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Detroit rappers Twiztid continue to grow their empire

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Launching a new album ("The Darkness"), record label (Majik Ninja Entertainment) and recording studio (The Dojo) would be enough for most groups.

But for Twiztid, it's just the tip of the musical iceberg.

The Livonia-based rap duo, which began its career as part of Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records camp, is out on its own now and isn't wasting any time making its own mark. "It's a good kind of busy," says the group's Monoxide Child (real name Paul Methric), who formed Twiztid during 1997 with childhood friend Jamie Madrox (nee Spaniolo). "There's so much going on and so much we have planned. We've surrounded ourselves with an immense team -- not a humongous team, but the people we do have are immense and are people we trust.

"There's no way me and Jamie can pull all this (stuff) off by ourselves, so we've got people we trust and we've worked with before. So far, so good."

With the "Darkness" album out -- it debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 in February and No. 3 on the Rap Album chart in early February -- Twiztid's next goal is to start releasing music by other acts signed to Majik Ninja, including Blaze Ya Dead Homie, the R.O.C. and more to be announced.

"There, like, five projects right there," says Monoxide Child, 41. "When we first sauntered out on our own it was just about streamlining Twiztid and getting that where it needed to be. Now that we've done that it's time to get the rest of the show on the road."

Twiztid's empire -- which includes a warehouse facility Monoxide Child says the group has already outgrown -- isn't only about music, either. The duo is currently developing a horror film with its regular video collaborator Brian Archibald; a treatment is ready to be shopped around, and Monoxide Child says Twiztid hopes shooting will begin by fall.

"We'll be in it plenty; we're just not sure if we'll be the killers or the victims or what," he says. "This is something we've talked about for three, four years. We finally decided we just gotta do it. You get caught up in the wrong details. You want it to be, not safe but you want it to be as foolproof as possible -- even moreso in the movie game than the music game.

"But I think we have a couple (ideas) that are really special, so we want to get them going. Y'know, we started out with a band (ICP) that was so hated by the industry I think we missed out on some opportunities. We don't want that to be the case anymore, for sure."

Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Home, Mike E. Clark, The R.O.C. and more

Monday, April 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

Call 248-758-9770 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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