City Girls Credit: Courtesy EMI Music

Much of the world’s introduction to City Girls was through last summer’s inescapable smash hit from Drake, “In My Feelings.” The Miami-based hip-hop duo of Yung Miami and JT rapped the undeniable bridge on the bounce-flavored track, which put them on stereos and streams of people worldwide and seemed to set them up for surefire success. That is, until JT was busted for credit-card fraud just when the single hit airwaves, and the serious prison sentence she received for the incident stalled the group’s inevitable explosion. But before she got locked up, City Girls put together two solid releases, November’s Girl Code—their official studio debut—and before that, May’s Period—a real-deal hot-shit mixtape. On top of being packed with 80s-gangsta-rap-influenced smashers and over-the-top energetic rhyming, Girl Code and Period take the problematic gender politics of hip-hop and brilliantly turn them on their head, with songs about objectifying and exploiting men rapped in such gloriously raunchy detail that they’d make Eazy-E blush. It’s intense, shocking, and endless fun—a breath of fresh air that’s much needed in mainstream hip-hop. Yung Miami will be holding down City Girls sets until JT’s release from prison.   v