Artist of the day: Shunda K.
In 2008, British music mag NME slotted former Yo Majesty rapper Shunda K. at No. 41 on its annual cool list -- right between Robert Plant and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O. That should give you a pretty good idea of the omnipresent buzz that seems to follow Tampa's most famous hardcore lesbian electro-hip-hop team.
Shunda K. (a.k.a. Lashunda Flowers) split with Yo Majesty co-founders Jwl B. and Shon Burt in disagreements over the direction of the group, but she's as eclectic and musically adventurous as ever. You can download her EP with Brooklyn DJ Kotchy, Le Passion, Yo! via her MySpace page.
Shunda K. will be performing with DJ Chang Bang Friday night at Czar in Ybor City. She'll be previewing tracks from her new mixtape, The Best Eva Written ... Outkast. After that, she's playing at the 9:30 club in D.C. with Peaches.
Click here to listen to an mp3 of Shunda K.'s First Encounter.
Photo: Claire Curran Corbett