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USA (United State of Atlanta)
     

USA (United State of Atlanta)

by Ying Yang Twins
 

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The Ying Yang Twins widen their narrow spectrum with USA (United State of Atlanta) by adding Black Eyed Peas and OutKast's attitudes toward albums to their already slick and sleazy party crunk. At 77 minutes and 23 tracks, the sprawling album is weighed down by some filler and redundant numbers, but as a step

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The Ying Yang Twins widen their narrow spectrum with USA (United State of Atlanta) by adding Black Eyed Peas and OutKast's attitudes toward albums to their already slick and sleazy party crunk. At 77 minutes and 23 tracks, the sprawling album is weighed down by some filler and redundant numbers, but as a step forward for a party band riding on whatever the Dirty South sound of the moment is, it's surprisingly bold and accomplished. At the time of its release, the sleazy, catchy, and downright gimmicky "Wait (The Whisper Song)" was blowing up on radio, but as another party single from a group that's released a truckload, it doesn't represent the risk-taking attitude of the album. Although a guest shot from Maroon 5's Adam Levine seems like an uninspired attempt at pop crossover, the alterna-singer blends well with the boys on "Live Again," a look inside the life of a stripper that's deep and bleak, not misguided and ridiculous like you'd expect from these former jokesters. Southern regulars like Mike Jones, B.G., Pitbull, and Lil Scrappy all shine here, but the earthy and soulful Anthony Hamilton rises above all others, taking the Twins deep into the world of the Isley Brothers on the sincere and spiritual "Long Time." "Ghetto Classics" is the album's mind-blowing moment, with the duo commenting on African-Americans' role in the military and urban history over a fierce Art of Noise loop. Anchoring all this musical exploration is the usual riding on 24s, bragging about their grills, worshiping booty, and the other hedonistic things that are at the heart of the best Ying Yang tracks. The middle of the album is devoted to freaky sex with "Wait" as the centerpiece, so don't think they're trying to deliver a crunk What's Going On as much as a dirtier Elephunk. They succeed, and had they named the album after "Ghetto Classics" they would have been only slightly overselling it. [USA (United State of Atlanta)

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581252325
catalogNumber:
2523

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Performance Credits

Ying Yang Twins   Primary Artist
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Craig Love   Guitar
Homebwoi   Track Performer
Miranda Lee Kenady   Vocals
Da Muzicianz   Track Performer
Anwar   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Anne Dudley   Composer
George Kranz   Producer
C.P. Love   Composer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik   Composer
Michael Sterling   Engineer
M. Wright   Composer
Todd Fairall   Engineer
Jason Arnold   Composer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Michael Watts   Engineer
M. Sterling   Composer
Bryan Leach   Executive Producer
B.R. Sams   Composer
Wassim Zreik   Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
T. Horn   Composer
Darren Rapp   Engineer
Tom Slick   Producer
C. Holmes   Composer
Joel Mullis   Engineer
A. Judson Green   Composer
Collipark   Audio Production
Countrie Biggz   Engineer
Courtney Holmes   Engineer
Steven Schopp   Engineer
Jesse Tolbert   Engineer
Steve Fisher   Engineer

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