Music / Twin Of Twins
The Twin of Twins
is a pair of Jamaican reggae/dancehall artistes and twins, Patrick "Curly Lox" and Paul "Tu-Lox" Gaynor, whose work consists of both musical pieces and satirical commentary on current events and popular culture within the Jamaican dancehall scene, as well as the latest scandals in both the worldwide music industry and politics, among other topics, and doing it all in such a way as to elicit Crowning Moment of Funny
in spades. They are best known for their ongoing Stir It Up
series, in which they voice a wide variety of characters and character Expies
to deliver said commentary in the context of a fictional radio talk show.
The premise of said fictional talk show: Ian Lyad (pronounced "lie-ad"
according to the Jamaican patois) is the cultured and intelligent talk show host
who has to put up with
the antics of his co-hosts and guests, who all come from a wide cross-section of cultural, political and social divides. His major co-host, Mr. Muta
(pronounced "moo-tah"), does most of the talking during the interviews, often antagonizing the guests and Ian himself, but also providing biting commentary on a lot of things wrong with Jamaica's developing musical and social culture and discussing methods to enact the much-needed changes craved by the country.
The Stir It Up
series is best known to fans from Volumes 4 to 8; Volume 4 was never officially released, but bootleggers helped to make it available to the public, thus sparking a demand for official releases of the Twins' work. As a result, Volume 5, "Crucifiction of the Ghetto," was released in December 2004, to much critical and commercial success. Volume 6, "Resurrection of the Ghetto," was released in 2006, followed by Volume 7, "Til Death Do Us Part," a year later. Volume 8, "Trial and Crosses," was released in June 2009.
The series takes its name from the song "Stir It Up" by the late reggae artist Bob Marley
(who is presented as one of the characters in the fictional talk show).
The Twins have a website.
There is also a character sheet
The Twin of Twins, the Stir It Up series and the fictional storyline within said series provide examples of:
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- Spragga Benz's Expy murders his girlfriend on-air for cheating on him. Muta approves.
- Mr. Adams once admitted to shooting his underage nephew for drawing and coloring a gun in his exercise book.
- Driven to Suicide: Kirk, the distraught final caller in Volume 7, after he walked in on his wife having wild sex with his best friend. Muta encourages him to shoot himself, and he does just that. Then the wife comes in moments later, and she's more dismayed at the fact that Kirk is getting blood all over her expensive Persian rug than over the fact that her husband just shot himself.
- Drop-In Character: In Volume 3, Bob and a couple of other previous guests invite themselves to Ian's house for Sunday dinner. Ian isn't amused.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Volumes 1, 2 and 3, which are pretty hard to find outside of YouTube, are very different from the rest of the series. The first two volumes run at a little over 12 to 15 minutes' length (including one brief commercial break in each), and feature Ian being in full control of the radio program, only interviewing Bob and Buju Banton in Volume 1 and Bob and Bounty Killer in Volume 2; and while Volume 3 breaks the formula by being set at Ian's house (against his wishes), he's still the de facto lead character. Also, there's no sign of Mr. Muta anywhere in these three volumes, nor is there any musical interlude at any point. As well, in Volume 1, Ian makes absolutely NO mention of his "being very intelligent" catch-phrase (that comes up in Volume 2).
- Expy: Of all sorts of people, from dancehall artistes Beenie Man and Bounty Killa to international superstars Michael Jackson and R. Kelly.
- Fantastic Racism:
- In Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Ian himself displays disdain for Rastafarians.
Ian: Rastas cannot read, and they seem to be vulgar and violent!
- George W., an Expy of then-U.S. president George W. Bush, is accused of this by Muta. George W.'s attempts to deny this really don't help.
Mr. Muta: How come you have nothin' black inna di White House?
George W.: I think you're mistaken. We have, uh, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell...we had to straighten out his hair a little bit, but he's still, uh, pretty black. And better yet, there's my dog, Barney! He's a good dog, and he's black!
- Kick the Dog: Mr. Muta does this regularly.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Beenie Man's demonic possession in Volume 7 elicits this reaction from the other panelists. He gets better.
- Precision F-Strike: All over the place, invoked by almost every character. Including Dear Pastor, much to Ian Lyad's horror.
Ian Lyad: Good lord, Mr. Dumas! You actually used the "F" word? A man of the cloth?
Dear Pastor: We Christians f*ck too, you know.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Ian Lyad.
Mr. Muta: If you go down deh so (a certain club), you know seh a plenty thump.
Ian Lyad: As a result of the benevolence of my licensed firearm, you know, your efforts to do so would be a colossal failure!
- Shout-Out: To numerous entertainment figures, both locally and abroad.
- Take That!: Lots of this, too; directed mainly at homosexuals and other sexual deviants, oppressors of the black race and the poor, and in one instance George W. Bush's presidential office.
- Token Minority: Ras Whitey, the only white Rastafarian in the series.
- Where Da White Women At?: Michael Jackson, according to Muta.