Lil Twist Interview With Neon Limelight

December 29, 2010 by Danny M

Interviews

Lil Twist Interview With Neon Limelight

Neon Limelight chatted with Lil Twist last month to talk about everything from his first post-jail meet up with Lil Wayne, to working on a mixtape with Justin Bieber, to his current mixtape, The Takeover, and how he stays young in a business which forces young stars to grow up quickly. You can read the Q&A below:

Neon Limelight: First things first, Weezy’s home! How are you feeling about that?

Lil Twist: Oh my God! I don’t even know how to explain it.

NL: It has to be like a holiday almost.

LT: Yeah. It was like Lil Wayne’s Day the first time I seen him. I’m sure it was like Lil Wayne’s Day as soon as he got out. I didn’t get to see him as soon as he got out, but I have reunited with him out here in Miami, and all I can say is it’s been a movie that hasn’t went off yet.

NL: That’s amazing. You guys on Young Money all seem so close. What was the first thing you said to him when he came home?

LT: “I’m so happy you’re back with me, bro.” Those were the exact words I said.

NL: What was the first thing he said to you?

LT: The first word he said back to me was just “love” and then– no, no, no, no. Actually, it wasn’t because he grabbed my hair at the [homecoming] party. He was actually talking to somebody and I walked up and he just grabbed my mohawk and was like, “What’s up, bro?” I just gave him a hug like, “I’m so happy you’re back with me, bro,” and he said, “Love.”

NL: It’s awesome that he’s home. You guys are going to start making some great music, I’m sure. Have you guys already started talking about getting back into the studio together? I know he’s already been back in the studio.

LT: Yeah. We were in the studio last night.

NL: Awesome! What’s the vibe like? Is he taking his experience and putting it into the music, or is it like he’s never missed a beat?

LT: It’s like he’s never missed a beat. That’s exactly what I was about to say. Last night, I was saying this to myself, it’s like he never went anywhere. That’s what it felt like last night.

NL: Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk more about you. For people who don’t know Lil Twist, let them know who you are.

LT: Lil Twist is a 17 year old young rap star that’s being brought up in this game by Lil Wayne. I just work real hard and I want everyone to get a message out of my music.

NL: It has to be hard for someone so young and growing up in this industry…do you think it’s hard for people to take you seriously or is it hard for you to prove yourself? Or do you even care about proving yourself to people?

LT: You know what, it was hard at first because it is a big problem sometimes when you are a young artist and there are many critics out there. But if you come with it, they gonna have to rock with you. So, that’s what I’ve been doing lately. Plus, it’s just a young world right now. A lot of people have been paying attention to these young artists. That’s what we on right now.

NL: I was going to say, there are a lot of young artists out there right now, so it’s like you have to deal with that problem of being taken seriously on one end, and then deal with being compared to every young artist out there. So, what separates Lil Twist’s style from a Diggy Simmons or anyone else in the game?

LT: Me and Diggy, off the bat, we’re totally different. Like Diggy, he’s…I don’t even know how to explain his style, but I love his music. He’s a beast in his music and what he does. Me? I call myself a young rap star because I don’t only just rap. I can go in the studio and I can sing or I could do whatever. I could make beats. I just do everything I could possibly do. That’s what makes me different from everyone, I think.

NL: Nice! Growing up around someone like Lil Wayne, did that help you see that you kind of have to do more than rap? You have to have your hand in all kinds of pots to be successful?

LT: What it actually was…You don’t have to do everything, because everybody in Young Money doesn’t do all of that, but it was just the work ethic I picked up from Wayne when I first started coming around when I was 12-13 years old. Me seeing him working, I figured out how to make a beat on the keyboard, how to put my words together. That’s what I learned from Lil Wayne, just learned how to do everything I could possibly do.

NL: Does being affiliated with Young Money help people take you more seriously, or does it hurt because expectations are so high?

LT: Being down with Young Money…people just really have to be Young Money fans, really. It doesn’t hurt because the expectations are high because everybody is different. If you listen to an artist and find out who that artist is and end up liking them, that’s cool. Drake and Nicki, of course, they are like top hip hop freakin’ legends right now. [laughs] The expectations aren’t to get that high. ….I don’t even know how to explain it. I’m sorry.

NL: No, it’s OK.

LT: What I’m trying to say is…I don’t know.

NL: You would rather people get to know you as an artist individually than lump you in with the rest of Young Money?

LT: That’s what it is! That’s exactly what it is. Sometimes people get messed up and start to compare us when us…we’re not in a competition. This is a family thing.

NL: Nice. That’s the best thing because you do have a family around, and I’m sure if you have a problem with one thing, you can go to a certain person. What’s the dynamic like between all of you guys?

LT: It’s really like a family, for real. Like, myself, I’ve been to Drake, Wayne, and Nicki and Mack for sure with real personal problems, real family problems. It’s much deeper than rap over here at Young Money.

NL: That’s good. Younger people in this industry need that. So, tell me about your new mixtape.

