Ying Yang Twins – U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)

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Ying Yang Twins
Artist: Ying Yang Twins
Title: U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)
Label: TVT
Rating: 6/10

CORPORATE LINE: Atlanta’s Ying Yang Twins follow up their platinum breakthrough TVT Records cd, “Me & My Brother” and its massive hit “Salt Shaker”, with the album of their career, “United State Of Atlanta.” Kaine and D-Roc’s latest smash, “Wait (The Whisper Song),” dominated clubs, radio and TV music video countdowns throughout the spring of 2005. A second single, “Badd” featuring Mike Jones looks just as strong, even as fans can’t get enough of the “Wait” remix featuring Lil Scrappy, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot and 106 & Park’s Free. No longer just a Dirty South phenomenon, Ying Yang Twins have enlisted the help of guest stars Anthony Hamilton, Pitbull, Maroon 5 (yes that Maroon 5), Bun B, BG, Avant, Jacki-O and r&b singer Teedra Moses to present their most diverse and surprising album yet. Once again, DJ Smurf handles a lot of the production duties, and Lil Jon oversaw a track for his homies as well.

THE GREAT:
“Live Again” f/Adam Levine of Maroon 5 – As corny as the hook sounds the song is an interesting narrative about a stripper trying to change her life.
“The Walk” – Definitely inspired—ripped—from Lil Jon. You won’t soon forget it.

THE AVERAGE:
“Long Time” f/Anthony Hamilton – Hamilton gets off a great chorus but Kaine’s rhyming sounds like he’s straining to get every word out.
“23 Hr. Lockdown” f/Bun B – Bun B takes his partner Pimp C’s incarceration to heart while the Twins roll with the life of an inmate.
“My Brother’s Keeper” f/Anwar – Sentimental—probably too much so. It’s hard to take these guys serious after they’ve already dropped it nasty.
“Bedroom Boom” f/Avant – Ying Yang isn’t afraid of getting nasty. Avant drops a hook that is raunchy and yet it its hot flow that keeps it going.

THE BAD:
“Wait” – Funny—if you dug the 2 Live Crew then you might want to swing it.

FRANKLY: The Ying Yang Twins won’t rock you with their insight—it’s their humor and eccentricity that get the party started. As usually there are more guest stars on a Ying Yang Twins album than in the entire Live 8 broadcast. Can YYT bring it alone or do they need the backup? It’s hard to tell since they rarely take a track alone that rocks the party.

+ CC Morris

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