Yo Majesty, Roy Kinsey, Fess Grandiose (DJ set) | Empty Bottle | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

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When: Tue., Aug. 13, 9 p.m. 2013

It’s been five years since queer Tampa club-rap duo Yo Majesty released their only full-length, Futuristically Speaking . . . Never Be Afraid (Domino), and it still sounds fresh and unique. Shunda K and Jwl B rap and sing with uncommon agility about sex, race, gender, and partying, backed by a fascinatingly varied collection of beats—interstellar funk, sensual neosoul, grimy Baltimore club, loose reggaeton, and aggressive old-school rap made with chunky guitar riffs. Some tracks combine a couple different sounds that might not seem to fit together—the minimalist synth patterns and rattling rap beat on “Hott” make for a particularly intoxicating jam. Yo Majesty’s music and lyrics can get pretty raunchy, raucous, and militant, but the group can make lightning-rod themes approachable; “Night Riders” is a serious song about race, poverty, and drug dealing whose sleek, nocturnal electronic sound helps it go down smooth. Yo Majesty has been pretty quiet for the past few years—Jwl B spent some time in jail, and both she and Shunda K have left the group at one point or another—so the chance to see them perform shouldn’t be blown off lightly. —Leor Galil Roy Kinsey opens; Fess Grandiose spins.

Price: $10

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