Lil Twist is a Lil Wayne protege who hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of Drake and Nicki Minaj, and brake out from the enourmous shadow of the Cash Money Records superstar.
While Drake got his big break via his So Far Gone Mixtape and Nicki with blockbuster guest spots alongside Mariah Carey, Ludacris, and Weezy, Twist has a decidely different, er ah, twist on things.
The teen rapper is Lil Wayne's voice and blogger while the rapper is incarcerated.
"He calls me," Twist told MTV News about the WeezyThanxYou.com process. "He lets me know what he wants me to update from time and time. Every time he calls, I update everything he wants. That's my heavy connection to his blog site.
"That's a hard job. But I am that," he continued, taking the title as "Lil Wayne's Voice." "Me and Wayne, we're like brothers. He really took me in. He taught me how to do everything, he taught me the music business. We got a strong brother bond."
Twist, on occasion, has taken over Lil Wayne's @liltunechi Twitter handle and relays messages back and forth between the fans and his boss.
The duty has placed him at the forefront of Lil Wayne's fans and with the spotlight ensconded on the young rapper, he hopes to drop his new project shortly.
What do you think about Lil Twist and his music? Is he's the next YM star? Let us know in the comments or holler at us over on Twitter, @MTVRapFix.com
Fat Joe was the third guest on MTV News' interactive show, "RapFix Live," (following Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa) and the Bronx rapper didn't dissapoint. Joe was controversial, engaging, and delivered the most impromptu moment of the series to date: He and Blink-182's Travis Barker performed together as Joey Crack kicked rhymes to a raw drum beat.
"This that genocide talk/ They killing babies again/ And there's lines around the block/ Like it's the '80s again/ Yeah, the dark side and you don't wanna go to this place/ Where I got special powers/ I could punch a hole through your face," he rhymed.
While Joe dished out plenty of one-liners that drew laughs, the menacing MC also drop some serious words when asked about 50 Cent.
The two rappers have long been at odds, trading barbs on records and in interviews.
According to Fat Joe, at this point, the beef between he and Fif is personal.
Hit the jump to find out why.
Soujla Boy Tell 'Em isn't the most lyrical rapper out, but the multi-platinum artist is endeavoring to improve his skills.
He's gone on record saying he wants to get better and he's revisited material by Jay-Z and Tupac Shakur in hopes of learning from some of the greats.
But is that just savvy marketing talk? Or does the 20-year-old "Pretty Boy Swag" rapper really mean it?
Well, according to him, he's been experimenting in the studio, to the point that he even attempted a spoken work-type of delivery.
Hit the jump, though, to find out why that record won't see the light of day anytime soon.
What do you think about a poetic Soulja Boy record? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us at @MTVRapFix with your thoughts!
It's been a good week for Tech N9ne, the celebrated underground rapper from the Kansas City, Missouri.
First, Lil Wayne shouted him out on Monday during his first prison interview, telling Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex during a phone call that he would like to work with the rapper as a potential collaborator when the Cash Money Records superstar finishes his jail sentence.
"I been saying to myself that I really, really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or my man, I really like my man Tech N9ne," Wayne told Flex.
Then yesterday, Tech N9ne notched the top spot on Billboard's Independent Albums chart with his latest offering, The Gates Mixed Place.
More impressive than those two feats, however, may be these two achievements: Tech N9ne barely missed out on debuting in the top 10 of the "Billboard 200" album chart, which includes all releases, landing at number 13, and in the current issue of XXL, the rapper was covered via a feature story, which is a rare occurance for a hip-hop artist without (one or more of the following:) a big radio smash, major label backing, or a viral online presecene.
Is it safe to say Tech N9ne is the undisputed underground king?
Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us at @MTVRapFix with your thoughts!
We're not NBC, but our Thursday lineup on MTV tonight is definitely "Must See."
Eminem and Kanye West will both debut new videos today (August 5); Em's will air before "Jersey Shore" and 'Ye's will air after the fist pumping ends.
Everyone is already debating which clip will be better, Marco Brambilla's "Power" or Joseph Khan's "Love The Way You Lie."
We say, why can't both of them be great?
Hit the jump, though, to read what some of our MTV.com readers and Twitter peeps have to say about the big night and keep weighing in with us over at @MTVRapFix, hashtag #cypher.
Fat Joe is a born storyteller, from his hardened rhymes about life in the Bronx to his engaging interviews. The guy is a talker.
So it should make for plenty of entertainment when Fat Joe sits next to MTV News' own Sway for the next installment of "RapFix Live." The Terror Squad leader is scheduled to appear on the show this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
"RapFix Live" is MTV News' brand-new interactive live-stream show where artists are interviewed live by Sway in the newsroom and MTV.com viewers are able to ask questions via Twitter and uploaded videos. Fans can tweet @MTVNews with the hashtag #rapfixlive and Sway will wade through questions live to ask Fat Joe during their chat. Viewers can also upload their questions to Your.MTV.com.
The buzz is already building, peep below for some of the questions fans have already tweeted for the next "RapFix Live."
Bun B is practically family to the 1515 Boys. The Port Arthur, Texas is as welcomed to the 29th floor here as any member of the staff. It goes without saying to those that know him that his character is even more impressive than his lyricaly ability.
Today, we all congratulate Bun B on earning a "5 Mic" review from The Source for his forthcoming solo album, Trill OG.
The UGK rapper is the first artist in over 5 years to receive the once insanely coveted recognition, which is still certainly a steep honor to achieve.
Bun B spoke to MTV News over the weekend about his current output, and said veteran artists like himself, Fat Joe, and Big Boi are in a fortunate space in their careers where their experience is helping them to push out classic material.
Hit the jump to read more about Bun B's secrets to success and then comment or tweet us @MTVRapFix with your opinion.
Drake's big break arrived when the Toronto lyricist mastered balancing his Memphis-tinged rap flow with his more delicate R&B delivery. His first mixtape, Room For Improvement, only hinted at the combination and his second set, Comeback Season, pushed the process along further. We all know by know what happened with his third mixtape, So Far Gone; Drake finally fine-tuned his rap/crooning act and established himself as a major force in the hip-hop landscape.
Now, a bonafide star, Drake is tinking with the formula.
His next effort, instead of a proper follow-up to his debut, Thank Me Later, Drake announced he'll release an R&B mixtape to hold fans over til his next album.
He certainly has the singing chops to carry a chorus and he's proved adept as holding his own on duets with Lloyd and The-Dream.
But are you ready to hear him sing full time?
What do you think about an all R&B mixtape by Drake? Is that what you want or do you prefer him rapping? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @MTVRapFix!
Hit the jump to read what Drake has to say about his next mixtape.
This week's Mixtape Daily main pick comes courtesy of the Atlanta brave himself, Donnis.
The upstart MC checked in with Shaheem Reid and Rahman Dukes all the way from Japan, where he delivered the 411 on his latest mixtape, Fashionably Late.
The Tokyo trip was notable for Donnis, a 2010 Hottest Breakthrough MC candidate, because it served as a homecoming of sorts for him; Donnis is an alumnus of the U.S. Airforce and he was stationed in Japan where he tried to kick star his career.
After the jump, peep what Donnis had to say about struggling to break into hip-hop from across the Pacific Ocean and watch his Mixtape Daily segment.
To hear Drake tell it, he's happy with the success of his debut album, Thank Me Later. And why wouldn't he be? The project landed at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and has since sold over 1 million copies. The Toronto MC told MTV News over the weekend during his "OVO Fest," however, that if he could go back and revisit the effort he'd have a few different wrinkles in place.
Hit the jump the find out what changes Drake would have made to Thank Me Later.