Froback Friday: "Say I Yi Yi"


Froback Friday is a weekly feature of a music video from the platinum age of hip hop. 1998-2003, when rap was truly crossing over into the mainstream and I was regularly attending middle school dances.

In the year 2000, the duo of Kaine and D-Roc, known as the Ying Yang Twins – despite not being twins nor brothers – debuted with their single “Whistle While You Twurk.”It was New Orleans bounce music as interpreted by the Atlanta pillow bass-influenced producers Mr. Collipark and Lil Jon, about twerking and vaginal flatulence (which can occur from both sex or stretching/exercise). As Dr. Plies, Ph.d will tell you, it’s just air gettin’ in it. The Ying Yang Twins replicated that formula for the better part of a decade before 2006 when the third “lost” season of Chappelle’s Show aired, lampooning their appearance on MTV Cribs. Despite the vast influence of their “Haaaaahnn” ad-lib, the duo’s last hit single was released in 2006, though they’re still making music to this day.

The Ying Yang Twins’ biggest hit was 2003’s “Salt Shaker,” but real hip-hop heads know it was basically the same song as 2002’s “Say I Yi Yi,” only with the added Bruce Bruce reference and a classic bounce chant. “I Yi Yi” also focuses more on women enterprising their twerking talent and the video is much better. It takes place at an amusement park within a comic book. Our heroes Ying and Yang (played by Kaine and D-Roc, respectively) show up to their double blind date to play miniature golf, but immediately find two other women they like better at the batting cages. Instead of finishing their date with Dusk and Dawn, the Twins try to elude them and hang out with Cash and Candy. It all culminates on the go-kart track with Dusk and Dawn chasing Ying and Yang with Cash and Candy cheering them on. Finally, when the sun goes down, all six leave together. Because even when they’re hating on the guy, they in the club with them thugs screaming, “I yi yi.”

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