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What do "Salt Shaker", "Badd", "Shake" featuring Pitbull, "Wait (The Whisper Song)", "Bedroom Boom" and more have in common? After selling over 2.5 million albums, The Ying Yang Twins have shaken off the novelty rap label and evolved into a massive hit making machine dominating BET, MTV, radio, the internet, magazine covers, you name it. With this year's release of the new single "Dangerous" featuring and produced by Wyclef, their sound has evolved yet again, while still maintaining the Ying Yang infamous party edge. Ying Yang has increased its fan base with each album and this year will be even BIGGER and more comically deranged!!! Or is that "Chemically Imbalanced"?! Hanh!
The Ying Yang Twins leave the yin and the yang behind on their fifth disc in favor of full-on freaky imbalance (the chemical part comes courtesy of themes and song titles like "Smoke Break" and "Patron"). But collaborative disorientation rarely makes so much sense: an "Intro" by executive producer Mr. Collipark alerts fans that the first half of the disc is standard YY--party beats, strip-club dramas, crunky wild-child stuff--while the second half tries a little harder, bringing co-producer Wyclef on board for a reach at lyricism and melody. Whether you shuffle the tracks or play it straight, though, the Twins come across at ease throughout. First single "Dangerous," with Wyclef, takes leave of raunch in favor of a kind of souped-up hip-hop sensuality, and "Jack It Up" jerks listeners back to the ATL with a dose of Lil Jon-style dirtiness. As musical experimentation goes, Imbalanced lacks the cleverness of 2005's USA: United States of Atlanta, but only because it doesn't get much cleverer than that disc's "Wait (The Whisper Song)." Still, if Chemically Imbalanced proves anything, it's that Ying Yang Twins have a lock on innovation. Even when they're out of synch. --Tammy La Gorce
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.45 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Tvt
- Item model number : 1980031
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : January 28, 2007
- Label : Tvt
- ASIN : B000J1040Q
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #440,127 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The first single, Dangerous, is amazingly produced; it's just so smooth that you can't help but love it. A simple, almost minimalistic guitar-rhythm lays the ground for this hypnotizing melody. Though the Twins aren't reaching for the stars lyrically, they definitely don't subtract from the quality of this extremely dope track. With an almost 70s blaxpoitation feel to it, and samples from classic tracks like Maneater(Hall & Oates, not Furtado) and Black Betty, this track feels almost groundbreaking in its complete lack of concern for mainstream standards.
That's not the only dope track on this album, though. The rock-tinged Keep On Comin', the chopped and screwed Jigglin', the loungeroom qualities of Big Boy Liquor, the sure-to-be club anthems of Collared Greens, as well as Water, the sentimental Family, jazzy Friday, or the ivory white tinkling of Leave. There are too many highlights on this album to name, and the Ying Yang Twins have benefitted greatly from their refusal to follow industry trends. Like them or not, the Ying Yang Twins we're doing crunk long before Get Low was the club-banger it was in 2003, and they were dropping Wait(The Whisper Song) before snap became the most radio-dominated sub-genre of hip-hop. The Twins haven't followed trends, they've set them.
The Ying Yang Twins have transcended genre boundaries with this release. If you're a fan of mainstream hip-hop, then you'll definitely love this album; it has more than enough hot beats, and catchy hooks to keep you entertained for awhile. However, if you're a fan of underground hip-hop, you should also appreciate this release; it's good music, plain and simple. The Ying Yang Twins maybe mediocre on the microphone, but their creativity more than makes up for their lack of profound lyricism. It's hard to find a hip-hop album this diverse musically that doesn't have Danger Mouse's stamp on it, and it's nearly impossible to find it in the realm of commercial hip-hop; the Ying Yang Twins couldn't give a ****, though.
A Ying Yang Twins greatest hits from their previous releases couldn't even touch this album; this will be looked at as the definitive Ying Yang Twins LP within years to come. While U.S.A. was a relatively weak effort, it showed the Twins in a transitional period; this is the result. And the result is a shockingly dope album from a pair of rappers I never thought were capable of such ill music. The Twins may not be as responsible for this album's success as the producers, which include the legendary Wyclef Jean and Jerry Wonder, as well as Mr. Collipark, but they still deserve equal credit for making these songs work. Pick this album up; you'll be pleasantly surprised.