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On the bulk of Withdrawal, which Twista released through his GMG label, the MCs are in prime battle mode. Tracks such as "Run Dat" and "Intro" feel more like battles than songs edited for mass appeal. These rappers perform as if they're trying to one-up each other out of the pure enjoyment of going head-to-head—in particular "Intro" feels like a race, with MCs dropping bars so fast the speedy beat can't quite keep up.
Mostly, it sounds like Twista and Do or Die legitimately enjoy sharing the microphone and working on new material. The reunion and nostalgia fevers that grip pop music have helped produce a surfeit of ill-conceived old-school reunion projects, particularly in the last decade. Withdrawal is a clear nod to the force Twista and Do or Die exerted over Chicago hip-hop in the mid-90s, but thankfully the EP isn't hamstrung by the past.