These hip-hop heads are going old-school.
A pair of rap-loving twins from Gary, Indiana, are going viral with a series of moving YouTube videos depicting their reactions to hearing oldies for the first time. Despite growing up on hip-hop artists like Twista and Lil Wayne, the modern music aficionados have a newfound appreciation for the smash hits from other genres, reports People.
“There’s more than just rap out there,” says Fred Williams, 21, who along with his brother Tim has reviewed everything from Luciano Pavarotti to Prince on their channel TwinsthenewTrend.
In one of their most popular reaction videos, with over 600,000 views, the self-proclaimed “hip-hop heads” can be seen grooving to 1970s soft-rock classic “We’ve Only Just Begun” by the Carpenters.
“This was good,” says Tim, adding, “Shout out to the Carpenters.”
“This was a straight banger,” he comments on footage of Dolly Parton singing “Jolene” in a clip seemingly ripped from a “Now That’s What I Call Music” ad targeting younger audiences.
They’re not just reviewing nostalgic hits for social-media clout. Tim dreamed up the idea 10 months ago to expand the duo’s repertoire of tunes, which was largely limited to church music, reports People.
“We wanted to start a new trend to appreciate old music,” Tim tells People, adding that they don’t discriminate when it comes to genre.
“My grandfather always used to say to me, ‘Listen to Frank Sinatra,’” says Tim, who gave a sparkling review to the crooner’s rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”
The youngsters even tackle “Nessun Dorma” by Pavarotti, which Tim describes as “crazy.” “Now I understand what this is,” Fred chimes in, before clarifying “It’s called opera?”
Their joint venture is particularly meaningful, as music provided a refuge from the twins’ tumultuous childhood when their mother struggled with drug addiction and even spent time in jail.
Their mom appreciates her sons channeling their energy constructively. “From my own experiences, I’ve taught Tim and Fred how important it is to have a voice,” says Tiffany King-Richardson, 43, who’s been sober and out of jail for 11 years. “I want them to do something in life that they love, and that’s music.”
In light of nationwide racial tensions, the duo “wants to bring people together because there’s no color to music,” says Tim.
Their barrier-busting retrospectives appear to be paying dividends on social media.
“I am so surprised that these two young people didn’t rip the Carpenters apart,” commented one old-timer on their celebration of the contemporary rock legends. “I figure all young people laugh at our old stuff. This made me so happy to see.”
“Your parents did a great job raising you!” said another. “We need more young folks like you. I’m subscribing!!”