By Jocelyn Vena
A hip-hop artist was bound to remix Justin Bieber’s hit single “Boyfriend” at some point, but who would’ve guessed that it would be the Ying Yang Twins? Their version of the song was released yesterday, and it certainly puts their signature spin on the pop track.
Playing on the song’s title, the Twins (D-Roc and Kaine) note on their verses that while Bieber is offering up his services as your boyfriend, they’re a little older and a little wiser and want to be your older sister’s man. When MTV News spoke to D-Roc on Thursday (May 10), he talked a little bit about wanting to have fun with the Mike Posner/ Mason Levy-produced track.
“He want to be your boyfriend, but I want to be your man. I’m grown. I’m good and grown,” he said. “I’ve been through that boyfriend/girlfriend stage, but you know, he’s going through that, so that’s what complemented the track too. It’s like, ’OK, I want to be your man. I don’t want to be your boyfriend. I’m bigger than the boyfriend.’ But that’s Justin Bieber, so if you got a little sister, Justin Bieber want to be her boyfriend.”
D-Roc was also inspired to remix the track after many music fans had noted comparisons between Bieber’s song and the Twins’ 2005 hit “Wait (The Whisper Song).” “Before Justin Bieber actually had dropped the song, the hype around it, everybody was calling me saying, ’Hey, man, did y’all hear the Justin Bieber song?’ I was so amped up to hear the song too. When I actually did, I listened to it and I was like, it sounded like us. He complimented us,” he said. “So I wanted to compliment him by getting on it.
“It was there,” he added of the comparisons. “But the thing about it is, for him to step out for the first time rapping and we was the first compliment that he gave, I felt like that young man is on job. And he did it well. It made a statement to me like, ’OK, he just trying to grow up,’ and with him growing up, like, he want y’all to take him as he’s grown. ’I’m 18. I’m grown now. I can do my own thing.’ And what better lane, and he picked us, and I feel like that was a compliment and to compliment him back, I wanted to do the remix.”
While D-Roc has yet to meet the singer, he has high praise for him. “He’s a very talented young man,” he said. “Like, to have as many talents as he knows how to do, you know, it’s like he’s a threat. He’s gonna come in, and they better watch out for the young man, ’cause the young man got something to bring to the table.”