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If there was any justice in pop music, the Yo Majesty refrain "rub on my monkey" would be as established in the lexicon as "get your freak on" and "chirp back." So far the Tampa Bay trio has remained an Internet phenomenon, a favorite of MP3 bloggersteins and UK online-radio DJs quick to realize that a shoulda-been hit like "Kryptonite Pussy" was more than just novelty flash. Shunda K, Jwel B, and Shon B have been rapping together since 2000, but they still have the freshness of isolated amateurs, coming up with their own nasty and slightly peculiar catchphrases rather than sticking strictly to convention. And even in the moments you've heard before--"Club Action" features a chorus of "fuck that shit" shouted over some Florida electro-bounce--Yo Majesty is so confident and ferocious you'd think they invented it all. They rarely play outside their home state; luckily they've included us on their current four-city tour. E6 headlines, Lee Foss plays third, Yo Majesty plays second, and Matt Roan opens. a 9 PM, Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W. Grand, 312-666-1695, $5.

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