EXCLUSIVE: Twista Talks Turning Down Role In ‘Chi-Raq’ & Admits To Using Ghostwriters (VIDEO)


(AllHipHop News) Spike Lee’s latest movie Chi-Raq has been hit with controversy. Several Chicago based rappers have denounced the movie for promoting a negative image of their hometown. According to outspoken Chi-Raq critic Rhymefest, rap stars such as Kanye West and Common turned down an opportunity to star in the movie over issues with the storyline.

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AllHipHop.com caught up with fellow Chicago emcee Twista to find out his thoughts on Lee’s Chi-Raq. The “Slow Jamz” rhymer took issue with the title of the movie, the city’s tragedies being made into a satire, and the lack of homegrown talent featured in the film. Twista also revealed he also turned down a part in the motion picture.

“I got a call, but as soon as I found out the name of it – some people had to go into it a little bit to see that it was a bad idea,” says Twista. “As soon as I heard it – ‘What? It’s called Chi-Raq? F*ck that sh*t.’ We’re trying to get away from that. Why would I get in a movie that’s titled that?”

Another major topic from 2015 was the use of ghostwriters in Hip Hop. The conversation was sparked by Meek Mill calling out Drake for not writing his verse on their collaboration “R.I.C.O.” Has Twista ever had someone else pen his rhymes?

“Yeah,” he admits. “Not nothing where I’m trying to prove to you that Twista is the dopest artist or I got the best lyrics.”

The creator of the Livin Legend EP adds he only used a ghostwriter on about three songs. In addition, Twista warns he still has the lyrical ability to take on anyone that may want to challenge him.

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Watch Twista’s interview below.