the third member, the R.O.C. The group released five albums before disbanding in 1997. After the split, Methric and Spaniolo sent a demo tape to Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce. The demo contained the tracks “2nd Hand Smoke,” “Diemuthafuckadie,” and “How Does It Feel?” Bruce was extremely impressed, invited Methric and Spaniolo to perform on ‘The House of Horrors Tour’, and signed them to Psychopathic Records. Before the tour kicked off, Bruce, Methric and Spaniolo decided on a name that they felt would fit the duo—”Twiztid”.

Twiztid’s 1997 debut album, Mostasteless, was originally released independently by Psychopathic. After a show in Indianapolis, Twiztid’s tour bus stopped at a Waffle House in Greenfield, Indiana. Spaniolo and Joseph Bruce became involved in an altercation with a customer causing a fight to break out between the lone customer and all of the bands’ members Months later on June 4, 1998, Twiztid were charged with battery.

When Insane Clown Posse signed with Island Records, they helped get a deal for Twiztid as well. In 1999, Mostasteless was pulled, and re-released on Island with somewhat different track listing. That track listing included brand new songs, but left out tracks such as “Murder Murder Murder” and “She Ain’t Afraid” because of uncleared samples. In his review of the reissued album, Allmusic‘s Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that “[Although] the thought of a group of Insane Clown Posse protégés isn’t exactly inspiring”, the album “may take you by surprise…Mostasteless actually works better than most ICP records,” that “Twiztid often is more convincing than [its] Dark Carnival colleagues,” and concluded that “if you don’t buy into the whole comic bookhorror schtick, Mostasteless…will be irritating, but if you’ve bought into it, you’ll enjoy this record as much, if not more, than most ICP albums.” Mostasteless peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and #149 on the Billboard 200

On October 31, 2000, Twiztid released their second studio album, Freek Show. In his review of the album, Allmusic’s Brad Mills wrote that “this kind of music appeals to a small sector of hip-hop listeners and will probably do well within [its] niche market, but the average hip-hop listener will just have to understand that this is a different kind of album.” The album peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200. Twiztid released their third album Cryptic Collection on November 13, 2000. They released their fourth album, Cryptic Collection Vol. 2 on October 22, 2001. On April 8, 2002, Twiztid released their fifth album, and their first extended play Mirror Mirror. Allmusic reviewer Bradley Torreano praised the EP, writing that “Despite the fact that few outside of the juggalo family will give this a chance, this might be one of the most accurate portrayals of the mood of most unhappy young people in 2002″. Mirror Mirror peaked at #5 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #103 on the Billboard 200. On May 19, 2003, Twiztid released its sixth album and their second EP titled 4 Tha Fam. On July 1, 2003 Twiztid released it’s seventh album and their third studio album, The Green Book. Spaniolo has referred to the album as a “Juggalo favorite”. Allmusic reviewer Rob Theakston panned the album, writing that it “is much, much better than the last ICP card record, but looking at the forest from the trees, that really isn’t saying much anymore.” The Green Book peaked at #2 on the Top Independent Charts and #52 on the Billboard 200. Twiztid released it’s eighth album and their third EP, Fright Fest ’03 during their “Fright Fest Tour”. Twiztid released their ninth album and their third compilation album, Cryptic Collection Vol. 3 on May 18, 2004.

On June 28, 2005, Twiztid released its tenth album and their fourth studio album, Man’s Myth (Vol. 1), the first half of a double album concluding with Mutant (Vol. 2), released the following month. Man’s Myth focuses on the angst of growing up in a lying world, while Mutant deals with the outcome of this upbringing. Allmusic reviewer David Jeffries praised Man’s Myth, writing that “it reaches farther outside the suburban trash world of Psychopathic Records than anything the label has released previously. Twiztid keep growing lyrically too and the album is edited tightly with little filler.”

Man’s Myth peaked at #4 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #62 on the Top Internet Albums chart and the Billboard 200. Mutant peaked at #11 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #80 on the Billboard 200, and #215 on the Top Internet Albums chart. During their “Fright Fest Tour” Twiztid released it’s twelfth album titled, Fright Fest ’05. Twiztid released it’s thirteenth album titled, Cryptic Collection: Halloween Edition in October 2006.

On July 4, 2007, Twiztid released its fourteenth album and their sixth studio album, Independents Day. The album featured guest appearances from rappers signed to independent record labels, such as The Dayton Family, Tha Dogg Pound, Hed PE frontman Jared Gomes, Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko. It also notably features appearances by D12 members Proof and Bizarre. One of the groups members, Eminem, had feuded with Insane Clown Posse. The album peaked at #4 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #9 on the Top Rap Albums chart and #57 on the Billboard 200. In September 2007, the group’s Toxic Terror Tour was cancelled after Methric suffered a torn Anterior cruciate ligament following a car accident, but the tour was booked again in early 2008. Twiztid released it’s fifthteenth album and it’s fourth EP, Toxic Terror.

