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Rap duo Twiztid releases surprise album, video
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has made this a "Mad Season" indeed, and the rap duo Twiztid is making itself part of it.



The Livonia-based pair surprise released its 15th album on Monday, April 20, along with a video for the single "Off With They Heads." The latter was filmed by Paul "Monoxide Child" Methric and Jamie "Madrox" Spaniolo in quarantine, using their mobile phones working in their respective houses.



"It was a little more challenging because we didn't have the professional lighting and a lot of the things that are just basic at a video shoot," Methric says. "But it was pretty simple, and we pulled it off. I think when people read this they'll go, 'What, are you serious? That wasn't a big (video) shoot?!'"



Twiztid was in the midst of working on three albums when Michigan's pandemic Stay Home measures were put in place and had planned to release an entirely different album to commemorate the 4/20 "(pot) smoker's celebration." "We changed gears 'cause we felt a straight-up Twiztid record might be a little more well-received by everybody," Methric explains. "They could really use that right now. So we just changed gears slightly and finished the ('Mad Season') record."



Methric says he and Spaniolo had about four songs left to finish for the album, which they recorded separately at their studio, The Dojo. "It's angry," Methric says of the new music, although more about personal issues than current circumstances. "We talked about" coronavirus and other issues, he says, "but I don't any part of that. We're not gonna do coronavirus Twiztid masks. We're not looking to profit off it. We just want it to leave."



Twiztid is planning a special live streaming event on its Majk Ninja Entertainment Facebook page at 4 p.m. Monday to take the place of its planned 420 concert and party. The group, which also spearheads the Astronomicon pop culture convention each February in Sterling Heights, also publishes a comic series, "Haunted Oh ON's," and is developing a comedy program with Night Sky Productions, whose credits include "The Boys" on Amazon Prime.



"Mad Season" and other information are available via Twiztidshop.com.

Web Site: www.twiztidshop.com

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