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The Ying Yang Twins aren't actually twins. In fact, they aren't even that much alike. Childhood friends Eric Jackson and Deongelo Holmes share different interests, looks, and personalities - the one thing they have in common is a passion for music. When the two formed a hip-hop duo in the late 1990's, they decided to call themselves the Ying Yang Twins; a nod to both the Oriental duality concept (in Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang refer to a set of ideas that are simultaneously opposing and complimentary) and the idea that they vibe off of each other like brothers.

When the Atlanta crunk scene (a genre of hip-hop mixing the snare-based club friendly dance rythms of snap rap with the sexually explicit lyrics of the Miami bass scene, a-la 2 Live Crew) began blowing up in the early 2000's thanks to mainstream hit singles by the likes of Lil' Jon and 3 6 Mafia, the Ying Yang twins managed to make a name for themselves by developing a unique image. Like 1990's rap collective Wu-Tang Clan, the Ying Yang Twins developed a somewhat mysterious Oriental-influenced style that set them apart from other run-of-the-mill crunk acts.

After releasing a number of albums on independent label Koch International, the duo achieved mainstream success in 2003 with the release of Me & My Brother on major label TVT Records. The record sold over a million copies in the United States alone, thanks to the popularity of singles Naggin and Salt Shaker. They quickly backed up their success by releasing another album, My Brother & Me, less than a year later.

Their third major release, 2005's U.S.A. (United States of Atlanta), proved to the world that crunk wasn't dead - the album went on to sell over 900,000 copies, riding on the momentum of hits like Shake and Wait. While their next two releases - 2006's U.S.A. Still United and 2007's Chemically Imbalanced - only sold modestly, the pair hopes to up the ante with their upcoming release, ATL Holes. The first confirmed single off the album, Drop, hits the airwaves spring 2008.

From Discogs:

As kings of the club circuit, the Ying Yang Twins have ridden their zany, cartoonish personas, witty lyrics and Grade-A production to the top of the charts. The Atlanta-based duo of Kaine and D-Roc released in 2003 it's acclaimed third album, the platinum "Me & My Brother", which spawned the hits "Salt Shaker," feat. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz and "Whats Happnin!," feat. Trick Daddy. Even though the Ying Yang Twins exploded in 2003, the pair already had two hit albums (2000's Thug Walkin and 2002's Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins) and a string of hit radio and club singles ("Whistle While You Twurk", "Ying Yang In This Thang", "Say I Yi Yi" and "By Myself") to their credit. The instant success of both "Whistle While You Twurk" and "Ying Yang In This Thang" made Ying Yang Twins immediate players in the hip-hop field. Subsequent hits, "Say I Yi Yi" and "By Myself" established Kaine and D-Roc as hip-hop's premier party-starters and earned them guest spots on albums from from Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz and Kizzy Rock.

From Lastfm:

The Ying Yang Twins are a crunk rap duo from Atlanta, Georgia consisting of Eric "Kaine" Jackson and Deongelo "D-Roc" Holmes. They are best known for being featured on Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz hit single Get Low which reached #1 on the Billboard 100. After forming in 2000 they released their debut album Thug Walkin' the same year and followed this with 2002's Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins, 2003's Me & My Brother, 2005's U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta), 2006's Chemically Imbalanced and 2009's Ying Yang Forever.

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From Wikipedia:

The Ying Yang Twins are an Atlanta-based American hip hop duo consisting of Kaine (born Eric Jackson on December 16, 1978) and D-Roc (born De'Angelo Holmes on February 23, 1979). The group debuted in 2000 and rose to mainstream popularity in 2003 collaborating with Lil Jon in his single "Get Low". In 2004 and 2005, Ying Yang Twins became more popular with party singles "Salt Shaker", "What's Happnin", "Shake", and "Badd". They have received notoriety for their song "Halftime (ft. Homebwoi)" which is played at New Orleans Saints homegames after most touchdowns.

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