Yo! Majesty's Shunda K performing at Sonar 2008, Barcelona
|Origin||Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|Genres||Dirty rap, alternative hip hop, electro|
Yo! Majesty's current members are Windy Baynham, who goes by Jwl B; and Shon Burt, stage name Shon B. Formerly the group also included LaShunda Flowers, known as Shunda K, who left the band following arguments about money. The group members are openly lesbian and self-identify as Christian. Their sound is a hybrid of crunk, Baltimore club music, and electro, and they have garnered comparisons to punk for their defiance of labels and creation of new sounds.
Rappers Shunda K and Shon B started out as a duo named Yeah Majesty before they were rounded out circa 2001 by gospel-raised vocalist Jwl B. They started collaborating with London-based electronica duo HardfeelingsUK (David Alexander and Richard Winstanley), who supplied Yo! Majesty with their electro-rap club beats, in 2002. After a hiatus during Shunda K's marriage, Yo! Majesty regrouped. Once they established a name for themselves on the underground club circuit, both in the U.S. and the UK, Yo! Majesty self-released their first official release, the Yo EP, in 2006.
They "made a splash" at SXSW in 2007 and that year toured alongside CSS and Gossip. Yo! Majesty has also toured with Peaches and was featured in her parody video of The Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" called "My Dumps" The group signed with Domino Records in 2007, and the label released an EP and full-length record by the band in 2008, which included a track produced by Basement Jaxx.
|2006||Yo EP||Out There|
|2008||Kryptonite Pussy EP||Domino Records|
|2008||Futuristically Speaking... Never Be Afraid||Domino Records|
|2008||"Pony Girl"||"Dub Gabriel - Anarchy & Alchemy"||Destroy All Concepts|
|2008||"Sweat Shop"||Stainless Style by Neon Neon||Lex Records|
|2011||"Flavor feat. Yo Majesty"||Carbon Copy by ★STAR GUiTAR|
- 2009 "Don't Let Go"
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