“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Gangsta & Hardcore / Artist: Twista / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2005-10-10 at Atlantic „
Coming a year after his big breakthrough with "Kamezaki", "The Day After" is the 2005 album from Twista and the sixth overall release from him. He is a Chicago MC, and this mid-west influence gives it a change from the prominence of Dirty South, East, and West Coast rappers in the US at this time.
1. "The Day After"
I wasn't immpressed by the start to this album as it gets the main fault with the last album immerge immediately as Toxic get on the beats, and once again fail to match with Twista's fast-paced style of spitting bars of rhymes. It all makes for a chaotic tune without a rigid structure.
2. "Check That Hoe"
Twista informs of how we should be more careful with the people we get close to, as they are often the ones which are able to hurt us the most, and most significantly. It has him work with beats which really capture the mood of things and involve the listener.
3. "Chocolate Fe's And Redbones"
Seemingly premature, Twista slows things down with a collaboration with Johnny P, and they bring down the pace as they perfrom a tune about times when you simply relax as you smoke cannabis, and chill with those close to you. I haven't got a clue about what is meant in the title.
4. "Get It How We Live"
You get some heavy Scott Storch beats to get you into this one, and he seen to ease it all in as we soon get brought down in some typical raps from twista. All the themes are quite predictable, but at this stage in the album, its not that big of an issue, and the great beats overcome this potential set back.
Immediately you realise a switch with some beats from Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, the latter of whom get a chance to show off their multi-talented nature when it comes to producing, singing and rapping. It is what you expect of a Hip Hop track in 2005.
6. "Girl Tonite"
With this the huge single off the album and it has Twista work with the OG, R&B singer, Trey Songz on some smooth Jim Jonsin production. I cant see why you wouldn't enjoy this sensual trakc from them. It is a change for Twista, but it works well for him without strain.
7. "Do Wrong"
I thought very little of this one as you have Twista stay on the low tempo and get into a track where he attempts to educate us on sexaul matters, and speaks to us on how you can be heavily influenced by female attention. The way he raps if really out-dated here, and had been heard on so many tracks prior to this point, when he's done such a thing for many years, it shows he's falling behind in the ever-changing Hip Hop world.
Toxic return for the beats, and once again go for something which seems old-fashioned in comparison to how things where workign at the time. The voice-modification here sounds very ighties and the way the beat is made from a heart moniter is very predictable.
9. "Holding Down The Game"
At first, I saw this as quite a good one from the rapper as he goes for a decent flow on a slow, and smooth tune. however it all swiches up when he takes to the style whichc was foudn all over "Adrenaline Rush 2007" as it gets screwed and he simply repeats the lines from earlier in the track. Making for a banger of a tune.
10. "When I Get You Home"
You get even more from The Neptunes,a ndyou aslo receive some work from Jamie Foxx as he coems to perform as great chorus to match the mood which the artists seems to be in as he wrote it. You rarely hear The neptunes go wrong with the beats, and this certainly isn't one of those ocassions.
11. "So Lonely"
This is one of the singles from the album, but I can't say I heard it before going through the album. However I have to say that I liked what I heard on this as Darkchild comes with an incredibel compostion to work with as they do what they do to put across the message from their individual perspectives.
12. "Had To Call"
I expected a lot more out of this one than what came through as Twist comes to get the West Coast's Snoop Dogg on his track, but very little comes through on it. It was a failed recording, which I just couldn't get into, depsite Snoop's flawless contribution.
13. "Out Here"
Twista's crew, the Speedknot Mobstaz work with him on this one, and they seem to have a great influence on him as they make him get into some Gangsta Rap for this one. Thsi is all balanced with Mannie Fresh-esque beats to match with the presence of the other guest, Juvenile.
14. "I'm A Winner"
From faux-Mannie to faux-Kanye, Cuzo seems to come up with mock versins of each major producers stlye, ithout it soudning like a fake. In this one you get sampled-based work, which drew me right in as is chipmunhen adadpted to a stop-start compostion.
15. "Hit The Floor"
This is one of the big singles from the album, and along with this, it is produced by one of the top club rap beatmakers, Mr. Collipark. However it wasn't my kind of thing as it is dominated by the guest rapper Pitbull, who I can't stand. It is a lively Crunk track from them, further expressing the rapper's enjoyment for music from this region of America.
Despite its inconsitency, I enjoyed "The Day After" quite a lot. I felt it was a great improvemnt on "Kamekazi", and a great transistion to the even better "Adrenaline Rush 2007". I liked the fact that Twista saw the Dirty South movement in a positive light and chose to take great influence from it by doing track sin this style, and with an authentic H-Town tune in "Holding Down The Game", it showed he did it well.
As it does suffer from major switches in standard, if you don't wish to take the risk of a balance of weak and strong tunes, you have to look out for "Girl Tonite" and "I'm A Winner", as they have to be heard.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The Day After (Feat. Syleena Johnson)
2 Check That Hoe
3 Choc Fes & Redbone (Feat. Johnny P)
4 Get It How You Live
5 Lavish (Feat. Pharrell)
6 Girl Tonite (Feat. Trey Songz)
7 Do Wrong (Feat. Lil Kim)
9 Holding Down The Game
10 When I Get You Home (A.I.O.U) (Feat. Jamie Fox & Pharrell)
11 So Lonely (Feat. Mariah Carey)
12 Had To Call (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Sleepy Eyed Jones)
13 Out Here (Feat. Juvenile & Speedknot Mobstaz)
14 Im A Winner
15 Hit The Floo