Ying Yang Twins "Live Again" f/ Adam Levine (2005)
Wait, wut?! The Ying Yang Twins and Adam Levine? The Ying Yang Twins in 2013, in general? So, this is an installment of #OldSchoolSundays that stemmed from a conversation with 5ABIOmatic earlier this week. We were talking about his first edition of Spoken Funk Fridays and certain hip hop songs that incorporate spoken word. I brought up Kanye's "Never Let Me Down" f/ Jay Z & J-Ivy and he brought up Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, & CurT@!n$' "Live Again". I'll let him cover both of these in future blog posts, but the title "Live Again" triggered a thought, 'What was that song I always listened to in high school all the time named "Live Again"?'
Oh yeah! The odd pairing of Ying Yang Twins and Adam Levine. Ha! I remember thinking the first time I heard the track: how is this going to work? Ying Yang Twins are best known for "Wait" and Adam Levine was just coming into his own as one of the biggest pop vocalists of the mid 2000s for songs that aren't along the same topic as "Wait". Of course, I had to dig up the record again and it passes in flying colors. I've been listening to it all week and was excited to share this unusual pick for today.
Adam Levine laces a nice chorus over an addicting electronic-inspired, bouncy hip hop beat while the Ying Yang Twins actually tell a compelling story of "the life of a stripper" who is doing the job just to get by. The uncredited female singer on the hook provides a fast stream of thoughts and perspective for the "stripper" too, adding to the story even more. And yes, the different styles of each Ying Yang Twin deliver the story well, with some engaging verses. I remember putting this on repeat back in the day, and find myself playing it as part of my everyday rotation for the past few days. Don't sleep on this odd collab on paper — but one that really works.
OH, and bonus points for the hilarious text and annotations that randomly pop up in this YouTube stream of the song above. Hah, you'll see..
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