Big Twins - Grimey Life (Album)
Queensbridge Rap Stalwart Turns Pain to Triumph with His Latest Opus
Twins lets his mission statement ring loud and clear on opening track "Focus" when he packs so much emotion and rawness into these rhymes: "More focused than I ever been/ I went through wars, had to get it in/ Almost sprayed with the Mack-10/ But the shit jammed, I start laughin'/ Old fashioned, that's why I'm still alive/ I don't wanna see my brother on the other side/ Maybe one day, but not yet…"
Armed with his trademark raspy voice, Twins lets it all unravel with brutal honesty and, just as important, impeccable beat selection. His ear for production has been on another level for years, something he says the late Prodigy acknowledged before he passed. "He was talking to me about his next album and he wanted me to pick all the beats," Twins remembers (P appears on the great "Loyalty Over Love," which is Twins' favorite track on the album).
Fittingly, longtime collaborator The Alchemist appears with the haunting production on "Phantom of the Opera" ("That's my brother, we motivate each other," Twins says), while L.A. beatsmith Knxwledge helped make "Memories" into the standout it became. Twins, who is joined by Havoc on the track, had the bones of "Memories" created but couldn't find the right beat—until, of course, he met Knx and he heard the angelic, percussion heavy production you hear on the song.
Other guest features include the likes of Ty Nitty and Godfather Pt. 3 (his former Infamous Mobb partners), Ras Kass, LMNO, Planet Asia, Big Noyd, and others, while the other producers include Jaisu, DJ Skizz, DJ B. Original, Beatnick Dee, and Twiz The Beat Pro (who released TNT with Twins in 2016).
There's a lot to love and unpack on Grimey Life, and like Twins alluded to earlier, it's only the beginning. The 15 track LP is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming outlets through Twins' own imprint, Drumset Music Works via EMPIRE. CD and vinyl will be available as well in limited quantities.
01. Focus (feat. Chinky) [prod. by Denny]
02. Loyalty over Love (feat. Prodigy) [prod. by DJ B. Original]
03. Phantom of the Opera (prod. by The Alchemist)
04. Legacy (feat. Godfather Pt. 3 & Ty Nitty) [prod. by Jaisu]
05. Silent Murder (feat. Godfather Pt. 3 & Ty Nitty) [prod. by Twiz the Beat Pro]
06. Memories (feat. Havoc) [prod. by Knxwledge]
07. Cut off My Right Hand (prod. by Jaisu)
08. Seven Fifteen (feat. LMNO) [prod. by Beatnick Dee]
09. We Mobbin (feat. Ras Kass, Foul Monday & Godfather Pt. 3) [prod. by Beatnick Dee]
10. Infamous Chain Rap (feat. Godfather Pt. 3, Planet Asia & TriState) [prod. by Twiz the Beat Pro]
11. Winners Circle (feat. Riggs, Beanz, Sean Rosati, SmooVth & Hus Kingpin) [prod. by M.Staxx]
12. Vision (feat. RJ Payne) [prod. DJ Skizz]
13. Bullet (feat. Meaner & Big Noyd) [prod. by DJ Wool]
14. Man Down (feat. Ruste Juxx) [prod. by DJ Wool]
15. I'm Different (prod. by DJ B. Original)
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