On March 17, 2009, Twiztid released its sixteenth album and it’s seventh studio album, W.I.C.K.E.D. (Wish I Could Kill Every Day). W.I.C.K.E.D was Twiztid’s highest charting album, peaking at #11 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the Top Rap Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart. During their “End Of Days Tour” to promote W.I.C.K.E.D. they released their seventeenth album and their fifth EP, End Of Days. Twiztid released eighteenth album, Cryptic Collection: Holiday Edition.

Twiztid released it’s nineteenth album and their eighth studio album, “Heartbroken & Homicidal,” released on September 21, 2010.] Twiztid released their twentieth album titled Cryptic Collection Vol. 4 on September 13, 2011. They released their twenty-first album A Cutthroat Christmas EP in December 2011.

Twiztid released their twenty-second album titled Kronik Collection during their “Kaos & Kronik Tour” with Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Big B. On October 22, 2012 Twiztid released their twenty-third and their tenth studio album Abominationz. It featured Insane Clown Posse, and Royce Da 5’9. There are two versions of Abominationz, the Madrox version and the Monoxide version, each containing a different bonus track. On the Monoxide version, the bonus track featured Krizz Kaliko and Glasses Malone.

On October 25, 2012 Juggalo News interviewed Jamie and Monoxide. In the interview, a question was asked about the possibility of either of them releasing more solo albums. Monoxide stated that his solo album is in the works.

On December 12, 2012 the group announced via Twitter and Facebook that they have parted ways with Psychopathic Records.

They then did 3 legs of the Abominationz tour and their first independent EP titled A New Nightmare was released on July 30, 2013. Music videos for the tracks The Deep End (ft. Caskey) and Down With Us were released on their official YouTube channel.

Twiztid released their twenty-fourth album and their sixth EP titled A New Nightmare on July 30, 2013. The album features Blaze Ya Dead Homie, The R.O.C., Anybody Killa and many others. Twiztid released their twenty-fifth album and their first mixxtape titled For Tha Fam Vol. 2 on March 27, 2014. Twiztid released their twenty-sixth album and their seventh EP titled Get Twiztid on April 15, 2014.

On February 7, 2014, at the Days of Dead convention Twiztid held a seminar and announced that they have started their own label. No name has been given yet, they also said the label has already signed some artists, with the only one being announced, Blaze Ya Dead Homie. They said that they are wanting to give aritsts a chance, like they were given, that may not have had that opportunity. It is more than likely the label had already been started in 2013, and was finally announced at the “Days Of Dead Convention”.

Twiztid released their second album since leaving Psychopathic Records, a free mixtape entitled “4 Tha Fam Vol.2” on March 27, 2014. Their third release since leaving Psychopathic Records was an EP entitled “Get Twiztid,” which was released on Twiztid Shop on April 15, 2014 and The Bootleg Banner Tour. In April 2014. Twiztid announced on their Twitter account that they have signed a distribution deal with InGrooves. According to Monoxide Child “There will be no more EP’s after ‘Get Twiztid'”. After only a few shows into Twiztid’s “The Bootleg Banner Tour”, the remaining shows were cancelled. Reasons for the cancellations are unknown, but it has been said that Twiztid was experiencing vocal issues, but Twiztid has not said anything, as reported by In early August 2014 it was announced that Twiztid will be releasing a new album titled The Darkness. On September 12, 2014 InGrooves released it’s upcoming releases for the month of October, and it was announced that Twiztid’s new record label is called Majik Ninja Entertainment and the first release will be Blaze Ya Dead Homie’s release Gang Rags: Reborn on October 21, 2014, though Twiztid is yet to confirm the name of the label. In a recent late September 2014 interview with 411mania, Twiztid did confirm that their label is called Majik Ninja Entertainment. They also stated that one release will be out in 2014 and one in 2015. They said that The Darkness will be out on January 21 or 28th, but those are on Wednesday, so it will probably be out on the 20th or 27th. They also stated that they do have a roster ready to go, as soon as they are ready to release it, which will be sometime before Gang Rags: Reborn is released on October 21, 2014. On October 6, 2014 Twiztid released a short promo video for The Darkness and it will be released on January 27, 2015. As of October 31, 2014, Twiztid has not released the roster for Majik Ninja Entertainment, but have revealed that The R.O.C. is on the label, as well as helping run the label.


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