Yang Twins - Whispering Lullabies
As the turn
of the millennium took place, the crunk wave really kicked off.
Lil' Jon, The East Side Boyz and the Ying Yang Twins went from
being condescendingly looked upon to become multi-platinum selling
superstars. With their simplistic hooks, the clique grew larger
and larger and their club anthems received heavy amounts of spins
on a nightly basis.
third album "U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)," the
Ying Yang Twins aim to present not only a different impression
of themselves but also of their beloved state. The album drops
on June 28th with guests ranging from the typical line up (Lil'
Jon for example) to that you wouldn't necessarily expect (Maroon
MVRemix: Tell me about how the group's name came about.
and myself, we're totally opposite. You know, at a time where
he might wanna bring peace. I want war. You know what I'm sayin'?
Anytime he gon' say "Yay!" I'ma say "Nay!"
But once we get together on wax, it always comes out to be perfect.
There was no other route to go but to say that we was the Ying
Yang Twins 'cause any time one of us is up, the other is usually
are your thoughts on the current standing of The Source magazine
and your feelings on being awarded group of the year last year?
Source? You know, it's a great magazine. It's good exploitation
what the game has to offer from a lot of rappers and other artists
as well. Bein' awarded group of the year? That was somethin' that
we never thought would've happened to us. The people made that
possible. We figure the people would be better able to answer
that on our behalf than we would.
me about "U.S.A." ("United State Of Atlanta").
State of Altanta," it's to let people understand Atlanta
on the whole other than just bein' crunk. Like you see Atlanta
right now, everybody just bein' crunk and don't really know Atlanta
as bein' a united state. We do everything that everybody else
do - "United State of Atlanta" gon' be able to get that
across so people can understand Atlanta on the whole, other than
just bein' crunk. We got a bunch of cool features on there too.
As far as features we got Anthony Hamilton, Maroon 5, Jacki-O...
Jon, Bun B of UGK...
just tryin' to get everybody as a whole so everybody can understand
Atlanta for what Atlanta's worth. Not just bein' crunk.
song took you the longest to do on the album?
of the feature songs. All of the other songs we did and then most
of the featured songs we already had, we just had to wait on the
you had to compare the album to a designer label or car, which
would you choose and why?
label or a car! Sean John and a Bentley because Ying Yang has
stiffened up. We 'bout to show the world all we capable of. Not
just what they know us for 'cause they don't know the group on
the whole yet that way.
the choice for "Wait" as the first single?
"Wait" wasn't supposed to be the first single but it
got leaked. Somebody leaked it - somebody broke it and we had
to fix it. They broke it, we fixed it, they broke it - we fixed
it. Just had to take it from there... it was a blessing that God
sent us, that's what I think.
did the idea come about?
you in the club it's very unpractical to be yellin' at her things,
but you whisper in her ear - it kind of attracts her and it turns
sends a sense of erotica - it's like bein' grown and sexy. It's
like comin' a whole 'nother way other than what we known for.
It's more like an adult approach.
came up with the idea for the video?
X took our vision and ran with it.
respect to X on the video! He did his thing.
you two believe that you'd still have this success without the
success of Lil Jon? Or do you believe that you would, it would
just have come at a later point?
would have still had the same success.
crazy stories about touring and/or groupies?
man, just bein' on the road is a wonderful thing you know. The
most crazy stories I can tell you is fights... that's real.
made various film cameos, any plans to act in a larger role?
tryin' to do a little TV now. We gon' through with MTV tryin'
to get that handled, so... We tryin' to get on in there.
fun with this one, a la "Fight Club," "If you could
fight any celebrity, who would you fight?"
annoys me? Damn... That's a good question 'cause we annoy most
D-Roc: I know
a lot of people probably wanna fight us.
is the biggest misconception people have of you?
that we're not grown just by what they hear on lyrics or some
of the songs they hear us produce.
you believe you'll ever be appreciated for your songwriting skills?
done stayed in the game this far from them callin' us a novelty
group or a one-hit wonder group. So what you think?
from the album, have you been working on any other projects?
got somethin' comin' up on the future Mike Jones album, the new
artist that just dropped. We weren't album to make this album
("Who is Mike Jones?"). We gonna guest on Jacki-O's
album "Po Little Rich Girl." We do what we can do when
people wanna deal with us.
from your music, do you have any other projects in the works?
Business endeavours or whatnot?
got some stuff brewin'. We got some stuff brewin'...
ain't got it all in order yet, but we workin' on it. Tryin' to
get the album out there first.
we our fans' number one fans.
love our fans very much. Without them there would be no such thing
as the Ying Yang Twins.
