Friday, March 17, 9 p.m.
The Redstone Room, 129 Main Street Davenport IA
For their St. Patrick's Day party held in Davenport's Redstone Room, Common Chord and Rocktown Entertainment will co-present a March 17 concert event with headliner Twista, the chart-topping rap and hip-hop artist who once held the Guinness World Records title of fastest English-speaking rapper in the world, being able to pronounce an astounding 598 syllables in 55 seconds.
Born Carl Terrell Mitchell in 1973, Twista grew up in the K-Town area of the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, and began rapping at age 12. In 1992, he released his first album Runnin' Off at da Mouth under the moniker Tung Twista, and the rapper's second album Resurrection was set to be released in 1994, but due to issues including fellow Chicago rapper Common's album of the same name, the recording was only released in Chicago. After dropping the "Tung" from his stage name, 1997's Adrenaline Rush became Twista's first charting album, peaking at number 77 on the Billboard Hot 200 and spawning a Billboard Hot 100 hit in "Get It Wet," produced by the Legendary Traxster. The following year, Twista teamed with other Chicago area rappers to form the Speedknot Mobstaz and release their first album Mobstability, and the artist then formed his own Legit Ballin' label, which released two compilation albums: Legit Ballin' in 1999 and Legit Ballin' Vol. 2: Street Scriptures in 2001.
Beginning in 2002, Twista began recording his album Kamikaze with rappers like Kanye West and Ludacris. Kamikaze came out in 2004 and debuted at the top spot of the American Billboard 200 album chart, with its first single "Slow Jamz" (also featured on Kanye West's debut album The College Dropout) featuring West and Jamie Foxx and becoming a number-one hit of its own. Other singles included "Overnight Celebrity" and "So Sexy" (featuring R. Kelly), the album sold around two million copies, and its singles gave Twista a new level of success and rose his profile significantly within the rap community. Over the two decades since, Twista has delivered another seven studio albums, most recently 2019's Summer 96, and his top-10 hits have included "Girl Tonite," "Wetter," and "Make a Movie," with the albums The Day After and Category F5 landing at the top of the Billboard Rap Album chart.
Twista headlines his March 17 Redstone Room concert with additional sets by guests including Mario Canon, Hariq, Styles DIM, and Daja Marie, and admission to the concert (with doors opening at 9 p.m.) is $45-55, with $75 meet-and-greet VIP tickets available for $75. For more information and reservations, call (563)326-1333 and visit CommonChordQC.org.