If anything, the words “two Detroit Horrorcore rappers in face paint” conjure images of Insane Clown Posse for most music fans. But in the world of juggalos, you have to be more specific.
Though there is a shared aesthetic and crossover business ties with ICP, Twiztid MCs Jamie Madrox and Monoxide have achieved a lot of success in their own right since forming over two decades ago. ICP’s Violent J was a fan of the duo’s demo tape, which they made following the breakup of their Rap trio House of Krazees, and he signed them to Psychopathic Records.
Twiztid has been on and off the label since 1997, releasing a stream of albums that sold well and charted regularly, including the twosome’s 2009 full-length, W.I.C.K.E.D., which made it to No. 11 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In 2015, Twiztid released its first album on its own label, Majik Ninja Entertainment.
In early 2017, the duo appeared to officially break ties with ICP after all of its label’s artists were kicked off an official juggalo event, but Twiztid didn’t suffer too horribly. In the fallout, the duo’s latest full-length, The Continuous Evilution of Life’s ?’s, still broke the album chart’s Top 30 and Twiztid was invited to be a part of the final Van’s Warped Tour this summer.
The act has been teasing a new album release for 2019; fans have been speculating that its title will be Generation Nightmare. Twiztid’s visit to Newport is part of a very brief tour with Prozak and Alla Xul Elu dubbed the “Holiday Hangover Weekend.”
7 p.m. Jan. 4. $20. Thompson House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, thompsonhousenewport.com.