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Friday, 20 May 2005 20:13

Ying Yang Twins

Written by Nida Kahn

ying yang twinsOpposites define each other. Day and night. Light and dark. The yin and the yang. If ever there were two individuals who exemplified this notion it would have to be Atlanta’s D-Roc and Kaine, who are taking rap music to completely unimaginable levels

A hybrid of energy, attitude, excitement, intellect, creativity, realism, joy and pain, this rap duo—rightfully known to the world as the Ying Yang Twins—has re-emerged harder, faster and more complex than ever before.

“Our album, The United State of Atlanta (TVT, 2005), drops on June 28,” explains the 26-year-old Kaine as he quietly steps out of his ’68 Dodge Charger. “We really are the yin and the yang of the world. We speak for all of the people being happy in life, and we speak about pain for all of the pain in the world. Music is a universal language given to us by the Grace of God. The push comes from the industry, but words are all from a feeling of being at the bottom and sharing it with everyone.”

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Kaine’s philosophical outlook on music and life may surprise many who’ve come to know the Twins by carefree, club hits like “Whistle While You Twurk,” “Salt Shaker,” and their recent phenomenon, “Wait (Whisper Song)”. The single, about a guy whispering in the ear of a girl he’s trying to get with, has earned a lot of success for the Ying Yang Twins. However, along with their naturally embedded crunk, the boys insist that there’s more to the flamboyant duo than meets the eye, and their latest album is perhaps a clear case in point of both sides of the coin.

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“We’re the most misunderstood group,” continues Kaine in the midst of quoting poets like Emerson. “We write from the heart. Our track record is like no other; our vocals is left field; we be on some other ish. The trials and tribulations of life is the thing that educates me. It’s not all strip clubs and fun on this album.” Putting together a song with Maroon 5 called “Live A gain” and another with Anthony Hamilton called “Belle” (an Al Green remake), Kaine claims they touch on everything.

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“I’m a well-rounded, open-minded person who listens to everything,” echoes D-Roc, the more animated and hyper of the two. “The R&B, rock, house, country, Hip-Hop; I listened to everything growing up. We just put out good music. You can’t satisfy everyone, and me personally, I don’t give a f*ck about what anyone thinks of me.”

Like their music and their no-ish having attitudes, the Ying Yang Twins translate their old souls into the love of their classic vehicles. Sporting a ’64 pearl white custom-painted Lincoln Continental is a dream cascaded into reality for D-Roc. Resting on Falken FK 451 GR-Beta tires and Symbolic SL-7 20-inch wheels, the Lincoln provides Atlanta’s soldier with the proper look. Meanwhile two Rockford Fosgate 10” punch subwoofers, two power series amps, and an Alpine 9776 multi-media player allow him to make enough noise wherever his music takes him. The interior of his ’64 Lincoln is plastered with white Gucci print with black leather accents and Gucci logos are painted on the exterior body of the car, courtesy of Bostoli’s Auto Body in Inglewood, Calif.  Weighing in at over 5,000 lbs, the old school ride packs a 320 hp V-8 engine that’ll keep the energetic MC ahead of the pack on or off the road.

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