On TV: Ludacris, Twista, Kanye West

Rap acts on television this week include Kanye West, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday and ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show’ on Thursday; Lloyd Banks, who appears on ‘106 and Park’ on Monday; Bow Wow, who appears on ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show’ on Monday, ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ on Tuesday, and ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday; Nappy Roots, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Tuesday; Ludacris, who appears on ‘TRL’ on Thursday; Lil Flip and Young Rome, who appear on ‘106 and Park’ on Thursday; and Twista, who appears on ‘TRL’ on Friday.

Lyrics Get Twista Booted Off City Stages

The Birmingham News reports Twista was dropped from City Stages’ lineup Thursday (March 25), hours after Jefferson County commissioners threatened to withhold $200,000 from the festival. All five commissioners agreed at a Thursday morning meeting that they would not provide public money for the festival on Father’s Day weekend if it booked Twista. They cited lyrics in his songs they said were anti-woman and racially insensitive.

Twista Proves He’s Worth The Hype Of Late

Matthew Lurie of the Chicago Tribune reviewed Twista’s show at House of Blues on January 27th. He writes, “What’s remarkable about Twista, both live and on record, is not just the speed of his delivery but the ever-surprising clarity of diction and enunciation. In fact, the biggest response of the evening came during the martyr fantasy, ‘Kill Us All,’ when Twista offered the crowd A/B comparisons with half-speed deliveries and then normal deliveries. It was clear that Twista is aware both of the thrill most people have in hearing him spit, and the occasional thrill they get when they can follow all the words. But Tuesday night was as much a well-deserved celebration of a hometown boy done good as it was an actual hip-hop show.”

Twista Debuts At Number 1 With ‘Kamikaze’

Twista 'Kamikaze' album cover

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Twista is the original fast-tongued emcee who has been an underground staple for years in the hip-hop industry. This week with the release of his first solo album in nearly seven years, Twista tops the Soundscan/Billboard Top 200 charts with ‘Kamikaze’. Twista’s ‘Kamikaze’ has pushed more than 312,000 units in its first week of being released nearly tripling the sales of the #2 ranked album. The album has also simultaneously debuted at #1 on the SoundScan/Billboard ‘Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums’ chart. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.

Twista Performs At S.O.B.’s

Damon Dash, Kanye West, and Knoc-turn’al were on hand as Twista performed at S.O.B.’s on Wednesday (January 21) in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.

Twista Performs On TRL

Twista performed on MTV’s Total Request Live on Wednesday (January 21) at MTV Studios in Times Square, New York City. Check out pictures from his visit at WireImage.

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