Ying Yang Twins Biography
Feel-good party songs often make people dance and have a good time. But music means much more when there’s another dimension. 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 hit albums (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 (home to Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, among others), 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."
It’s 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 session.
“When 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.”
As 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."
Expect just that from Me & My Brother.
Ying Yang Twins Bio from Discogs
Even though the Ying Yang Twins exploded in 2003, the pair already had two hit albums (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 from Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz and Kizzy Rock.