Ying Yang Twins on Their Changing Neighborhood
Brandon Lofton and Anika Singh
Shortly after the release of their new album, “Me and My
Brother,” The Next American City interviewed the Ying Yang
Twins. An Atlanta-based hip-hop duo, the group is known for dance
floor hits like “Shake it Like a Salt Shaker,” “Naggin’,”
and “Whistle While You Twurk.” Kaine and D-Roc, both
25 years old, chatted with TNAC about their hometown of Atlanta
and how “Calling All Zones,” a track from “Me
and My Brother,” grapples with changing demographics and
the evolving experience of growing up in East Atlanta. “Zones”
refers to geographic areas in Atlanta. According to the Ying Yang
Twins, anything lying outside of Zones 1-6 simply is not part
of Atlanta. And Zone 6, including East Atlanta, is at risk of
becoming a completely different place than the neighborhood they
grew up in during the 1980s and ‘90s. —Brandon Lofton
and Anika Singh
us a little bit about “Calling All Zones.”
All Zones” was a song that not only spoke for plenty years
the horror of Atlanta. So to live in Atlanta you have to only
understand one county, Fulton County. If you don’t live
in Fulton County, you are not from Atlanta. Or you don’t
live in Atlanta. Or if you weren’t born at Graydon Memorial
Hospital, you know what I’m sayin’, you ain’t
no A-town, baby. So what we did, we made the song to s*** down
folk talking about—‘I was down in Atlanta, but I was
down in Marietta.’ See now, you were in Marietta, you weren’t
in Atlanta. ‘I was down in Smyrna.’ Uh-uh. ‘I
was down in Conyers.’ Uh-uh. ‘I was down in Riverdale.’
Uh-uh. ‘I was down in Stone Mountain.’ Uh-uh. All
those is other cities in Georgia. Atlanta is just Atlanta. It’s
the capital city. It’s the grittiest city of the state.
and myself was, what, eight, nine, and ten... the projects only
existed in Atlanta. That was Atlanta. When you go to Stone Mountain,
Stone Mountain has never not been good living. College Point has
never not been good living. Where we come from was not good living.
The projects didn’t even look as good as they did just before
they started tearing them down.
would you describe what is going on right now in those neighborhoods
that you mentioned?
D-Roc: A lot
[of the projects], they not even standing. They knocked them down.
They making them townhouses.
so our kids ain’t gonna know nothing about this. That’s
what it was. So that’s what really be hurting our feelings.
D-Roc: A lot
of things we be talking about in “Calling all Zones”
are gone. A lot of kids who are growin’ up now who are like
ten, eleven, don’t even know about half the stuff we are
talkin’, in Atlanta.
the reason why we really made [the song is] because there are
a lot of people not really from Atlanta, man; they be comin’
up here doin’ everything, screamin’, yellin’,
from the A-town. Cause I from A-town: eastside, westside, southside,
I can get out the car and stop anywhere. In the worst part or
all the better parts. I prefer to stay in the worst parts though
because they keep my heart real with me.
gonna have to do nothing [to combat gentrification] because everything
is a full circle. They turned East Lake Meadow, little Vietnam,
into the Villas of East Lake. They put a damn Publix grocery store
[a Southern chain known for catering to high-end customers] across
a golf course, in the middle of projects, in the middle of the
is gonna have to happen because people, they have done away with
welfare, but they have to have. Certain people just can’t;
some people still make it out of it while still being within the
city limits of Atlanta. So they have to go and start a “Hood”
program, and they still a ghetto motherf***er in the Villas of
East Lake. So, it’s gonna come back full circle. They go
on tear it down and tear it up again; we just gonna keep on seeing
it more than once.
people are being forced out of their neighborhoods—where
is everybody going?
people can’t make it man, so they turn—
going to the outskirts. Cobb County.
TNAC: So what
is the role of music in all this?
far as our city, which is our life, I just want people to know
the real end of it.
You got a
one-way ticket to hell,
in the middle of the ATL,
And aww, I
dont wanna hustle no more but the streets wont let me gao,
All my n****s
Zone 1 (right
here), Zone 2 (right here), Zone 3 Zone 4 (right here), Zone 5
and 6, but that’s it.
For a n****
with a dream,
And they make
it so seem,
But ride through
And The Streets
All I see
is drug deals, big wheels and fiends,
But any way
they took East Atlanta back,
Vietnam to a white folks town,
When you speaking
‘bout Atlanta mention Ying Yang Twins,
God done made
it hard for us,
outta towners came here and f***ed s*** up,
can’t f*** with us, cause as soon as s*** start goin on
you leave Atlanta and go right back home.