LT: Yeah. I put out this new mixtape, The Takeover: Carte Blanche Edition, with 10 songs on it. I was actually supposed to have more, but I didn’t get to go back into the studio and finish what I wanted to do with those. But I’ve been loving the feedback on the mixtape and the songs on there. Right now, I’m working on the next one.

NL: How do you think your mixtape music will differ from your album, Don’t Get It Twisted, or do you plan to have it differ at all?

LT: I plan to go a similar route with it, but more radio records. I love to do singles. That’s what I just love to do, so more radio records for sure, and I plan to center it around the mixtape because I love how the mixtape sounds. And so does Birdman and Cortez, so that’s what we plan to do.

NL: Do you think there are any topics you can tackle on the mixtape that you can’t on the album? Maybe the album has to be a little more commercial…?

LT: It doesn’t. It doesn’t. That will be my decision. It would have to be my decision. They wouldn’t tell me to go more commercial.

NL: So you pretty much have complete creative control?

LT: Yeah really. You just take all your ideas and thoughts on the record to Birdman, Tez, and Wayne, and Mack and it’s cool.

NL: That’s amazing, especially for than artist so young. So, tell me more about the album. Do you have any collaborations you’re working on?

LT: Yes. I actually got a few records done with some people. I worked with Sean Kingston on the album. I worked with Justin Bieber, Drake, Wayne of course now. Since we’re still working on the album I’ma get Wayne. And I think that’s it right now.

NL: Cool! So, I heard a rumor that you and Justin Bieber were gonna do a Chris Brown/Tyga thing and do a joint mixtape. Is that true?

LT: It’s in the works. We got a few records done, and every time we talk, we actually talk about this mixtape. So it’s definitely in the works. I’ll actually go out on his tour and rock with him, come out on a few dates and start working on that mixtape. I don’t know when it’ll be ready — maybe not this year, maybe next year, but it’s gonna be great.

NL: That’s gonna be insane! I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of people looking for that.

LT: Yeah, a lot of people have been talking about it and we really haven’t let it out. But now that I’ve said something about it [laughs], we’re gonna work on some records while we’re out on the road.

NL: Coolness! So, you said you had a couple songs done. Any subjects you wanna tell me about?

LT: We recently did ‘Billionaire’ by Travis McCoy and Bruno Mars. We did that over with our own words, like a remix. That’s how we’re gonna do the majority of the mixtape, with other people’s records and just me freestyling over it. And Justin’s a rapper now, so he’s gonna be goin’ in.

NL: That’s awesome! So, you’ve been in this business for years, you’ve been through some things in your life. It kinda forces you to grow up a little more. But how do you stay young? What do you do for fun so that you stay 17, because you shouldn’t have to be any older than that right now.

LT: Well, how I stay young is by working. I don’t play a lot. I can’t even really actually tell you that I go outside and play a lot. I play basketball on my free time. That’s my favorite thing to do other than rap. But my decision is to go in the studio and make beats and rap. That’s what I love to do. I wouldn’t like to do anything other than that.

NL: It’s great that you love it, but do you ever think there will come a time when you say, ‘Man, I wish I took advantage of being that young!’?

LT: Well…I don’t know, because I see…I really don’t know. I think I’m gonna like to do that even when I get older because just being raised around this camp — I don’t know how other camps are — but if you were looking at how this camp works, you wouldn’t like to do anything other than work either. That’s all I do is really work. That’s my favorite thing to do. And of course other things like shop and hanging with my homies back home, but that’s what I really like to do, be in the studio all the time.

NL: What is dating like for you these days? I’m sure there are plenty of girls throwing themselves at you.

LT: I haven’t dated in a minute, actually. I haven’t been with a girl in a minute, so I don’t know. [laughs] I’ve been single for a minute, just working.

NL: So work is your playtime and work is your girlfriend right now?

LT: [laughs] Yes, exactly. I’m tryna get more stuff out because I see a lot of stuff going on, a lot of people coming out and the streets are missing it. So, that’s what I’m tryna do right now, feed the streets and let them know what’s really poppin’ and don’t take me as just a light rapper.

NL: Your fans are very, very, very supportive of you, especially on Twitter. They’re insane! How did the whole Team Twist movement come about?

LT: Aww man! Team Twist! Me and my crew, we were in Miami just seeing the trending topics like “Team Jacob” and whatever from Twilight, and I started messing with that trending topic that day and started talking about Team Twist. ‘I’m making my Team Twist!’ And people started joining and Team Twist came strong on ‘em and was like the number one trending topic and all that.

NL: That’s insane! I had a lot of people on my timeline like, “Who is Lil Twist!?” So that’s pretty much how we found out about you, through the trending topics.

LT: [laughs] You know what’s funny? That was my intention. I told my manager Cortez Bryant. Every time I make myself a trending topic, every time I would do that, I would click on the trending topic and see so much hate, see so many people hating on me so so bad, but that’s why I got a trending topic every single time. I wanted to see those fan replies — there were good ones — but I wanted to see those people like who is Lil Twist because after they said that, they were gonna go and find out who he was.

NL: Exactly! Well, well, well played! Whether it was negative or positive, people were going to find out who you were.

LT: Yep!

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