Twista is getting ready to drop his first album since 2010 and recently offered some insight into the meaning the album’s title, ‘Dark Horse,’ saying that it was inspired by underdogs such as Olympic athlete Gabby Douglas. The rapper also offered his take on rumors that Nas may not have written his ‘Untitled’ album and says he simply doesn’t think it makes a difference one way or the other.
According to Twista, his upcoming album is all about the unexpected success he’s experienced over the course of his career. “Really, ‘Dark Horse’ represents the person you least expect to win to come out on top. Like, the girl who won in the Olympics, the Gabby girl [Gabby Douglas], that was a dark horse, someone you wouldn’t expect to win. I just feel like with me doing my thing and being so laid back sometimes, people don’t expect to see me go so hard when it’s time to deliver the music. That’s what ‘Dark Horse’ represents,” Twista told MsDramaTV.
Twista also offered his opinion on ghostwriting in hip hop explaining simply that it’s just always happened and added that some of the most famous rappers have used lyrics penned by someone else. “Hip hop started with artists who didn’t write their lyrics. If you study back and look at the first rap songs that came out, some of the rappers didn’t write lyrics some of their songs. I know there are songs, like LL [Cool J] helped MC Lyte write certain songs, or this person helped this person. Always in hip hop that’s has been going on. Biz Markie has songs from Big Daddy Kane so that’s always been going on in hip hop,” said Twista.
As far as recent rumors that Nas may have relied on ghost writers, Twista simply doesn’t think it matters when you consider Escobar’s body of work. “I don’t believe that Nas didn’t write some of that album. But with Nas’ lyrical ability, why would you even care if he got someone to write him a song,” said Twista.