Lil Twist has been a hip-hop comer since the age of 10, when his single "Texas Twist" hit No. 1 on radio in his native Dallas and helped get him sign to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment company.
And he promises to make good on that potential this year, when he finally releases his long-in-development debut album, "Don't Get It Twisted."
"It's been a very long time," acknowledges Twist, 19 (real name Christopher Moore), who's scored hit singles such as "Turnt Up," "Love Affair," "Little Secret" and "New Money" -- though none will appear on the album. "This is my first piece of work, worldwide. This is my first album the world is going to hear and pay attention to. So when I drop it, I don't want it to get overlooked, not one bit.
"So I'm setting up my album to be classic -- the right timing, the right single to drop before the set-up of the album. It's gonna be amazing, guaranteed."
Twist says the album is finished but a number of decisions about singles and release dates are still being determined. The guest list is formidable, with Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, The-Dream, Drake, Nicki Minaj and, on a track called "Whatever You Are," Justin Bieber.
"We did it awhile ago and then had to go back in the studio (recently) 'cause (Bieber's) voice was lighter than it is now," Twist says. "He's like my little buddy, my best friend for a minute. I've been knowing Justin for a minute before 'Baby' came out, and it's a real close friendship.
"My manager and his manager always get mad when we're together, 'cause we always go off and do our own thing and not always what we're supposed to be doing. It's not always about work with us, you know what I'm saying?"
Lil Twist performs with Mindless Behavior and Jacob Latimore at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $45. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com
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