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Live Nation Presents...
Tue, October 11, 2022
Doors: 6:15 pm
Show: 7:45 pm
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There is nothing subtle about City Girls. Their bars are as flashy and bold as their looks, their swagger is unbeatable, and they’ve got no problem telling everyone exactly what they want. And for 2020, what they want is summed up by the title of their new 15-track mixtape City on Lock. JT is out of prison, Yung Miami gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and they are here to claim their thrones as the Queens they are — to convert the whole world to their flavor of streetwise sauciness and turn every single one of us into City Boys and Girls. Without a doubt, City Girls are already free, so City on Lock is an escape plan for the rest of us. “It’s a mood,” says JT. In fact, “It has every mood you could possibly be in, except a sad mood.”
The new set includes: 15 sweaty bangers, features by Yo Gotti, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and Doja Cat and wall-to-wall proof that City Girls are slinging the unfiltered flow that savvy listeners fell in love with early on. “We brought back that Period feeling,” says Yung Miami, referring to their debut mixtape, and she means it literally. Lead single “Jobs” samples 2018’s “Tighten Up,” laying true tales from these women’s recent lives and struggles on top of a menacing beat. It’s a clever way to connect the past to present. As Yung Miami puts it, “The City Girls are back—even though we never left.”
Sure enough, their ability to stir things up hasn’t been slowed down by their fast-rising profile — it’s the opposite, in fact. City Girls have never censored themselves, and are more inspired than ever to share their own brand of female empowerment and preach its realness to those who need to hear it. “We are from Miami,” says Yung Miami. “We talk what we were raised on and what we go through.” And it’s that no-nonsense stance that’s lifted City Girls to the top of the rap game, scored them a handful of platinum records, kicked off collaborations with Drake and Cardi B, won them a BET Best New Artist nomination, and sparked interest from taste-making label Quality Control Music.
Yung Miami and JT grew up together around Opa-locka and Liberty City, Florida. They spent their days listening to Pretty Ricky and Destiny’s Child, and their nights raising a ruckus at Miami’s teen clubs. Both loved music but never planned to make it a career, let alone write the manual on boss-bitch anthems. But thanks to their raw talent, unrelenting hustle, and fearless attitudes, that’s what they did. It started with a diss track about broke boys, 2017’s “Fuck Dat Nigga,” set to a beat built on Khia’s “My Neck, My Back.” Their brashly raunchy tribute to independent women also paid homage to Miami’s hip-hop history (pioneers like 2 Live Crew and Trina) while at the same time announcing City Girls as something new.
It was Quality Control’s Coach K who gave the duo their name after that cut caught his ear. JT and Yung Miami introduced themselves to him as being “from the city,” and so they became City Girls. Then came Period, with “Where the Bag At” about getting paid what you’re owed, and soon after, Drake’s “In My Feelings,” where Yung Miami counters the star’s pining “’Resha, do you love me?” with “Fuck that Netflix and chill, what’s your net-net-networth?” That hilariously honest line helped cement City Girls as unapologetic feminist icons unafraid of demanding their due. The message resonated loud and clear with fans who blasted their songs in cities, suburbs, and the country alike.
Instead of celebrating their success, City Girls were already back in the studio grinding on what would become their official debut album, 2018’s Girl Code. They were working against a hard deadline: the same day “In My Feelings” dropped, JT had turned herself in to authorities on a credit card fraud charge — she had to start serving her sentence before the album was done. “Honestly I didn’t think it was enough for a project,” says JT, “but we got two platinum records off of it.” Those were, of course, the unstoppable “Act Up” (sampled on “Hot Girl Summer”) and Miami-bass-meets-New-Orleans-bounce heater “Twerk” featuring Cardi.
As the songs stormed the charts and City Girls’ fandom spread, JT and Yung Miami talked every day through the prison messaging system, memorizing each other’s lines and keeping things moving. When Yung Miami performed their songs, holding it down for the group, she would often wear a shirt with JT’s face on it, making sure her friend and partner wasn’t forgotten for even a minute. The time apart left them raring to go. On the day she was released, October 8, 2019, JT started writing a new song. She dropped “JT First Day Out” the next day — the first move in what she now calls City Girls 2.0. They were soon back in the studio recording again, because as Yung Miami says, as straightforward as ever, “It was time for something new.”
City Girls have one goal: leave the game as legends, nothing less. Well, that and, as Yung Miami says, “to make people dance during this strange time.” The duo fully expects to succeed, because the key is simply being the brilliant, bossy, saucy hustlers they’ve always been. City on Lock is a testament to that — a celebration of expression that drops listeners right into the center of City Girls’ world. As JT puts it, “I’m out, we together, we know what we like—this is us.” And as The New Yorker wrote all the way back in 2018, ignore them at your own peril.
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