Ying Yang Twins get Union ‘crunk’

March 11, 2008

Badger Herald – If anyone was wondering where the freshmen were on Thursday night, here’s the answer: Hordes of intoxicated undergrads got down at Memorial Union with the Ying Yang Twins, whose explosive show was sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Music Committee.

Opening acts included local rap duo Fall Guys and DJ Kid Cut Up, who spun overplayed hip-hop hits for an hour-and-a-half while concertgoers began to wonder if the Ying Yang Twins were even going to make an appearance.

But D-Roc and Kaine arrived around 11 p.m., opening the show with their 2000 single “Whistle While You Twurk.” In recent years, the Atlanta-based duo has made a name for itself in the genre of crunk rap, which features angry and excited-sounding lyrics, hoarse chants and repetitive beats.

Next, the Ying Yang Twins performed their single “Get Low” while the pulsating crowd pointed to the window and the wall during the song’s infamous chorus. “Say I Yi Yi” paired grinding beats with a chorus that could have been sung by a 5-year-old; this type of onomatopoeia is common in their lyrics, along with the terms “crunk,” “twurk” and “Get low.” Most songs also revolve around favorite pastimes of smoking, driving around and, of course, women.

“I know it’s a lot of y’all big talkin’,” Kaine declared as the sparse beats of “Wait (The Whisper Song)” filled the hall. He called the song “nasty music” — so nasty, in fact, the duo performed an edited version of the track. In an effort not to disappoint, however, the Twins held their microphones to the audience for the infamous whispered chorus.

Finally, they performed the banging club hit “Drop,” a single from the new album The Ying to The Yang, which will be released this spring. “This is my shit!” Kaine yelled as he started headbanging to a sample of “Whoa Black Betty,” which is featured in their single “Dangerous.”

The show’s energy hit a wall, however, after the Ying Yang Twins finished all of their recognizable music and began to simply pace the stage while their DJ played several radio hits. The low point of the show was — no pun intended — when they played Flo Rida’s “Low,” shouting lyrics sporadically while Kaine disappeared mysteriously for several minutes. At this point, concertgoers began to leave by the dozens — they could easily throw a dance party at home and not get carded.

Whoever said white men can’t dance had a point, and the Ying Yang Twins seemed to draw great pleasure from inviting awkward and inebriated fans onstage and watching them try to dance.

“Before we go, I wanna see some of y’all get crunk,” Kaine said, and the crowd followed. The Ying Yang Twins used the resulting on-stage commotion to make an inconspicuous exit, slipping off the stage and out of the Great Hall before too many fans noticed.

Although the Ying Yang Twins began their show with a promising — though delayed —bang, their energy quickly dissolved, and the second half of their set was disappointing.

David Banner: National Black Caucus Award For Hurricane Katrina Efforts

December 4, 2006

 Mississippi’s own David Banner was recently honored with an award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislature (NBCSL) in his home state. Seems like hip hop rappers like Ludacris and David Banner turn to be very most social people after all 😉

According to repots by ABC affiliate WAPT, Banner was presented with the organization’s Visionary Award at a ceremony on Wednesday (November 29) in Jackson, MS for his contributions and efforts in helping to raise millions of dollars in relief funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The rapper was received by a standing ovation from the more than 200 high school students who attended the event.

Though Banner has long been a fixture in the charitable communities of his native state, he took time out in his passionate speech to address those who don’t see him as a role model because of the sometimes explicit lyrics found in his music.

“Regardless of what people say and what they do, I’m in the hood,” said Banner during his acceptance speech. “It hurts me because I hear all these people talking stuff about my lyrics but what you need to do is instead of thinking about the cursing, think about the something that I’m putting in my lyrics. Change our neighborhoods, but they don’t do that.”

He continued by saying, “All those people that say things about David Banner, where were you after Hurricane Katrina when I was handing out boxes? Where were you when I was passing out my own personal shoes? When I went to the coast the day after Katrina struck I was standing next to dead children floating in the water. Where were you? You wonder why we curse in our music, you wonder where the pain comes from, we are gangster because the establishment and neighborhoods we live in are gangster.”

Though the National Black Caucus or its branch in the state of Mississippi made it clear that they do not endorse the rapper’s lyrics or music, they do applaud his charitable efforts. Resiliently, Banner made it clear that he does not apologize for his choice of words and will no longer defend his music to anyone.

The NBCSL serves as a clearinghouse and network for African American legislators and their constituents and has provided the Black community with a vital platform for access, equity and empowerment for over 25 years.

ATL Movie Trailer

July 22, 2006

ATL movie trailer, starring Tip “T.I.” Harris, for those have never seen it.

ATL tells the story of four teens coming of age in a working class Atlanta neighborhood where hip-hop music and roller skating rule. As the group prepares for life after high school, challenges on and off the rink bring about turning points in each of their lives. The film is loosely based on Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins’ experiences growing up in Atlanta and hanging out at a local skating rink called Jellybeans.

ATL Movie Video Clip

July 22, 2006

Here’s a short scene from the ATL movie. The video audio is not that good, but it works.

Btw, ATL DVD came out earlier this week and it’s available in stores.