Twiztid Discuss "A New Nightmare" Album & Reception By Mainstream Hip Hop

Exclusive: Monoxide and Madrox confirm Swollen Members and Blaze's hand on this month's upcoming album. They also praise Tech N9ne-affiliate Seven as "the most talented beat-creator in the game."

Over the weekend, Warren, Michigan Hip Hop duo Twiztid spoke with HipHopDX about their upcoming eleventh album, A New Nightmare. In conjunction with the premiere of the "Screaming Out" video, DX asked Madrox and Monoxide about their place in the mainstream Hip Hop and media, after over 15 years of albums.

Photo by Jason Shaltz.

"It's true. We don't get the same treatment [as other artists], but that's because we took a different route than most and I believe that when the masses, media, or entertainment, in general have nothing to do with your success and or creation they tend to ignore it," said Monoxide, who released his own Top 200 solo debut, Chainsmoker, in 2004. He continued, "We have charted higher on the [Top 200] on every single release. We have headlined our own tours for a minute and every time we go out there's more and more people. I ain't talking a couple hundred in a couple cities; I'm talking thousands across the country. Our merch numbers alone are unbelievable and the scary part of it all is that you've never heard of us. Never any major video, or radio play and we've still sold over 1,000,000 CDs. All by staying true to ourselves regardless of what is accepted. We like [Air Jordan shoes] and cars and bitches as much as the next person, but we also loved Horror movies, comic books, and other stuff like that. Instead of talking about what everyone else is talking about, we created a different lane. And for some reason it's just not as noticed or accepted by most media."

Madrox added that he appreciates the support from Twiztid fans, but wants the bigger stage than many other veteran Rap acts are privy to. Despite the fact that the group has worked with DJ Quik, Tech N9ne and Tha Dogg Pound, the group often lacks recognition among those group's devoted supporters. "It's a Catch 22 or double-edged sword scenario, as we feel blessed to have the dedicated following that we do, it doesn't get us all the glitz and glam that the big-dog Hip Hop artists do. With that core following we are able to successfully go out and hit the road and gratefully play packed venues and healthy audiences each and every night. Because of our dedicated following, we are also proud to say that our releases do very well too. We have debuted in Billboard Top 100 with almost all of our current music offerings and nowadays, in this botched up industry, that is definitely something to be proud of. On the flipside—would we like to have our songs be featured in commercials for phone companies and computers etc. and be recognized by our musical peers? I guess so. Sure, it would be massive to play ['SNL'] and music award ceremonies so that more listeners who are searching for us or our sound can find us and they can join our ever growing family, but I realize that having your cake and eating it too is an age old concept that keeps a person or entertainers in this sense centered and humbled."

The duo was also asked about Michael "Seven" Summers, the Kansas City, Missouri-based producer who worked with them extenisively on 2011's  Ambominationz. Monoxide praised Seven, who is largely known for his work on Tech N9ne albums over the last 10-plus years. "For me, [Seven] is the most talented beat-creator in the game. He can do anything from any genre but he is at his best in my opinion when he uses real instruments. Our chemistry on the sound of Twiztid was immediate. He has always been on the right page for us. The stuff he's doing for the next big Twiztid release is ridiculous. I am honored to work with that kind of talent."

Madrox echoed those sentiments. "[Seven's] production efforts are like our skill set in the respect that both keep evolving and becoming more and more superior with each and every product released. Seven is like the Scott Storch or Timbaland of the underground. His ability to take our ideas or musical concepts that we conversate with him about and turn them into the exact beat we are needing is part of his sheer creative genius and absolutely breathtaking. We are honored to work with him for sure and plan on working together on future albums as well. Seven is a strong fixture in our ever growing sound, he rounds out our team nicely. With him and the addition of Eric Davie, and the legendary Joe Strange you can look for our over all sound to evolve as it always has, but from here on out it will become more deep and rich with the focus on making everything we do from this point on nothing but quality."

Monoxide provided some details on July 30's A New Nightmare album. "It's just letting everyone know nothing's changed but the address. Hopefully it holds everyone over while we work on the next national Twiztid release, but you know how folks are. They want new new new. We brought some of our favorite people to collab with e.g. Blaze [Ya Dead Homie], R.O.C., as well as some we wanted to work with like Caskey, Jelly Roll and Swollen Members but I don't want to give all the surprises away," he said.

With Mon' not revealing all the personnel, Madrox alluded to addition features. "There are a lot of guests on A New Nightmare—we have legends, fam favorites, up-and-comers, and artists that we are flat out fans of. I think the outcome of these collaborations will go down in history for being some of the sweetest tracks your ears will hear all year... granted that you take the time to listen to the ablum of course. [Laughs] I completely understand that nowadays so much good music is wasted sitting on shelves in music stores due to a lack of knowledge that it's there waiting for a set of willing ears to hear it. We have been there and done that. Thanks to a new digital age things are looking brighter than ever for us. We still want to keep the physical CD alive, but understand it's only a matter of time before it creeps to the great music format graveyard to join the likes of the eight-track, the record, and cassette."

A New Nightmare is in stores on July 30.

