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Jammin' with Your Villain My Hero

Nothing stacks cash fatter in the bar register than a hot hip hop band. Fine young booty shakers turn out in droves to local hip pop acts. The fellows follow, all too eager to buy the drinks and fuel the fire. It’s the music of the youth. Cincy Hip Hop acts like Lt Dan & DV8 (and others) reel in ass and stack up cash performing in the local clubs. Big venues seek them out, they’re a staple with 400+ person venues.
Hot Cincy hip hop acts are in very short supply. Therefore imports are necessary. If you own a club such as; Pirates Den, Knotty Pine, Jefferson Hall or Place 2 B, you know full well your customers have expectations... they expect greatness, they expect you to have the best bands in the city... every Friday and Saturday. Eight days a month minimum you have to spend the cash book the best (easy 10K a month give or take a few grand). Cincy just isn’t home to enough top (hip hop / pop) bands to fill the schedule for 4 or 5 clubs a month, and still keep it fresh. New blood is needed to satisfy the audience’s appetite.
Enter Chi-Town’s Your Villain My Hero. The first thing you notice (If you’re a straight guy or a lipstick lesbian) is the feast of fine female flesh in the band’s line up. Smokin’ sexy singer Jennifer Knuth (AKA J-Lee) looks as pop star as she sings. The petite blonde has the hips and the lips it takes to capture every eye and ear in the audience. Equally sexy is the sultry bass player / singer Betina Gozo. Asian beauty Betina is fabulously fit from head to toe. A flat out a master of her bass. She sings up front solo on a few tunes and shows she’s quite capable of wowing the crowd on her own.
The model quality females flank both sides of handsome front man Zarif Wilder (AKA Young Zigg). Zigg raps, rhymes, dances and grinds his way deep into the female fan’s eyes. It’s a sexy show however you look at it.
The band’s sound, follows suit. Multi-million dollar studio hits are reproduced with talented technical prowess and cool creativity. Baby Faced Mike Hussa figures out how to turn all those electro drum sounds on the pop hits into real drum beats, and excels at it as well. Their rough & rowdy guitarist Jay Kijek (AKA JK-47) doesn’t realize he’s in a hip hop band. Sure he plays on six strings what took Jay Z 86 keys in the studio version with ease. Sure he can scratch like a DJ with just his pick. But he likes to slide into a rock meltdown every so often showing us his true colors. Don’t get me wrong I like it. Imagine Britney Spears with “Big Bad Brad” as her new guitarist and you’re gettin’ the picture.

The set list showcases the individual talents as well as the whole. In a Jazz style, songs are arranged to afford each artists an equal shot in the spotlight. Lady Gaga, Britney, Rhianna, Katy Perry, Ke$ha and the like show off the talents of the female singer/musician’s abilities. While B.I.G, Kanye, 2 Pac, R Kelly, Outcast, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake allow Young Zigg to shine on the mic. Male / female duos such as; American Boy (Estelle & Kanye), Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys), Bottoms Up (Trey Songz & Nicki Minaj) and Love the Way You Lie (Eminem & Rhianna) were stellar and huge hits with the crowd.
I see why clubs get Your Villain My Hero down here from the Windy City, they have the look (in spades), they have the sound and they have the hook too... they just play dance. They get em’ dancing, keep em’ dancing and out dance them too. Non-stop hip-pop chart toppers and it’s all live. That’s why this hot local Chicago band gets big gigs here. All I can say is, I wanna see more. You can see them one night only, Oct. 12th at Place 2 B (pg 5). It’s that or Chi-Town. You’d be wise not to miss out.

 

 

 

 

 

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