Twiztid's wicked musical history, explained

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The midwest is home to Devil's Night, the evening before Halloween where, let's say, "mischief" happens to be particularly prevalent. With the unofficial October 30 holiday most closely identified with Detroit, it's only fitting that tonight sees two Michigan-born rap artists known for "the wicked shit" take the stage at the Cabooze. That's right, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child of Twiztid, the group perhaps most known for being the longtime proteges of the Insane Clown Posse, are coming to town for a night of pre-Trick-or-Treat mayhem. While ICP have been far more viral and meme-friendly in recent years, Twiztid have an interesting history as well.

Mr. Bones - "Blam!!!" 1996

The group originated not unlike any other hip-hop start-up. Originally performing under the names Hektic and Mr. Bones, they formed a rap-trio right out of high school named House of Krayzees. After the group called it quits in 1997, the two recorded a demo tape and sent it off to ICP rapper and media darling Violent J who quickly signed the now-duo to a deal with his Psychopathic Records imprint.

Twiztid - "Diemotherfuckerdie" & "Rock the Dead" 1998

In 1998, the group put out Mostasteless on the Psychopathic. After finding independent success, the Posse used their leverage after signing with the newly merged Island/Def Jam to secure a national deal for Twiztid as well. It's interesting to note that, while all of ICP's releases on the label hit store shelves as Island/Def Jam releases, Twiztid's alone bore the traditional Def Jam Records logo.

Twiztid - "We Don't Die" 2000

The duo's sophomore album, Freek Show, dropped on Def Jam on Halloween, 2000. While the group shared their Psychopathic label-mates' penchant for face-paint and bloodshed, the album was comparatively well-received and spawned a minor hit, "We Don't Die," on viewer-controlled video channel the Box. Featuring cameo appearances by Three-6 Mafia and the Bloodhound Gang's Jimmy Pop, it debuted at #51 on the Billboard charts, the group's highest showing until 2009's W.I.C.K.E.D. hit the #9 spot.

Big Money Hustla$ 2000

That same year, the group took a shot at acting in their label's self-produced film Big Money Hustla$. A send-up of Big Ballers-style direct-to-video rap movies, Big Money Hustla$ wound up becoming a cult classic, thanks in part to a surprisingly strong cast including Harland Williams, Rudy Ray Moore, Fred "Re-Run" Berry and Mick Foley.

Twiztid & Royce da 5'9 "Coin Flip Lunatic" 2012

Twiztid's recently released tenth album, AbominationZ, ranks among the group's most musically ambitious. Produced by Michael "Seven" Summers (Tech N9ne, Mac Lethal) it also featured guest appearances from Royce da 5'9, and a special edition that boasts cameos from Krizz Kaliko and Glasses Malone.

Twiztid performs at the Cabooze on Tuesday, October 30 with Hed PE, Lil Wyte and Potluck. All Ages, $25, 5:15 p.m.


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