Twista to headline rap concert in Hammond

Twista is seen at Interscope Records Pre Party at the W Hotel Hollywood on June 28, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. He will headline a concert in Hammond this month.

Twista is returning to perform in Northwest Indiana for the first time since he was arrested on a marijuana charge in Portage while traveling to Big Shots in South Haven last March.

The Porter County Prosecutor's Office has since dropped the misdemeanor drug charges against Twista and two others headed to the show, in a case that garnered national attention.

The Chicago rapper, best known for the Billboard Hot 100 #1 single "Slow Jamz" that featured Kanye West and Jaime Foxx, will headline the Region Rap Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Hammond Civic Center, 5825 S. Sohl Ave. in Hammond. Twista, who the Guinness Book of World Records once named the fastest rapper in the world, leads a lineup that includes DJ K-Ceasar the Crowd Pleaser, Liptak, Chino Marks, Xavier Taylor and Outfitt Music CEO Al Koleon, who will perform new material from "Grinding Season" as well as old classics.

Kolean, also known as Kush World Koley, has lived in Calumet City and Hammond, releasing the song "Welcome to Indiana" in 2001. The East Coast-style gangsta rapper, who served more than five years in prison, has opened for artists like Young Buck, Nelly and 2 Chainz and released albums like "Gangster Poetry" and "G.E.D. (Grind Every Day Get Every Dolla)."

Twista has reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart and most recently released the album "Dark Horse" on Capitol Records in 2014.

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Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert is expected to last until midnight.

Tickets cost $12, and the show is all ages.

For tickets, visit universe.com/gohammond or call (219) 853-6378.


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