RELATED: Twiztid - "Screaming Out" [VIDEO]

50 Comments

  • Frizzle

    Damn mang hope that Necro collab eb on the new album

  • Anonymous

    Without Twiztid, Psychopathic Records is a fucking graveyard. Who they got now? Blaze and ABK? Shaggyy 2 Dope's Chief-Keef-As-An-Adult ass? Twiztid got out while the fucking getting was good, they can do way better without Psy's cheap fucking videos and shoddy merch

    • MEMPHIS10-901

      as much as i dont care for the record label cause i really can careless about ICP.. but they got The Dayton Family... Now thats DOPE

  • Anonymouse

    FUCK YOU TWIZTID .. go suck Tech N9nes dick

  • Anonymous

    Twiztid was long ago spotted by the mainstream eye, and they could easily have become "accepted" but thankfully they choose to retain their integrity and artistic vision in too many cases. I hope that never changes... but I can understand yearning for the recognition you so long deserved. Tech N9ne is really just getting his, after like two decades. I feel he made that transition without looking like a being a cheesyass sellout, or compromising his sound. I hope Twiztid can do this for themselves also. Just never forget where you came from guys.

  • Anonymous

    i like twister fries from burger king

  • Anonymous

    THERE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO DETROIT HIP HOP LISTEN TO APOLLO BROWN

  • Anonymous

    twisted can go suck icps dick the mainstream will never accept them

  • zxsss9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9hj8Qi7ed8

  • J dirty

    Why would Twiztid waste there time with this site?..Aint shit here but a buncha YM/Odd future shitty rap fans

  • Audrey

    Twiztid is the shit

  • 7HY7U

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO3gO9PxVPo

  • jasonnn

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzUTprEuD7o

  • Fucki

    Twiztid sold out. Fuck them.

  • uncleduke

    I been bumpin these guys since they were in House of Krazees. These guys get pounds of respect in the hood for real. I love these guys, always have. Their debut album MOSTASTELESS was thugged out and is pure classic just like Illmatic is. thats a big statement coming from me. They just needa lose the face paint and go back to the thugged out image. I like ICPs face paint for the gimmick but the twiztid face paint is gay.

  • bree

    I am so glad Twiztid got outta ICP's shadow. Don't get me wrong, I know and love a lotta juggalo's and lettes but Twiztid has always been so much more than that scene. Abominationz was the shit and I can't wait for this new album. So much love for these guys.

    • Anonymoose

      fuck Twiztid, these faggots are trying their hardest to get all these mainstream fans .. it's fucking disgusting

  • SHEWOLF0

    I love that Twiztid is now independant and on there own. Seams to be enabling them to expand there fan base and now they can expand there popularity as well. I can imagine seeing them in a movie or hearing a song, or seeing them in a commercial... Now that'd be legit. Life is about evolution and change throughout your whole life. If you stop changing, you stop evolving and stop discovering yourself. I welcome this. I love Twiztid. I think they will ALWAYS be The Demented duo who is loyal to there fans and we should trust that they will, no matter what,stay TWIZTID. Much Love to them and to the Fam, ALWAYS! :)

  • Seth

    Everything Twiztid does is fresh! All these hate comments piss me off. They're right, people don't like it just because their music's real and requires thought, unlike mainstream stuff that's all about clubs, money & partying.

  • JRich

    Only guys ever affiliated with Psychopathic that don't totally suck. Might actually check out their shit now that they left

  • thisguy

    I've been a fan of these guys since I was a kid but really don't identify as a juggalo. House of Krazees was actually a pretty talented underground Detroit area horrorcore group. Then they became Twiztid, released a pretty dope debut album and then a bunch of cheesy juggalo B.S. after that. You could really see ICP's influence was bringing them down and, judging from interviews, you could tell they were getting fed up with it by the end of their time with that label. Their lyrical skill did get progressively better along with their production though. This new track is a decent sign of things to come. I'm excited to see what these guys have to say outside of the juggalo bullshit because, honestly, that is when they are at their best.

  • Anonymous

    i liked the new video but the old ones posted in here not so.

  • Anonymous

    twiztid iz real nigguz

  • Anonymous

    only tech can paint his face

  • John Doe

    You don't like Twiztid THEN FUCK OFF, YOU DONT LIKE GOOD RAP!!! I FUCKS WITH U TWIZTID.

  • Anonymous

    these guys whack fuck the juggelos

    • John Doe

      You a fool you dumb mutha fucka, these guys have seen more money than your bitch ass will ever! They already have a big underground following and haters like you are only fueling there success you bitch muther fucker

    • Anonymous

      cuz im not going to let these guys see mainstream money

    • eastside ninja

      if you don't like juggalos then why bother posting? I dislike lil wayne but im not on a post about him talking trash. So fuck you get a life.

  • Paul Preacha-P

    TWIZTID been around since fucksticks were trying to learn how to spell swag. before your heard of swag, before so-called thugs started trap. We were here before and will be after TRUST THAT! MUCH LOVE TO DX FOR DOING A GOOD PIECE SHEDDING POSITIVE LIGHT IN A BITCHMADE INDUSTRY

  • hip hop is white

    white boy wiggas ruined A whole culture called hip hop. Sad.

    • Anonymous

      this guy is just trolling, dont feed him.

    • Rob Dirty

      saddest part is dumb fucks like you think you know something when twiztid been around way before your mainstream fucking garbo crap rap fucking loser go find some friends. MMCL Family Lo since 95

    • john doe

      You a BITCH fa dat one!

    • Bigirishjuggalo

      LOL Twiztid has been doing this for over 15 years. You would never have even known about them if they didn't pop up on here... and they call us white boys racist... pitiful. Guess it's not racist though cause they're white?

  • gimik

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Twiztid stays winning. HATE ON HATERS. More whiteboys....RACISM at its finest. Don't be mad "whiteboys" got more skill and heart and realness then your favorite bitch on the radio.

  • Doubl Negative

    Great, more white boys.

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