The Psychomania Tour
G-Mo Skee, Young Wicked, Gorilla Voltage, Body Bag Syndikate
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Since forming in 1997, Twiztid have changed the face of music, redefining the relationship between rap and metal while pushing the limits of lyrical creativity. By remaining true to underground culture, they have built an international movement: Despite receiving little mainstream airplay, every album they've released has reached the Billboard album chart. Nevertheless, in 2012, the duo, comprised of the rappers Monoxide and Jamie Madrox, left Psychopathic Records to begin a new chapter. Now, for the first time in the career, they have true independence.
Things have moved fast. In 2014, Twiztid formed a label of their own, Majik Ninja Entertainment, and it now includes underground favorites like Blaze and Boondox alongside rising stars like Young Wicked and G-Mo Skee.
"We have artists that are killing it in every different type of music," says Madrox. "We're keeping alive these old ideas that other motherfuckers let go to the wayside, and at the same time, we're offering a whole bunch of new type of flavor as well. We're putting out stuff that makes you say, 'Damn, that's what it's about!'"
Twiztid have become experts in the art of releasing records. Now they're using what they've learned to guide the next generation of underground talent. But this isn't limited to music—Majik Ninja is on its way to becoming an independent conglomerate worthy of Tyler Perry. "Music is just the kickstart," says Monoxide. "Five years from now we might not even be talking about a Twiztid record. We'll be talking about the movies we're making, and the other artists on Majik Ninja."
At the moment, however, there's still time for the studio, and the duo has more to say than ever. In January, Twiztid released a new album, The Continuous Evilution of Life's ?'s, to widespread acclaim, debuting at Number Two on Billboard's Rap Albums chart. One listen reveals why: This is one of the most energetic releases of the band's career, pushing the pedal on a furious sound that recalls fan favorites like Mutant (Vol. 2).
Fans and critics have pointed to the record's amplified metal influence, but Monoxide takes a more nuanced approach. "As far as talent—song structuring, songwriting—I think this album encompasses everything from where we started to where we are now," he says. "There is metal, but to me it's 75 percent a rap record. Only now we've found a way to encompass both worlds without it being forced." He laughs as he considers the accomplishment. "We actually got good at it!"
"This album is pissed off," says Madrox. "That's what rock is really about."
Twiztid was formed in Detroit—Detroit proper—in 1997. They released their first album, Mostasteless, in 1999, and followed with their legendary Freek Show LP, which contained the single "We Don't Die," in 2000. All 11 of the group's albums have reached the Billboard album chart. W.I.C.K.E.D., released in 2009, peaked at Number 11, making it the biggest independent release in the country.
Twiztid left Psychopathic Records in 2012, and they independently released their A New Nightmare EP in 2013. Underground Australia would name it the best album of year, making it the first EP ever to win the award. They released their first album on Majik Ninja, The Darkness, in January of 2015. It too won Underground's album of the year poll.
The group has collaborated with rappers like Three 6 Mafia, E-40 and Tech N9ne, and scored deals with Island and Def Jam. "Lyor Cohen pulled us into his office as was like 'You two motherfuckers can rap,'" remembers Monoxide.
Outside of music, they've co-starred in the movies Big Money Hustlas and Big Money Rustlas. Their radio show, Ashtrays & Action Figures, has expanded Majik Ninja's reach into podcasts and digital media. Never compromising their integrity, they've remained on the cutting edge of music for 20 years and counting.
"We're the epitome of the underground," says Methric. "There's nothing in the world like us, and our entire record label is built on that principle, promoting other artists who are like that too. We saw a lane open up, and we were like, 'That's it. This is our calling.'"
What does it mean for a group like Twiztid to remain underground in 2017, especially after so many years of success?
"For us being underground means continuing to be what made you true—staying true to that," says Monoxide. "We don't have to worry about anyone taking our songs off the radio. We don't have to worry about TV not playing our videos. Because we control everything. We found a way to survive without it."
