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Twinz: Conversation *

Album Reviews:

Vibe (9/95, p.166) - "...showcases brothers Wayniac and Trip Loc's prolific lyrical skills with R&B tracks tailor-made for the slow roll....make sinister, energetic music that grabs your head and won't let go....further establish[es] Warren G as one of the most talented producers in hip hop..."

Vibe (9/95, p.166) - "...showcases brothers Wayniac and Trip Loc's prolific lyrical skills with R&B tracks tailor-made for the slow roll....make sinister, energetic music that grabs your head and won't let go....further establish[es] Warren G as one of the most talented producers in hip hop..."

The Source (9/95, p.97) - 4 Mics - Slammin' - "...Twinz...create their own niche by staying funky but at the same time incorporating a smoothness that tops any g-funk LP to date....It's safe to assume that the heavily demanded sound from the LBC will continue its legacy..."

The Source (9/95, p.97) - 4 Mics - Slammin' - "...Twinz...create their own niche by staying funky but at the same time incorporating a smoothness that tops any g-funk LP to date....It's safe to assume that the heavily demanded sound from the LBC will continue its legacy..."

Melody Maker (9/16/95, p.37) - "...Twinz pick up on G-Funk's clarity and cleanliness....catch...something of the understated menace that G-Funk was starting to lose late last year, both in terms of delivery--cold as a fresh razor blade--and in textures, the tones..."

Melody Maker (9/16/95, p.37) - "...Twinz pick up on G-Funk's clarity and cleanliness....catch...something of the understated menace that G-Funk was starting to lose late last year, both in terms of delivery--cold as a fresh razor blade--and in textures, the tones..."

Rap Pages (10/95, p.32) - 7 (out of 10) - "...The latest project out the G-Funk Family camp shows that somebody finally sat down and got serious about doing justice to some old-school funk..."

Rap Pages (10/95, p.32) - 7 (out of 10) - "...The latest project out the G-Funk Family camp shows that somebody finally sat down and got serious about doing justice to some old-school funk..."

NME (Magazine) (8/19/95, p.47) - 8 (out of 10) - "...a great, deep-grooving rap album....`1st Round Draft Pick' is the most mysterious noise Warren G's produced, jazz chords unwinding beneath a torrid tale of street soldiers waging wasteful wars..."

NME (Magazine) (8/29/95, p.47) - 8 (out of 10) - "...a great, deep-grooving rap album....`1st Round Draft Pick' is the most mysterious noise Warren G's produced, jazz chords unwinding beneath a torrid tale of street soldiers waging wasteful wars..."

Album Notes

Twinz: Dewayne "Wayniac" Williams, Deon "TripLoc" Williams (vocals).

Additional personnel includes: Warren G (vocals, percussion); Neb, Jah Skillz, Foesum (vocals); Ricky Rause (guitar); Louie Louie Louie (horns); Sean "Barney" Thomas, Frank "Rusty" Hamilton, Priest Brooks (keyboards); Tony "T" Green (bass); Carl "Butch" Small (percussion); Nanci Fletcher, Gorgeous Judah Ranks, Tracey Nelson, New Birth (background vocals).

Twinz: Dewayne "Wayniac" Williams, Deon "TripLoc" Williams (vocals).

Although they were immortalized in Warren G's Top Ten hit "This DJ," Twinz were an overlooked branch of the G Funk family tree who made good use of their connections to create the steady Conversation in 1995. Twin brothers Deon and DeWayne Williams wisely allow Warren G to dominate their album, and he skillfully wears the hats of producer, songwriter, additional percussionist, and background vocalist. Yet it's the female vocal support by Nanci Fletcher and Tracey Nelson which adds a shimmer to tracks like "Round and Round" and "Good Times." The enjoyably clichéd "Eastside LB" incorporates Deniece Williams' "Free" as deftly as Warren G "regulated" Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)." But unlike the latter, the Twinz' clever interpretation did not become a huge hit. In parallel fashion, Conversation makes good use of proven post-Chronic elements (funky '70s synthesizer samples, arresting diva vocals, loc'ed lyrics), but the Twinz were unable to catch the Dr. Dre wave, which swept many of their Long Beach peers to success. Lack of a distinctive identity contributed to their obscurity, since the brothers' party raps are overshadowed by the dominant female vocalists and striking production elements. Those familiar sounds and themes give Conversation a pleasantly familiar consistency which should appeal to Snoop and Nate Dogg fans who might have missed the Twinz during the '90s G Funk explosion. ~ Vince Ripol



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