Audio Two

Audio Two was a hip hop duo consisting of brothers Kirk “Milk Dee” Robinson and David “DJ Gizmo” Robinson, who were born in Brooklyn, New York. They are best known for their hit single “Top Billin’,” which is widely regarded as one of the most influential hip hop tracks of all time.

The Robinson brothers grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights and developed a love for music at a young age. They began DJing and making their own music in the early 1980s, drawing inspiration from the burgeoning hip hop scene in New York City. They eventually formed Audio Two in 1985, and released their debut single, “Make It Funky,” on First Priority Music in 1987.

It was their second single, “Top Billin’,” that would become their breakout hit. Released in 1988, the track features a memorable sample from The Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” and a catchy chorus that has been sampled by countless artists over the years. “Top Billin'” helped establish Audio Two as one of the most promising acts in hip hop, and earned them a deal with major label Atlantic Records.

In 1988, Audio Two released their debut album, “What More Can I Say?,” which features “Top Billin'” as well as several other popular tracks, including “I Get the Papers” and “Many Styles.” The album was a critical and commercial success, and solidified Audio Two’s place in the hip hop pantheon.

However, their follow-up album, “I Don’t Care: The Album,” failed to match the success of their debut, and Audio Two soon found themselves without a major label deal. The Robinson brothers continued to make music and release albums independently throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, but never again achieved the same level of success as they did with “Top Billin’.”

Despite their relatively brief run as a major hip hop act, Audio Two’s influence on the genre cannot be overstated. “Top Billin'” has been sampled by countless artists, including Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, and Nas, and is often cited as one of the greatest hip hop tracks of all time. The Robinson brothers’ innovative use of sampling and their catchy, playful lyrics helped pave the way for countless hip hop acts that would follow in their footsteps.

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