“I wanna put London on the map properly because the only rapper from England that seriously convinced the Americans to accept him was Slick Rick and that was before I was even listening to rap, (Twizzle laughs) and I know if I was given the chance I could make them know that there are rappers in London that could give these US rappers a run for their money, and you’re talking to one of them right now!”
Twizzle just turned 18 in February this year - still so young but his lyrics and swagger take him well ahead of his years.
Born and raised in West London, Twizzle joined an all boys’ school where he was introduced to rapping and music. After listening to various artists like Jay Z, Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and others, he started writing his own rhymes and he soon became ‘Mr Popular’ as the teachers would often call him, but all the attention directed Twizzle down the wrong path and into the street life.
At 14 Twizzle started recording songs and guesting on pirate radio stations, and his name began ringing bells all over West London. He entered an annual rap competition called ‘Who’s Got West on Lock’ and won even though he was competing against boys older than him. He won again the following year. But as his underground career was on the rise, he was arrested for intent to supply and found himself in a young offenders’ unit at the tender age of 16.
This was the wake up call Twizzle needed, and when he was released he started meeting with a well established manager and independent record label who put him in the studio, and helped him release his ‘Str8 out the Jar’ mixtape in 2008. Those that heard the tape were extremely impressed with his wordplay, lyrical content and tight flow.
And now here is his first single, ‘Skydiving’. Produced by Benji who works with other artists including Mr Hudson (signed to Kanye West), the link is tight and the music they’ve started making, it’s out of this world.
Twizzle’s debut is not your typical UK Hip Hop record. With its tight verses and nitrous chorus it definitely stands out from the crowd. With its production values firmly focused across the pond, all those that have heard it have been impressed. Check the Greenmoney mix, which pushes the track into the club.
A confident Twizzle says he is going to put London on his back and take it to the top this year if that’s the last thing he does. He just wants the whole world to listen to his music and hear his London story. Even though he’s at such a young age, he has seen and been through a lot in a short space of time.
Twizzle is definitely the UK Hip Hop artist to look out for in 2009.
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