Thursday, May 28, 2009

Throwback Thursdays: Twista feat. Kanye West - Overnight Celebrity (2004)

Remember this guy? The guy who rapped really fast from Chicago? He was pretty popular for a few seconds there, wasn't he? Remember that??

For whatever reason, from 2003 to maybe 2005, Twista was one of the biggest names in hip-hop. I'm not sure where it all started (probably with this record), but it seemed like he was everywhere, from his songs being smash hits to him being featured on other people's records. Kinda weird, considering that he dropped his debut album all the way back in 1992. For some historical significance, that's two years before Illmatic and Ready to Die came out.

So like I said, the guy got popular out of nowhere, most likely due to the Kanye West cosign. Speaking of Mr. West, I remember there being rumors that Twista was going to sign with Roc-A-Fella. (This is back when Roc-A-Fella still existed and people gave a damn about record labels.) He was featured on this Roc conglomerate song, spit a bar about being on the label on this record, and can even be seen wearing the Roc logo chain in the video featured above. Needless to say, he never ended up on the label, and no one really knows why. It can be assumed that his impending signing got screwed up due to Roc-A-Fella breaking up.

The hip-hop violinist, Miri Ben-Ari, was also featured in this video. I would call it her "big break," but I don't remember seeing much of her again after this. She was featured on a bunch of tracks from College Dropout, but there wasn't many hits for her past that. On the bright side, I saw her perform for halftime at a Heat game once, and that was pretty cool.

Did anybody else notice Da Brat in this video? What was she doing there? And why is she always dressed like a dude? Unbeknownst to most, she's actually kinda bad when she decides to look like a woman.

Also, if you guys needed any proof that this video qualifies as a throwback, notice that he is wearing a chinchilla coat. God forbid someone actually wore one of those today. That's, like, soooo 2004.

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