Twista Gives Fans A 'Rush' On New Album

Chicago rapper Twista is full of surprises on his upcoming album, "Adrenaline Rush 2007," due Aug. 24 via Atlantic. The project features guest turns by Juelz Santana, Cee-Lo, Jazze Pha, Pharrell, T-Pa

Chicago rapper Twista is full of surprises on his upcoming album, "Adrenaline Rush 2007," due Aug. 24 via Atlantic. The set, titled after his debut album, 1997's "Adrenaline Rush" ("I want to let [them] know Twista is still the same," he says of the title choice), not only features guest turns by Juelz Santana, Cee-Lo, Jazze Pha, Pharrell, T-Pain and R. Kelly, but also Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

The collaborative track "We Ain't No Hoes" marks the second time Twista and Bone Thugs have joined forces since a public feud. "A lot of people thought we had some stuff going on at one point, but this track is letting peeps know we're good," Twista tells Billboard.com. "Ain't no way you could f*ck with the fantastic four," he proclaims on the track.

Twista says he's slowing things down a bit on the album, a curious development for the fast-spitting MC. "I'm not necessarily slowing down my words. I'm finding methods to still be as animated as I've always been, but blend with the times," he explains. "I have to grow with the times and be effective in other ways than just animation."

Songs like the piano-laced, R. Kelly-produced "Love Rehab" is a testament to that approach. The Middle Eastern-sounding "La Di Da," which sports a woman's voice repeating the title over a thumping bass line and sporadic gun shots, features the chopped-and-screwed sound throughout.

On tracks like "I Ain't That N*gga" ("I ain't a player, but in my city b*tches holler at me like I'm the mayor," he rhymes) and the drum-based "Charged," Twista says he "kept it more hood. There are a lot more street songs on this album that previous," he adds. "That's what 'Adrenaline Rush' was -- me in the hood full of dreams of making it. I felt like I got slightly away from that with my last album. On this album, the adrenaline rush is the same."

However, the most out-of-the-box song on "2007" is the Tight Mike-produced "Pimp Like Me," in which Twista introduces Chicago's juke music, a blend of hip-hop and double-speed house music. "It's like our version of the Bay Area hyphy movement," says Twista, who says the song may be released as a single.

The upcoming album is the follow-up to 2005's "The Day After," which has sold 495,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.