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Madrox and Monoxide, the mindsick masterminds behind Twiztid, have always been driven by impulse. Some might say compulsion. Still others might call it a “homicidal tendency” or “clear case of insanity,” but the jury’s still out on that one. Literally. In fact, that’s all that the lawyers will let us say about that.
Uncovering the truth of Twiztid’s early days depends on who you ask, which personality is in control, and which law enforcement agency you represent. Some speculate their first performance on the stage of life was in a petri dish at a science lab. Other sources claim a history of abandonment, rejection, and social isolation, but those are the boring sources. All fingers seem to point at Detroit’s east side, but any real records from that area have been destroyed or confiscated as evidence. Their earliest sightings are scattered but consistent: they usually involve microphones, and they all involve terror, confusion, and an almost hypnotic crowd reaction. And there’s usually a good beat. No matter what incidents or influences explain the origins of Twiztid, one thing is certain: their faces ain’t the only thing they’re hiding.
These are the facts as they can be traced: The duo came out of high school right into Detroit’s emerging underground rap scene. It was the early days of the “horrorcore” genre, which would invade hip-hop as “The Wicked Shit,” and they fit right in. They paid their deadly dues in several recording and performing groups, and one of them got noticed by another act making waves in the Wicked well; ICP thought Madrox and Monoxide would be a natural fit for Psychopathic Records—like the belt on a chainsaw, or an ax in a wound.
Madrox and Monoxide hooked up with the Psychopathic crew, and within the orgy of violence, volume, and face-paint that is “The Label That Runs Beneath the Streets,” Twiztid were conceived. Psychopathic cooked up a promotional campaign that was equal parts insane and innovative to introduce Twiztid to the world. It saw Twiztid behind safety glass in straightjackets at autograph signings. Twiztid wheeling ICP on dollies into events, Hannibal Lecter style. Twiztid in a bloody padded room on the cover of Alternative Press magazine. Twiztid on the Main Stage of the first ever Gathering of the Juggalos music festival (now on its tenth year). The fans were feelin it, like Ritalin kids off their meds, and Twiztid were established as figureheads in the Juggalo world.
Since their debut, Twiztid have released eight full-length albums, plus a maniacal myriad of compilations, collections, EPs, solo albums and side projects. Their other accomplishments include: Being invited by the G4 Network to perform on Freestyle 101. Being awarded “Album Cover of the Week” on VH1.com. Recording alongside Three 6 Mafia on the multi platinum album “When the Smoke Clears.” Appearing as playable characters in, and on the soundtrack of, the “Backyard Wrestling” Playstation Game. Playing the comic relief in the platinum selling DVD movie “Big Money Hustlas.” Radio interviews on the Howard Stern and Mancow shows. Appearing in WWE storylines.
Their genre-defining, moral-defiling album W.I.C.K.E.D. dropped with killer extras like a comic book, music video DVD, bonus tracks, and autographed, collectible trading cards! Not too bad for two Detroit guys whose daytime fantasy involves a roll of duct tape, a circular saw, and a music critic. The album performed above all expectations, much to the chagrin of the mainstream music industry. It debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200, #4 on the Top Rap Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
After W.I.C.K.E.D. came Heartbroken & Homicidal in September 2010. It was a musical odyssey through the bitterness, hate, and malice a person becomes engrossed in while suffering the loss and rejection accompanying everyday life. Twiztid have built their career on horror and what could be more heinous than the real heartache and agony that so many people are facing in this day and age? The album debuted number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 3 on the Top Independent Albums and Top Rap Albums charts. Two years later, October 22, 2012, and Twiztid is ready to release the duo’s most wicked music yet – Abominationz.