Published on July 4th, 2012 | by DrWass


What Happened?: Ying Yang Twins

Pivotal influences of mainstream ignorant rap, the Ying Yang Twins reached the spotlight in the start of the 2000’s. Rising up out of Atlanta, Georgia, this duo consisted of brothers D-Roc (De’Angelo Holmes) and Kaine (Eric Jackson).

First rising up with their hit single “Whistle While You Twurk,” the Ying Yang Twins took the rap and urban radio stations by storm, peaking at #16 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. This immediate popularity led to the release of their debut album, Thug Walkin’.  Their sophomore album,  Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins (2002), was a major disappointment and did not sell more than 500,000 copies.

Later in 2002, the Ying Yang Twins teamed up and collaborated with Lil Jon for his hit-single “Get Low.” This widely popular song put the Ying Yang Twins back on the map, in a big way. Immediately after the release of “Get Low,” the Ying Yang Twins were signed to TVT Records. Their first album for TVT Records, Me & My Brother,  was certified platinum with singles “Naggin”, “Salt Shaker”, and “Whats Happnin!”

Riding their popularity, they followed up with U.S.A (United States of Atlanta), which also reached Certified Platinum status during the summer of 2005. Singles “Wait (The Whisper Song)”, “Badd”, and “Shake” were dominating urban radio and this could arguably be the peak of the Ying Yang Twins in music.

After the release of U.S.A., the Ying Yang Twins released 2 more albums before breaking off with Mr. Collipark (who produced the majority of their albums). From that point on, they released 1 more album, Ying Yang Forever, under Deep Record Label and have since disappeared.

Apparently they may have an album releasing sometime this year but it would be after a 3 year hiatus.

I can not say that they were beneficial to music, but they did make catchy and fun tracks for the time they were relevant.

With the apparent paradigm shift in hip-hop currently, I don’t see the Ying Yang Twins making a comeback anytime soon. They were fun while they were out, and I guess it would be better for society to remember them as they were.

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When ignorance and consciousness have a happy medium, life is good. Born and raised in the county of Dade, I will be providing articles about hip-hop and sports gaming for your enjoyment.

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