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Detroit's Twiztid takes matters into its own hands

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The Detroit rap duo Twiztid hasn't been idling since amicably parting with Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records at the end of 2012.

During the past 16 months, Monoxide Child (Paul Methric) and Jamie Madrox (nee Spaniolo) have released a pair of EPs, 2013's "A New Nightmare" and the brand new "Get Twiztid" as well as a mixtape, "4 The Fam Vol. 2." They're also starting a label -- which they hope to announce this summer -- and building their own studio in Livonia, with a new full-length album set to follow.

"We're doing the things we wanted to do, stuff that should've been done years ago," explains Monoxide Child. "I love that we have the control and know that there's no one else to blame. So now we're finally getting to implement these things, and if we want to do something, we do it.

"My true love is behind the scenes. it's cool being on stage or whatnot, but finding talent, creating the next 20 years of music, that's what's in my head. So that's what were doing now."

Twiztid is even doing a truncated version of its Bootleg Banner Tour -- including it's first-ever 420 show in Michigan, complete with an Easter Sunday egg hunt -- in order to focus on the new album. And if there's any lingering suspicions of discord between Twiztid and ICP, know that the two groups, along with rapper Blaze Ya Dead Homie, have teamed up for a new album by their side project Dark Lotus that's due out this summer in time for ICP's annual Gathering of the Juggalos.

"The people who are still saying there's beef, they jsut want there to be beef," Monoxide says. "We could take as many pictures together, do as many CDs together, and people will believe what we want to believe, no matter how many times you tell 'em (otherwise).

"And I get it. I totally understand it. It's a little like a divorce and the kids feel like they have to choose. But they don't. We're cool. And if someone liked Twiztid just because of the record label we were on, I guess it's time for them to move along. It means you just didn't get Twiztid to begin with, so quit wasting your time."

Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, the R.O.C., ABK and more perform Sunday, April 20, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 in advance, $25 day of show. An official after party will take place afterwards in the Pike Room at the Crofoot. Admission is $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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