Singled Out: "If A Track Doesn't Move Ying Yang Twins, Then We Can't Make It Help People Move"
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 3:45PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Kid Daytona broke down his new Jadakiss-featured "Low" anthem, Ying Yang Twins bust out their "Fist Pump" track.]
"Fist Pump" isn't generally my favorite type of record. Those usually come from D-Roc's perspective, but as the Ying Yang Twins, we always follow through. The track was brought to our attention through Ike Dirty.
Ike Dirty put his hands on the track and then our manager reached out to another producer to get blessed on the track after Ike had done the original production. From then, it took flight from the idea that D-Roc had.
Ying Yang goes together like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. D-Roc came with the idea. The way it actually came out is Ike played the track, D-Roc came out with what you're hearing on the hook. We just really love what we do. We don't really try to get involved with a track that doesn't get a certain type of feeling out of us.
If a track doesn't make us move, then we can't make it help people move. That's really what it is. That's what we do. The "Fist Pump" is about us coming out to the now. We can't come out to the then. We've got to come out to the future. -Kaine
The record came to me because I listen to a lot of radio, especially when I'm on the road and a lot of things I'm hearing is party music. That's what everyone is doing around the world. I want to party too because Ying Yang is the life of the party.
That's what it was off the top and then I started thinking, "What does everybody do once their song comes on and everybody starts fist pumping?" I see people fist-pumping. -D-Roc
Atlanta's party rap duo Ying Yang Twins scored a hit with the single "Whistle While You Twurk," which received nationwide airplay on urban and crossover radio stations. Their full-length debut album, Thug Walkin', appeared later in 2000. Alley...Return of the Ying Yang Twins from 2002 sold well down South, but it was the duo's 2003 team-up with Lil Jon -- "the King of Crunk" -- that brought them nationwide success. The party anthem "Salt Shaker" was a massive club and radio hit and soon had the TVT label chasing the duo to sign. They did, and their first album for the label, Me & My Brother, yielded two more crunk hits, "What's Happnin!" and "Naggin'." The same year the duo appeared on Britney Spears' album In the Zone and her television special of the same name. In 2004, TVT released the remix-filled My Brother & Me with a bonus DVD of the group's videos. USA (United State of Atlanta) appeared in the summer of 2005 as its single "Wait (The Whisper Song)" was dominating urban radio. Chemically Imbalanced followed in 2006.
Check out "Fist Pump" below: