Yo Majesty 


The music industry is generally not too kind to butch black women. They've got two strikes against them from the start, and that third pitch headed toward home plate is a nasty curveball lathered in spit and Vaseline. Although plenty of artists may shy away from the challenge, Tampa hip-hop trio Yo Majesty took one swing at rap and has been smacking home runs ever since. These sexually brazen MCs — Shon B, Shunda K, and Jwl B — make lesbian prison rap sound like the newest fad in hip-hop. They've been churning out a boss blend of Miami bass meets Southern crunk for only a short time. Combine that with devastating lyrics that shock, awe, and educate at the same time and it's no surprise they're getting write-ups all over the globe.

Much of the critical acclaim focuses on the group's live shows, which are like parties at Studio 54 circa 1976. Ass-shaking is mandatory, nudity isn't forbidden, and going temporarily insane from dancing and repeatedly yelling "Oh shit!" is common. This EP of lo-fi recordings is designed to whet the appetite of Yo Majesty's growing contingent of fans, and while it doesn't do the trio's stage performance justice, it's still better than half of the carbon-copy hip-hop out today. The EP is packed with seven tracks of holleration, from the lead single "Kryptonite Pussy" to the hilarious cut "The Monkey," which is wild enough to make the straightest women line up to give these ladies oral satisfaction. The best song is "Club Action," with a Luke Campbell-style beat, tight-as-gnat-booty lyrics, and a chorus that simply yells Fuck that shit/Fuck that shit that could make a paraplegic jump up and do the splits.


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