Yo Majesty

Monday, February 9

It’s hard to think there’s still space for crunk music in 2009. The surging, uptempo Southern production style that was popularized by Lil Jon in the middle of this decade is essentially as played out as its creator. Save a few dance crowds in Atlanta, nobody else wants to hear it. But Tampa’s Yo Majesty puts an edgy enough spin on the genre with their hilarious lyrics and prison rapper personas that folks are falling in love with crunk all over again. The Tampa, FL-based female outfit burst unto the hipster rap scene in 2007 after a handful of insane performances at SXSW helped the band’s popularity catch fire across the blogosphere. At the time, they were a trio and their future as a lesbian version of 2 Live Crew seemed imminent. Their biggest hits, “Kryptonite Pussy” and “Club Action” are akin to what Uncle Luke was doing in the ’80s, but arguably better. Of course their perception as butch bad-ass women didn’t hurt them either. But since 2007, things appear to have gotten worse, not better, for Yo Majesty. A bit of infighting reduced the trio to a duo (with Shunda K and Jwl B holding things down) and now that duo is temporarily reduced to just Shunda K. Jwl B is currently in jail, and unfortunately, she won’t be on this tour. But Shunda, who is known for whipping her breasts out on stage and performing topless, does have enough energy to get a club crunk-up all by herself.

UNFORTUNATELY, YO MAJESTY HAS CANCELED, BUT THE OTHER ARTISTS WILL STILL PERFORM. THE SHOW NOW COSTS $5 INSTEAD OF $10.

Mon., Feb. 9, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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