Twinz - Conversation
Projects often need a little help from an established name to create
an interest. Kadeem Hardison never would've been a star on "A Different
World" if Bill Cosby didn't conjure up the spin-off, nobody would eat Super
Golden Crunch if it weren't for Sugar Bear, and it took 40 of our very dopest
forefathers to get people to start reading the Declaration of Independence.
People take comfort in knowing that what they're about to indulge in has also
been endorsed by someone with a successful track record.
CONVERSATION, the 1995 release by TWINZ, was produced by rap all-star
Warren G for the trusted Def Jam music group. Long a member of the hip-hop
scene, Warren G (the mastermind behind the dogg pound anthems
"Regulator" and "Smokin' Me Out", as well as the street-compatible remake of
"I Shot the Sheriff") seems to have a knack for combining hardcore lyrics
with slow pleasing bass lines.
All too often, good rap lyrics are wasted in sloppy low-fluidity
beats which leave the listener yearning for a chance to tear it up. TWINZ,
which non-coincidentally consists of lookalike brothers Trip Loc and Wayniac,
thumps with confidence down the path mowed by their producer. Smoothness
glides down this album like an eight-year old on an afternoon Slip N' Slide,
while the vocals effectively guide each track into the early dusk of the cool
In the true style of the artists, the album contains two separate
pairs of back-to-back knockout songs. Track 5, "Jump Ta This", takes over
your brain and makes you get freaky, only to be outdone by the blissful easy
jam of track 6's "Eastside LB". That song confirms the accepted truth that
"an eastside party ain't no joke". The second terrific twosome begins with
song 9. "Journey Wit Me" drops some weighty bass right on time, and also
features verses by the best actual singer in the industry, the incomparable
Nate Dogg. The next song, "Hollywood" follows with a solid chorus and a
memorable beat. Also turn up the first song of the album, "Round and Round",
which not only contains sweet sweet harmony, but also a sample from Rudy Ray
"Dolomite" Moore; and don't forget track 12's enjoyable "Pass It On".
In a year that has featured Dr. Dre producing the daft and
small-time Eminem, and the inexperienced Ma$e putting together the
cotton-candy Harlem World (whose best move was putting the increasingly more
attractive Mowry twins in their video), it's easy to be skeptical about the
work of recognizable artists-turned-producers. Warren G might have struck
out twice in the same Rock N' Jock softball game, but he thankfully didn't
swing and miss with TWINZ.
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