Red Bull’s New York office was bustling with producers, writers, and affiliates eager to listen to the 15-minute playthrough EP, Lifetime — a fresh release from the Chicago veteran, Twista.

The 5-track hip-hop project and its’ correlating behind the scenes footage were recorded alongside Red Bull Songs and Red Bull Studio Sessions. Over a 3-day studio stretch, the genre-fusing melodies inspired an elevated vulnerability in the MC. 

Lifetime serves as Twista’s first-ever collaborative effort, placing Red Bull Music’s songwriters and team pen to pen with the legend on wax. And after nearly three decades of lyrical adroitness, Twista exists within the evolving culture transmitting the same vigor he delivered on his ’92 debut LP, Runnin’ Off at da Mouth. Beyond a surplus of artistic accolades and a Guinness World Record title as the fastest rapper in the world (for pronouncing 598 syllables in 55 seconds), Twista continues to pay it forward.

Just this month, in his beloved Chicago, the rapper launched MAPS, a program dedicated to educating youth on the inner workings of the entertainment industry. Enlisting a bevy of rap power players, MAPS’ impact gears up its’ conspirators and founder for the next tier of their legacies: community. The Knockturnal sat down with Twista to discuss the importance of creative safe-havens, why rappers should feel comfortable joining forces through composition, and how Lifetime is representative of just that to him. Become acquainted with Twista’s latest endeavors now. 

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About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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