Lady Gaga’s ‘Jewels And Drugs’ Performance Gave Twista ‘Butterflies’

MTV News chats with Twista, one of Mother Monster's collaborators on her ARTPOP track.

Lady Gaga debuted new ARTPOP tracks during her recent performance at the iTunes Festival, including the rap-heavy number “Jewels and Drugs.” Not only did Gaga take a chance spitting bars on the song, but she also brought Too $hort and Twista to rap along with her.

T.I. couldn’t make it to the U.K. to deliver his verse on the track, but Twista was primed and ready for the occasion, even admitting to MTV News that he got butterflies before the performance.

“Surprisingly, she listens to my music and she’s been a fan for a while, so she reached out and we started chopping it up,” Twista said of linking up with Gaga on the track. “Ironically her DJ — DJ Shadow — is from Chicago also, so Shadow broke it down to us about how she wanted me on the record.”

“I got on the phone with her, we talked it out and got in the studio and banged it out. It was a jam,” he said.

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