"But make no mistake," adds Madrox, "if they want to put us on TV and see what it's like to be inside of our world, we still might show y'all."
I've always rapped this way. Many people compared me to other artist, told me to tone down the music, and even told me I was too hardcore to ever get any type of major exposure.....but I figure, if I'm not making music 100% the way I want to, what's the point of making music? LONG LIVE THE FiLTH!
Body Bag Syndikate
The origins of the Body Bag Syndikate are not set in fact. Truthfully nobody really knows where the hell these two came from, or what the fuck is wrong with them.
Its rumored that they are estranged brothers that grew in the womb of their mother who worked the Cyclone at Lakeside Amusement Park. Under the hard working conditions she was not able to take paternity leave. Working through her entire pregnancy only to miscarry them and toss their remains into the lake where they mutated and thrived off of popcorn, old chewing gum, dead fish, and discarded shoes. This assumption holds little fact other than the photographic evidence of the very short lived "ZOMBIE BOY'S" attraction that put two sickly looking infant boys on display at the end of the house of mirrors obstacle. there was apparently a lawsuit filed when somebody was injured by way of assault. also Lakeside is a well visited spot for the B.B.S. boys. but same with every other Denver resident.(lakeside=dope).
Another famous rumor of Anthraxe and his "brother" Grudge is that they where both local rappers that stumbled into a brothel that was dabbling into the art of black magic and alchemy, having both being bit by "infected/possessed" prostitute's and thus transformed into whatever it is they are today. A variation of this story is that they were both hanging out in a strip club where the lunch break for the pole jockeys (strippers) had a nice dose of mad cow meat hamburgers. Which caused the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. which is the term used for what happens to humans when they ingest mad cow meat. there is no factual proof of these 2 rumors other than the fact that Grudge holds some similarity to Graffix of the infamous band DENVER CITY KILLAZ, and Anthraxe resembles another well known local artist by the name of AK. (weve looked into this myth, and AK is much more heavy set then Anthraxe and Graffix has been in prison for many years)
More entertaining stories of the boys roots fall into speculation/conspiracy theory leading to government corruption and the Rocky Mountain Meltdown incident that happened in Colorado some decades ago. This holds some truth. Although the details are classified, its believed that the primary hazardous chemical found at that meltdown site was a re-animation agent known as "DC-1911" that the government was harvesting as a weapon during the cold war era. Facts relating this to the B.B.S. are that there physical symptoms seem to support this as well as the 1911 markings found on the side of Grudge's head and Anthraxe's hand. These markings have also been seen on other victims around the Colorado area as a result of government experimentation.
When asked, the boys choose to joke about their back round and place of birth. Anthraxe insists he and Grudge are the result of a freak sewer accident. Involving a used tampon, and a old tossed out condom. That some how found each other in a sewage system and they were both conceived inside a tallboy can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. while Grudge finds this hilarious Anthraxe stands by it whole heartedly. When we asked Grudge about what he thought his true origins were, he vomited on our tape recorder and some of it splashed our sound director, Don. ( he later complained of fever and was reported missing after he attacked his wife Michelle and is still wanted by authorities)
Which raises the question further...
WHAT THE FUCK ARE THESE TWO!?! How is it these two are able to somewhat control there actions and violent instincts? Yet appear contagious enough to infect people that come into contact with them? does it only just begin with the music they produce? What is the D.E.A.D. pandemic that seems to be infecting Denver's underside/nightlife? Other local "DEADITES"/ underground faces being infected are speculated to be the group's "Brutally Vicious Killaz"/ 'Red Army Soldierz"/ "Primos"/ as well as there fans and affiliated members.
Alot of questions go unanswered, but what seems to be relevant is that the D.E.A.D are here, they are spreading... and the outbreak is inevitable.
Before leaving our interview with the B.B.S. duo, they bid farewell by saying "piecez" instead of peace, and then screamed in unnatural tones, after Anthraxe flipped me the bird and called me a bitch.
"D.E.A.D. -DON'T EVER ASSUME DECEASED!!!"
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