By Ezra Marcus
It’s the nature of dark horses to surprise.
Case in point: you thought Katy Perry had the phrase “dark horse” locked down in 2014. Now here comes Twista, a perennial hip-hop dark horse, haunches straining toward the finish with his latest full-length Dark Horse. He gives KP a run for the equine nomenclature throne with his trademark high-velocity bars, luxurious production, and a full slate of impressive guests.
“Want My Love” is a particular highlight: the sexy, low-slung beat and Twista’s triple-time come-ons sound like vintage early-2000s VH1. A slurry Auto-Tuned chorus from Chicago’s DJ Victoriouz keeps us firmly in the present.