Twins is an Atlanta-based rap duo consisting of brothers Kaine
and D-Roc. Their music focuses on party, sexual and relationship
themes, and is often quite vulgar. Just when you've thought you've
seen and heard it all, in comes the Ying Yang Twins with their
hot single "Whistle While You Twurk", taking the club
scene and the Billboard rap charts by storm. With their sizzling
debut album, Thug Walkin' a musical stroll through the lives of
D-Roc and Kaine the Twins are ready to set the world on fire with
their high energy music.
"We call the album
Thug Walkin' because that's what we're doing every day of our
lives, thug walkin'," says Kaine. "Where I come from,
real thugs have heart. They listen to reason. They're not fake.
Every time they get drunk or high they getting' all
loud with somebody. Naw, our definition of a thug is just somebody
trying to get through life in the ghetto."
The Twins grew up in
rough and rowdy East Atlanta, a place that has seen its share
of violence and poverty (not to be confused with Atlanta's East
Point district). According to the Ying Yang Twins, when they were
kids East ATL was a good
place to grow up in spite of all the negative things that go on
today. "We were raised in East Atlanta, " says Kaine.
"It's in the heart of Atlanta. It's a rough hood, but people
looked out for one another when we were coming up."
Despite the roughness
of their of their neighborhood, D-Roc (D'Angelo Holmes) and Kaine
(Eric Jackson), who have known each other for six years, found
their way out of trouble via music. "D-Roc and Smurf had
been in the game way before me," says Kaine. "At the
time we were doing this other project called True Dawgs but the
record company didn't know what to do with us or our style of
music." Back then, the two were drawing inspiration from
old school hip-hop as well as Atlanta's town bass scene and synthesizing
them into something new. Their music was part of the early beginnings
of the 'crunk' phenomenon. Shortly after their deal went sour,
the duo made a guest appearance on ATL's legendary DJ Smurf's
Dead Crunk LP. After hearing the chemistry between the two on
his record, DJ Smurf suggested that they ought to stay together
as a group instead of pursuing solo careers. "I came up with
the idea for the Ying Yang twins," says Kaine. "I brought
it by D-Roc, he liked it, so we ran from there."
As the Ying Yang Twins,
the crafty duo have been winning over scores of fans with their
electrifying shows and guest appearances on DJ Kizzy Rock's Grand
Champion and So So Def's Bass Compilation Vol. 4. But it wasn't
until the twins
dropped their surprise hit "Whistle While You Twurk"
an infectious track that has become the national anthem for exotic
dancers everywhere that their star really began to shine. "We
really just put that song out for the strip clubs in the ATL,"
says D-Roc. "We didn't plan on that song getting Universal's
attention 'cause everybody don't know what Magic City, Blue Flame
or Foxy Lady was."
In no time, "Whistle
While You Twurk" went from being a local hit to occupying
the number one spot on the Billboard rap singles chart. Thug Walkin',
the Twins' highly charged dynamic debut LP, was recorded in a
week and promises to be one of he hottest records of the year.
Produced by Beat-In-Azz,
Thug Walkin' contains over 70 minutes of high-energy beats and
thunderous, gut-wrenching 808 bass. From the explosive opening
track, "Ying Yang In This Thang" featuring the Hoodratz,
down to the hyper crunk "Whistle While You Twurk" remixes,
Thug Walkin' has so much energy that it will jumpstart a dead
man's heart. But for those who need to slow down for a pit stop,
don't fret. Ying Yang has got you covered with the smooth pimped
out playa's anthem "Ballin' G's" and the cruising anthem
of the year, "A!" the rowdy laid-back tribute to the
With their debut LP
Thug Walkin', the Ying Yang Twins invite you to take a walk on
the thug side of the ATL. They're willing to be that once you
take that stroll, it will be a journey you'll never forget.