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November 7, 2012

Nationally known Ying Yang Twins performing tonight in Tifton

TIFTON — The nationally known hip-hop/R&B duo, the Ying Yang Twins, will be performing live in Tifton at La Estrella tonight. The doors open at 10 p.m. and the concert will begin at midnight.

Admission is $10 before midnight. After midnight, the price will go up to $15.

Also, the Ying Yang Twins will be signing autographs from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Golden Corral for all customers who purchase a meal and donate $1 to go towards disabled veterans in the local area.

Local man Jerriel Taylor of Big Boi Entertainment said he and Lenora Benjamin, who’s celebrating her birthday, coordinated the event, including help from promoters John Austile, Kevin Howard and The Glamour Girlz (promoters and models).

Also performing tonight will be DJ Terminator from Atlanta, Tex James and Mul-Ty. Taylor said he recently signed R&B singer Mul-Ty, who has over 300,000 hits on YouTube, to be his manager. Mul-Ty is known for his hit song “Looking for Love.” He’s from Atlanta but currently resides in Thomasville.

The Ying Yang Twins group consists of Kaine (born Eric Jackson) and D-Roc (born De’Angelo Holmes) from Atlanta.

Their hit single “Whistle While You Twurk” in 2000 took their career to another level after coming out in 1998 on the series So So Def Bass All-Stars, Vol. 3, by Jermaine Dupri.

The Gazette had the opportunity to interview Kaine over the phone Wednesday afternoon. He chuckled and stated that when “Whistle While You Twurk” came out, “everything went berserk.” He noted that he and D-Roc worked with Lil Jon prior to collaborating with him on his hit single “Get Low.”

Other popular songs by the group include singles “Salt Shaker,” “What’s Happenin’,” “Shake” and “Badd.”

Kaine said he and D-Roc met when they were 15 years old and then started hanging out together at age 16.

He stated that they started doing music together after one particular day when they saw each other at a store in Atlanta. He said he asked D-Roc if he still rapped, which led to them going to D-Roc’s cousin’s house. They wrote 18 records that same day on the porch. The rest is history.

Kaine said they’re trying to reiterate what they do and what they’re trying to achieve in their career.

“We love music,” he stated.

He said he and D-Roc continue to do 200 shows each year.

“It’s like a never ending story,” Kaine stated. “We still produce the same energy at our concerts as when we first came out.”

He said the fans never change; although, they have noticed that the fans are getting younger each year.

Kaine stated that they still have a lot of respect for the music industry. He noted, “The game has changed tremendously. We’re trying to still exist with the new generation.”

He added that he and D-Roc “still got it.”

“We’re going to keep it,” he stated, laughing. “The Ying Yang Twins are still the Ying Yang Twins.”

They’re currently working on releasing some new music — a mixed tape called “Looking for the Twurkers.”

Kaine said it’s been a while since they’ve performed in Tifton, but they’re looking forward to coming here to put on a great show.

To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.

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