San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States


Steered by Oakland producer and rapper Ant Banks, US hip-hop supergroup T.W.D.Y. (The Whole Damn Yay) made a splash with their dynamic debut album Derty Werk in 1999, debuting at number 135 on the Billboard 200 and at number 41 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album showcased successful lead single "Players Holiday", which peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and become the group's signature hit. Derty Werk featured a variety of respected collaborators, including Spice 1, Dolla Will and Pooh-Man, with George Clinton and William Earl "Bootsy" Collins both listed in the writer credits. Album highlights included "Pervin", which featured Too Short and E-40, and "Gotta Have Heart", featuring Metro. T.W.D.Y. would remain dormant for the next decade, until making their return in 2000 with the guest-studded album Ant Banks Presents T.W.D.Y - Lead The Way.