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Yo! Majesty

Sonar 2008 - Barcelona - Shunda K
Background information
Origin Tampa, Florida, USA
Genres Dirty rap
Alternative rap
Labels Domino
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]



Tampa, Florida-based group 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 Christian; however, Shunda K was previously married to a man. Their sound is a hybrid of crunk, Baltimore club music,[6][7] and electro,[8] and they have garnered comparisons to punk for their defiance of labels and creation of new sounds.[9]

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.[9] 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.[10] After a hiatus during Shunda K's marriage, Yo! Majesty regrouped.[9] Once they established a name for themselves on the underground club circuit, both in the US and the UK, Yo Majesty self-released their first official release, the Yo EP, in 2006.[11]

They "made a splash" at SXSW in 2007[12] and that year toured alongside CSS and The Gossip.[9] The group signed with Domino Records in 2007[13], and the label released an EP and full-length record by the band in 2008, which included a track produced by Basement Jaxx.[14] On June 16, 2009 Shunda K announced that she parted ways with Domino Records. She immediately released 42 new tracks for free stating “Domino didn’t move quickly enough for me!”




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

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


  • 2009 "Don't Let Go"


  1. ^ Robson, Eddie. "Yo Majesty". Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
  2. ^ Richards, Sam (12 January 2008), ""New Noise 2008"", New Musical Express  
  3. ^ Elan, Priya (2 August 2008), ""Reborn Indie USA"", New Musical Express,  
  4. ^ "Jwl B Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 14 June 2009.  
  5. ^ a b Andrews, Gem (2009-03-30). "Jail, money, music and ex-bandmates: Yo! Majesty’s Jwl B talks to Lesbilicious". Lesbilicious. Retrieved 2008-03-30.  
  6. ^ Mackay, Emily (2008), "NME Reviews: Yo! Majesty: Futuristically Speaking...Never Be Afraid", NME,  
  7. ^ Kharas, Kev (2008-09-29). "Yahoo! Music Album Review:Yo Majesty - Futuristically_Speaking_Never_Be_Afraid". Yahoo Music. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
  8. ^ O'Dair, Marcus (2008-09-05), "Ones to Watch: Yo Majesty", The Independent,  
  9. ^ a b c d Castillo, Arielle (2008-05-21), "Yo! Majesty: “Kyptonite Pussy” and God", Miami New Times,  
  10. ^ Luger, Kara (2008-05-01), "Yo! Majesty hype (and are hyped about) their upcoming album.", Rocky Mountain Chronicle,  
  11. ^ "Band to watch: Yo Majesty". Stereogum. 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
  12. ^ Hawthorne, Mark (2008-10-14). "Music: Yo Majesty: Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid". The Onion A.V. Club. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
  13. ^ Thompson, Paul (2007-09-21). "Yo Majesty Sign to Domino Records, Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  
  14. ^ Maher, Dave (2008-06-18). "Yo Majesty Enlist Basement Jaxx for Domino Debut". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2008-11-08.  

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