On Friday night -- due to a surprising twist of circumstances and the possible intervention of supernatural forces -- instead of one of the great local bills or other intriguing cultural events that were going on, I ended up at the Marquis Theater for the Yo! Majesty show. Of course, like any red-blooded, rump-shaking American, I love the politically savvy electropunk bangers that Shunda K. and company pump out, but with some exciting Denver music going on that night, it wasn't exactly my first choice of live shows. However, I'm a go-with-the-flow kind of guy, and the flow took me to the Marquis. Not surprisingly, the highlight of the night turned out to be a local act -- L.I.F.E. Crew rapper (and Denver's best MC of 2008, according to Westword readers) Ichiban.
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In stereotypical haughty hip-hop style, Yo! Majesty took the stage late (around midnight), padded its set with entertaining-but-superfluous onstage dancer interludes and wrapped up in under forty minutes. The songs sounded great and Shunda K.'s flow was impressive, but the set was disappointing. By the time the outfit showed up, the crowd had already thinned, and the energy of those that remained was flagging.