The dastardly duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child (born Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric) known as the horror-filled rap duo Twiztid are surprising veterans, muddying the waters through of brand of music that at times experienced seething levels of vitriol from the music industry. In the late 1990s, the two transitioned from their previous project House of Krazees into this new incarnation they called Twiztid, which was pretty much their last ditch effort to make it in this music game. It worked and their 1997 release Mostasteless on Psychopathic Records would mark of a new beginning for the duo and they are still holding on twenty years later.
The idea of new beginnings is something not lost on anyone looking for longevity in their careers and that has been the core of Twiztid’s story since they left their longtime home at Psychopathic Records, marked by the release of The Darkness in 2015 on their own imprint Majik Ninja Entertainment. Since then, they’ve built a deep label roster including old friends like The R.O.C., Blaze Ya Dead Homie, and Boondox and new faces like Lex The Hex Master, G-Mo Skee, and Young Wicked. The new beginning is not just about them, it’s about creating an entity that’s viable for them and their artists for the next twenty years.
The next chapter in the story of Twiztid comes with their new album The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s (pronounced “life’s question marks”), which isn’t so much thematic in its entirety, but more so tackling how to deal with the unknown in all of our lives and leaving everything open to their own interpretations. The labels and stigmas in society are life’s question marks and each song serves as a way to understand it all. “It’s the shit that our listeners go through in their everyday lives, everyday human shit,” explains Monoxide Child. “People have told us that it’s impressive that after the fact of listening to our records how they all happen to somehow mimic or respond to the time around them in which they were released. We are conscious of our surroundings and we’re always conscious of being relevant and not being too far behind.”
It’s with The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s that Twiztid has shown their progress, with glimpses that date back to points of their past while pushing the envelope into a new generation. “We’re always learning and we’re always sharpening our pencils and upping our game,” explains Jamie Madrox. “We always setting standards for ourselves that sometimes that are so great that we can’t even reach our standards because me and Paul have such high expectations for what we do. I think that’s why the best in us always comes out of our products because we always challenge ourselves and push ourselves to not just do the same record with a different cover.”
Twiztid does not stand on their past laurels. They are honest that part of their current fan base might not be completely familiar with their early work, so listening to their audience has been key to continuing to make quality material that holds up with the music that got them here, but still coming from a place a total creative freedom. “We did go places we wanted to go,” says Jamie Madrox about the new album. “It’s just that that we realized that there are more places we wanted to go. There is a little something for everybody on this record, which is really cool. We really covered the playing field. If it was roulette, me and Monoxide had chips on half lines across the board. When you hear your song, you’re going to know.”
Throughout this journey under Majik Ninja Entertainment, Twiztid took the lessons from their past with Psychopathic Records and created this new universe, implementing the aspects that worked for them and shying away anything that was toxic. Building a successful universe isn’t about yourself, but also making sure there is a foundation for a community that includes your fellow artists and your audience. With only a couple years into the Majik Ninja Entertainment era, not only have they been able to grow themselves, but Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child feel they have been able to break other artists under their umbrella. “Since we started this, you can look at the roster now. We’ve grown in volumes,” says Jamie Madrox. “All the knowledge that we learn, not only are we putting that back into Twiztid, but we’re able to put that into these new up-comers that we’re bringing to the foreground that will end up ultimately being the new face of music for the next 10-15 years.”
With the release of their eleventh studio album The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child have no plans to slow down. It’s the culmination of their life’s work and testament that they still have the creative juices flowing through them. “Look, we’re still doing it,” states Jamie Madrox. “If we bring somebody to our label, we believe in them that much that we foresee them in our sight being the biggest thing 10-15 years from now still going strong just how we would be.”
When it comes down to it, this album is an album free of any preconceived notions or obligation, and honest in its inception. “We made a record honestly for once for Jamie and Paul, explains Jamie Madrox. “This is how we felt when we recorded the songs. These are the songs that make us smile, cry, laugh, whatever. They are the evolution of us.”
Twiztid new album “The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s” is out via Majik Ninja Entertainment on January 27th. Twiztid’s official album release party will be at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on Friday, January 27th with G-Mo Skee and Gorilla Voltage along with a short tour called “The Eat Your Heart Tour” in February. For more information on Twiztid, visit twiztid.com.
Also, in case you missed it, here is the Twiztid interview from the Fresh is the Word Podcast.
In this episode they cover a lot of freshness happening right now in the Underground world. They cover topics such as the new album dropping January 27th 2017, The Continuous Evilution of Life’s Question Marks, they talk about getting Jamie on a chopper track, #TwiztidTatTueday and #FamArtFriday, Jamie even mentions Twiztid doing a cover for the Nirvana track “Come as you are”!
You have to listen to this freshness !
Below I included the FEARCast post on the actual website so u can stay up to date in the world of Majik Ninja Entertainment.
FEARCast 82 – Jamie Madrox of TWIZTID
FEAR & J have the amazing opportunity to chat with Jamie Madrox of TWIZTID!
** Released to Patreon 1.16.17 **
In this episode we talk about:
– Twiztid’s new album “The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s”
– Breaking it down and stripping away the labels
– Doing the music that they want, no walls
– The Juggalo culture, being an escape for people
– Been in the game a long time, still hungry
– If you aren’t pushing yourself, maybe Prince wouldn’t have written Purple Rain
– Believe in your product, don’t put out shit!
– Let’s get Jamie on a Chopper track!
– Let’s talk Wrestling
– #TwiztidTatTuesday & #FamArtFriday
– Rocking the shit outta the hotline!
– Bring back the Purple Show!
– Kid’s Interviewing Bands
– 10 Cloverfield Lane, Horror Remakes and nostalgia
– Ghostbusters 3?
– James Wan & The Duffer Bros “gets it”
– Go GO POWER RANGERS!!
– The Juggalo March…
– Life after Psychopathic
– Majik Ninja Entertainment taking over 2017!
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