As kings of the club circuit, the Ying Yang Twins have ridden their zany
personas, witty lyrics and Grade-A production to the top of the charts.Sure,
they make classic party cuts, but a closer look at their immensely popular
work reveals an unrivaled level of humor, sophistication and outlandishness
that has helped the Ying Yang Twins earn legions of fans from Los Angeles
to the Midwest to their native region, the South.
The Atlanta-based duo of Kaine and D-Roc have two
(2000's Thug Walkin
and 2002's Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins) and a string of hit
radio and club singles ("Whistle While You Twurk", "Ying
Yang In This Thang", "Say I Yi Yi" and "By Myself")
to their credit. The instant success of both "Whistle While You Twurk"
and "Ying Yang In This Thang" made Ying Yang Twins immediate players
in the hip-hop field. Subsequent hits "Say I Yi Yi" and "By
Myself" established Kaine and D-Roc as hip-hop's premier party-starters
and earned them guest spots on albums from Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
and Kizzy Rock.
The Ying Yang Twins extend their hit streak with the
release of their third album, Me & My Brother
(Collipark/TVT Records). The new collection, the pair's first on independent
powerhouse TVT Records contains the type of crunktastic club bangers that
have earned the pair thousands of loyal fans across the country. "We
aim to please everybody," explains Kaine of his group's infectious
sound. "All we want to do is keep smiles on everybody's faces."
evident throughout Me & My Brother that smiles will be easy to come
by. Whether highlighting the unnecessary worry caused by hyper-sensitive
women on the playful first single "Naggin", the Twins have perfected
the art of making credible, memorable hip-hop songs.
"We make things with a catchy vibe, so that you'll
be eager to want to get to know the song," Kaine says. "It's like
if you want to holler at a female, you're going to step your mouthpiece
up real good before you say what you're getting ready to say to her because
you don't get a second chance to make a first impression."
The party continues on the hyper "Grey Goose". With a pulsating
groove backing them, Kaine and D-Roc salute one of their favorite drinks.
Like most of their other song ideas, the concept for "Grey Goose"
came about when the friends were just hanging out and having fun. "When
it first came out, it was something that we were crunk off of," D-Roc
explains of the Grey Goose beverage. "Everything
just comes from tripping.We
just sit around and come up with something that somebody else ain't gonna
come up with. We sit around and trip. We're
some quick-witted trash-talkers. With
trash-talking comes a brain because I've got to talk faster than you if
you're talking trash. That's how our songs come about.
We talk trash, formulate it, put it together and then it becomes a song.
We're like two cartoon characters. Cartoon characters are always tripping.
That's how we come up with everything that we do." Even
though the Ying Yang Twins take every opportunity to have fun, they are
also aware of important social issues impacting the Dirty South. On the
intense "Calling All Zones" the two address some of the problems
residents of Atlanta face in their beloved city. "You've
got to send love to the home team," D-Roc says. "That's basically
the reason for it. It's going to be the jam
that everybody wants to hear because it's just for Atlanta." United
via mutual friends at the end of 1996, D-Roc and Kane had to become a rap
duo. D-Roc, a solo artist at the time, was signed to Ichiban Records. Producer
Beat-In-Azz (then known as DJ Smurf) was also signed to the imprint and
was solicited to do a remix for D-Roc. The two became friends and Beat-In-Azz
requested that D-Roc be on his album. D-Roc brought Kaine to the recording
I heard them rhyme together, their chemistry, I had never heard anything
like that before," Beat recalls. "I told them they needed to be
a group. I don't think no one else captures that chemistry on record."
they started recording, D-Roc and Kaine wanted to make music that would
make a mark in their hometown. But their music dream was initially a dream
deferred. Things got so rough that the pair had to sleep in their car at
times as they chased their goals. But things would soon change for the future
Southern stars. In fact, coming out of Atlanta eventually helped the pair,
since the Georgia city shows tremendous support to its up-and-coming talent,
especially if you're making music that will move the crowd. For Kaine, the
Ying Yang Twins are just getting started in their musical careers. They've
established themselves as consistent hitmakers, a group that returns time
and time again with the type of music that never falls out of fashion.
"We're built to last," he says."We
make it catchy so that you'll want to sing along. You know a hit when you
hear it first because you don't know how to react."
just that from Me & My Brother.
FOR CHANCE TO WIN
AUTOGRAPHED ALBUM !
and authorized for RapIndustry.com
by TVT Records.
TRACKLISTING: 1. Them Braves
3. Whats Happenin! feat. Trick Daddy
4. Grey Goose
5. Salt Shaker feat. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
6. Georgia Dome (Get Low Sequel)
7. What the Fuck! feat. Bone Crusher & Killer Mike
8. Calling All Zones
9. Me & My Brother
10. Hard feat. K.T.
11. The Nerve Calmer
13. Naggin' Part II (The Answer) Performed
by Ms Flawless and Tha Rhythum