“Talk To Me”- Review of Twista’s Category F5

07.21.09 9 years ago 10 Comments

A category F5 twister is impossible to predict. Though many storms can hit a landscape promising damaging winds, they rarely come through with the anticipated ferocity. After a few storms in Twista’s catalogue that produced little more than a few forgettable showers, the Chi-town spitter is back and unleashing his patented double-time flow the likes of which we haven’t heard since since his breakout LP Kamikaze for his latest tempest of an album Category F5.

Picking up where his famed Adrenaline Rush left off, Buk sets the stage with his thundering, slow voice while Twista mows over everything in his path over a thumping Legendary Traxster beat on “Misunderstood.” The opening half of Category F5 are non-stop fire as Twista resurrects his old self to blast through tracks like “American Gangster” and “Talk To Me.” And the radio gets their cut from the likes of the R. Kelly-assisted “Yellow Light” and OJ Da Juiceman and Gucci Mane providing their signature “trap rap” for Zaytoven’s stimulating “Walking On Ice.”

Not every funnel cloud manages to do damage, however. The album ultimately suffers from a bevy of songs dedicated to the fairer sex. “Birthday” and “On Top” are definite low-points for Category F5. “Billionaire” (featuring Busta Rhymes,) also fails to live up to its star billing. While the thought of Busta and Twista tearing through a track at 100 miles per hour is enough to make a Hip-Hop head spin, “Billionaire” sees the two squander the opportunity by rapping slowly over a cheap “Arab Money” knock-off.

Category F5 works to reach it’s initial intensity with “Hustla” and “Yo Body” (featuring Do Or Die and Johnny P) bringing the album back on track. “Yo Body” particularly utilizes that familar Chicago sound: dripping bass lines, razor-sharp bars and a hook perfect for windows-down riding through the Windy City Southside.

Aside from bland offerings that should have been left on the cutting room floor, stronger tracks with Kanye West and Tech N9ne were also left off due to sample clearing issues and deadlines. Their inclusion on the tracklist in lieu of the over-hashed “love” songs would have made for a much better overall listening experience. Still, Category F5 brings just enough ruckus to warrant a FEMA alert.

Previously Posted — TSS Presents Smoking Sessions With Twista | Twista Feat. Do Or Die – “Yo Body” Video | Twista – “Wetter” Video (Final Version) | Twista – “Birthday” Video | Twista – “American Gangsta” Video

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