Yo Majesty

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Yo! Majesty
Sonar 2008 - Yo Majesty - Shunda K.jpg
Yo! Majesty's Shunda K performing at Sonar 2008, Barcelona
Background information
Origin Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Genres Dirty rap, alternative hip hop, electro
Labels Domino
Members Shunda K
Jwl B

Yo! Majesty is an American hip hop group consisting of rapper Shunda K and singer Jwl B, produced by UK-based electro group HardfeelingsUK.[1]

Yo! Majesty was mentioned as one of the 'Top 11 new bands of 2008' by NME magazine[2] as well as one of the '25 Most Exciting Bands In America'.[3]

Biography[edit]

Yo! Majesty's current members are Windy Baynham,[4] 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.[5] The group members are openly lesbian[5] and self-identify as Christian.[6] Their sound is a hybrid of crunk, Baltimore club music,[7][8] and electro,[9] and they have garnered comparisons to punk for their defiance of labels and creation of new sounds.[10]

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.[10] 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.[11] After a hiatus during Shunda K's marriage, Yo! Majesty regrouped.[10] 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.[12]

They "made a splash" at SXSW in 2007[13] and that year toured alongside CSS and Gossip.[10] Yo! Majesty has also toured with Peaches and was featured in her parody video of The Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" called "My Dumps"[14] The group signed with Domino Records in 2007,[15] and the label released an EP and full-length record by the band in 2008, which included a track produced by Basement Jaxx.[16]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Record Label
2006 Yo EP Out There
2008 Kryptonite Pussy EP Domino Records
2008 Futuristically Speaking... Never Be Afraid Domino Records

Appears On[edit]

Year Song Album Record Label
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

Singles[edit]

  • 2009 "Don't Let Go"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robson, Eddie. "Yo Majesty". New-noise.net. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ Richards, Sam (January 12, 2008). "New Noise 2008". New Musical Express. 
  3. ^ Elan, Priya (August 2, 2008). "Reborn Indie USA". New Musical Express. 
  4. ^ "Jwl B Discography at Discogs". Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Andrews, Gem (March 30, 2009). "Jail, money, music and ex-bandmates: Yo! Majesty’s Jwl B talks to Lesbilicious". Lesbilicious. Retrieved March 30, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Spreading the word: Yo! Majesty". Gay News Network. December 30, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Mackay, Emily (2008). "NME Reviews: Yo! Majesty: Futuristically Speaking...Never Be Afraid". NME. 
  8. ^ Kharas, Kev (September 29, 2008). "Yahoo! Music Album Review:Yo Majesty - Futuristically_Speaking_Never_Be_Afraid". Yahoo Music. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  9. ^ O'Dair, Marcus (September 5, 2008). "Ones to Watch: Yo Majesty". The Independent. 
  10. ^ a b c d Castillo, Arielle (May 21, 2008). "Yo! Majesty: "Kyptonite Pussy" and God". Miami New Times. 
  11. ^ Luger, Kara (May 1, 2008). "Yo! Majesty hype (and are hyped about) their upcoming album.". Rocky Mountain Chronicle. 
  12. ^ "Band to watch: Yo Majesty". Stereogum. December 13, 2006. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  13. ^ Hawthorne, Mark (October 14, 2008). "Music: Yo Majesty: Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid". The Onion A.V. Club. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  14. ^ Elan, Priya (April 14, 2009). "Peaches: sex and the seminal woman". The Sunday Times. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  15. ^ Thompson, Paul (September 21, 2007). "Yo Majesty Sign to Domino Records, Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  16. ^ Maher, Dave (June 18, 2008). "Yo Majesty Enlist Basement Jaxx for Domino Debut". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 

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