Interview: Ying Yang Twins
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:00:32
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Some things never change, thankfully.
Ying Yang Twins are still making the kind of music that causes asses to jiggle all over the world. It's the kind of sexy, slick, and soaring anthemic hip-hop that only these boys can concoct when they hit the studio. Ass In Session [iTunes link] continues their legacy.
"We just work extremely well together," says Kaine, one-half of the duo. "Some artists take two or three weeks to put something together. We don't ride like that. When we come up with what we do, it's not that hard. We walk into the studio, Mr Collipark places the beat. Twenty minutes later, we have the skeleton of the song. We can actually pump out hit songs like that."
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Ying Yang Twins Kaine and D-Roc talk Ass In Session, "Miley Cyrus", and so much more.
What was your vision for Ass In Session?
D-Roc: The whole mixtape came together because we wanted to show everybody, one, we started their twerking and, two, we've been gone for a minute, but we still got it. We put a lot into the mixtape to make it a twerk mixtape. We wanted it to have the quality of an album. Kaine and Mr Collipark started talking about it. Once we had seen Miley Cyrus twerking everywhere, it was like, "Wait a minute, hold on. The twerk movement actually started with us". We are the founders of twerking—not actually the word, "twerk", but the way people use it. We started that with girls dancing and wilding the fuck out. Do you. We called it "twerk". The word originated in New Orleans, but they'd use it in all kinds of ways like, "I'm going to twerk something". It had a variety of meanings, but we made one meaning the whole United States jumped on and everybody was twerking their asses off.
Kaine: That works because the drive of Ying Yang Twins as a group was to make music for strippers.
D-Roc: It started in 2000, but it's still going.
Kaine: It's still going, but it's at the top of its game being at the forefront of the mainstream. It's gone all the way to the height of where we projecting it from when we first came out with "Whistle While You Twurk". It's at the forefront. It should've been back then, but everything happens at the right time.
Now, ass is in Session…
Kaine: It hasn't ever really been out of session [Laughs]. What they do in the titty bars with the exotic dancers, they need in the clubs with what Ying Yang Twins do.
How did "Miley Cyrus" come about?
Kaine: The "Miley Cyrus" came from her liking the way the urban community dances and has fun. As a kid she must have been a fan of Ying Yang Twins [Laughs]. She got our thing to the forefront where everyone is paying attention. We weren't talking to Miley Cyrus, per se. We're talking to the Caucasian girls who do the Miley Cyrus. She got the word in the dictionary.
D-Roc: Thank you, Miley.
Kaine: We aren't like other artists who get big-headed. We keep it real.
D-Roc: Right on, brother.
How do you feel like music has changed?
Kaine: Music has changed because it's gone from the art of storytelling to just swinging, popping, and making words rhyme. We're reintroducing ourselves into the game extremely so people don't lose the gist of what our hip-hop is. You can't do what you don't know how to do. We do what we do.
Where are you at on the next album?
D-Roc: We got the name. It brings what the Ying Yang Twins always bring to the game, when we turn people on.
If Ass In Session were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
D-Roc: One movie I'd say is Player's Club. It'd be a combination of Player's Club, Girls Gone Wild, Friday, and American Pie [Laughs].
What's your favorite Ying Yang Twins song?