Twista Addresses Chicago’s Problem With Violence in New Documentary

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By Chris Yuscavage

Unlike some of Twista’s lightning-fast rhymes, the message behind a new documentary put together by the motormouthed MC comes across loud and clear: Enough is enough.

Though he just released his eighth album, The Perfect Storm, last week, the Chicago-bred rapper is already looking forward to his next project—a flick called Mr. Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista that will hit the streets December 7 and feature Twista reflecting back on his career and taking a closer look at the violence that has plagued his hometown over the course of the last few years.

“Our city is in trouble right now with 52 people shot in one weekend in July alone,” he says at one point during the documentary. “In April, there were even talks about having the National Guard come out and take to our streets…It’s hard for a lot of people out there right now and nobody can help make it easier for Chicago’s neighborhoods except for the people who live in it.”

The Windy City rapper goes on to cite other specific stats about the increased violence in the city and also calls on his hometown to unite in order to “make it safer for the older people who’s been living in these neighborhoods for years.”

Directed by Vlad Yudin—the same guy who put together a documentary about Big Punisher’s career back in 2008 called Big Pun: The Legacy—the video will also examine how Twista went from earning a spot on the local Chicago rap scene in the early 1990s to landing in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992 as the world’s fastest MC to later enjoying commercial success alongside fellow Chi-Town rhymers Kanye West and Common. But the brunt of the 90-minute documentary will be spent analyzing the violent culture that exists in Chicago and talking about what needs to be done in order to end it.

“It’s never too late to take back our streets,” he says at one point. “And when we do, it’s gonna only make it easier for everybody.”

In other words, he’s had enough. Who’s with him?