The lines between life and entertainment can blur. Sometimes life imitating art and/or art imitating life can be a chicken and the egg situation, which comes first.
TWAIN has always used this dynamic of the life and art fusion in his music. “My whole music career has simply been me telling my story, my journey, that’s it.” he says. Recording and performing since the early 2000s he got his start with hip-hop/rap in the late 90s toying around with rhymes and battling with his peers, in his neighborhood and online.
Born in Chicago, IL, he later moved to the Twin Cities in the early 2000s, already in love with hip- hop as a culture overall and falling for its local scene around the cities. He recalls, “After I moved to Minneapolis, it was go time with the music. I never looked back.” Immediately, he starting putting his story to wax and released a number of underground albums and mixtapes and performing around the country.
“Wherever I was in my life, the music let you know, like a time marker.” TWAIN states matter-of- factly. As a result, his music has been a hodgepodge of party songs, trunk bangers, purist hip-hop records, and introspective recollections and tales, all from a place of honesty documenting the human experience. In 2009, he took the next step of independently releasing his album Truth Or Consequences (Ill County) commercially. An autobiographical collection, he considers it a book of his life story in song form, his attempt at making a “classic album”. After that, he scored a Twin Cities Hip Hop Award nomination.
These days TWAIN is enjoying a new level-feeling like a rap veteran, and evolving into a musician, taking great care in the detail of his music. His 2014 release, The Cost of Living – EP, & its documentary was his entry into the contemporary hip-hop of the day. As he prepares his new EP, The Gift of Discovery for Spring 2016, he maintains that he is still coming from a truthful space at all times. He closes with “It’s important to me-I’ve sort of taken it on as a challenge, to keep my music personal and very close to me; and my life and thoughts only.”
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