Kanye West has always repped Chicago, jolting the careers of hometown heros like Common and Twista in his early 2000s hip-hop ascension.
But when it came time to build his G.O.O.D. Music squadron, it was the former—and not the latter—who was tapped to join. Twista says his suggestion to enlist with 'Ye's crew fell on deaf ears.
"I actually wanted to [sign] at one point, Twista recalls of Kanye's 2008 Graduation era. "But I don’t know what type of vibe Kanye had with me at that time."
The 36-year-old lyricist continues, "I mentioned that I would be getting out of my [Atlantic Records] contract and wondered if he wanted to jump down. But I don’t know, I guess it wasn’t a good idea for him at the time. He should’ve done it. He would’ve had 'Wetter' [Laughs]."
Twista has since signed with EMI, which released last year's Category F5 and is now preparing to drop the followup, The Perfect Storm.
"I wanted to bang people over the head with the eighth album; recapture the creative element I had with Traxster being my producer," he said. "Classic Twista album for the fans."
The project, which includes appearances by Chris Brown, Waka Flocka Flame and Yo Gotti, hits stores on Nov. 9. —John Kennedy