Ying Yang Twins Biography

Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the Ying Yang Twins comprises friends Kaine (Eric Jackson, 16 December 1978, USA) and D-Roc (b. D’Angelo Holmes, 13 February 1979, USA). The duo first came together in 1996, after a mutual acquaintance introduced them. They quickly realized that their rhyming styles complimented each other perfectly, but the only problem was that D-Roc was already signed to Ichiban Records as a solo artist (having issued the largely ignored True Dawgs). The label graciously allowed D-Roc to record elsewhere, as he and Kaine worked on a session with renowned rap producer Beat-In-Azz (who at the time, went by the name DJ Smurf), appearing together on his Dead Crunk album. The producer was instantly taken by the chemistry between the pair and convinced them that they should begin recording together. They heeded the producer’s advice, and began performing as the Ying Yang Twins. Despite having to sleep in their cars for a spell they refused to let their dreams die, and by the turn of the century a buzz began to build around the duo. This was owing in part to their appearances on the compilations DJ Kizzy Rock’s Grand Champion and So So Def’s Bass Compilation Vol. 4., and the attendant rise of the Dirty South rap scene as a national commercial force.

Soon afterwards, the duo recorded tracks for their debut album. With Beat-In-Azz overseeing the sessions, the Ying Yang Twins released Thug Walkin’ in the spring of 2000. The album spawned, ‘Whistle While You Twurk’, which reached the top of the Billboard rap charts. The duo’s second album, Alley … The Return Of The Ying Yang Twins, followed in 2002, and spawned another hit, ‘Say I Yi Yi’. The duo made their debut for TVT Records the following year with the Top 20 album, Me & My Brother. The 2005 follow-up U.S.A.: United State Of Atlanta was even more successful, reaching number 2 on the mainstream US charts.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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