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Yo Majesty: Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid


Known back in the day for promoting American indie-rock acts overseas and more recently giving the world heavily hyped UK post-punk bands like Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records doesn't seem like the label for a debut from a Tampa, Florida female rap duo. But the fact that Yo Majesty happens to be lesbian, Christian, and inclined to promises like "I'ma tear dat pussy up" should be enough proof that Jwl B and Shunda K are drawing outside of hip-hop's traditional lines. It seems like forever since the electro-rap group made a splash at SXSW in 2007 with its trademark high-energy, chest-exposing gigs, and Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid doesn't deal well with the uphill climb faced by artists attempting to replicate live magic in the studio. The music supplied by producers Hardfeelings UK, Basement Jaxx, and others is serviceable at worst and at times pretty great, but much of the subject matter that gets lost among flailing arms and flapping breasts during live shows is exposed as boring, cliché, and/or lame over the course of the album's 55 minutes. A notable exception is "Hott," which may be the first time a rapper has talked about having an orgasm while taking a piss.

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