Twista performs at Revolution Friday night.

  • Twista performs at Revolution Friday night.

8 p.m. Revolution. $20 adv., $25 day of.

Chicago rapper Twista has been in the business for more than two decades now. His original handle was Tung Twista, which was appropriate considering how blazingly, mind-blowingly fast this guy can rhyme. Most rappers have to work for years to get as good as he was right out of the gate. Exhibit A is “Mr. Tung Twista,” one of his first singles, from 1991. It’s a vintage nugget of old school hip-hop that showcases a 19-year-old Twista spitting out syllables like a machine gun.

The years haven’t slowed him down, either. In fact, his career really started gathering speed in the mid-’00s. His scene-stealing turn on the 2004 tune “Slow Jamz,” with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, is another notable example. “Do it faster baby, do it faster!” a woman pleads with Kanye. “Damn, baby. I can’t do it that fast, but I know somebody who can.” Cue Twista, who gets the song’s best line: “Lemme get your sheets wet, listenin’ to Keith Sweat.”


Twista’s latest album, “The Perfect Storm,” finds the rapper in fine form, with guest spots from Chris Brown, Waka Flocka Flame, Raekwon, Yo Gotti and others.

Opening the show are Rod D, Mob Money, TGE, 4X4 Crew and Epiphany.