Smart Bet web extra: Turquoise Jeep

So, Turquoise Jeep isn’t a typical Grey Eagle band. Part rap, part satire, part raunch and part pure joy, the band (which describes itself as “Existing Musical Beings”) is already a YouTube sensation.

“Known for many viral hits including ‘Smang It’ and ‘Fried or Fertilized,’ which together garnered over 16 million unique views, Turquoise Jeep has proven to be wildly successful and is still growing in popularity around the world,” says a press release. “The ensemble, consisting of eight members fronted by the infamous Flynt Flossy and Yung Humma, has perfected the delicate balance of humor, art, and are one of the few internet acts to have what it takes to turn multiple viral videos into two full albums and on-going major nationwide tours.”

That’s all great, but this is a band with a song that says, “Treat me like a pirate, and gimme dat booty.” (Check it out below, if you’re not at work/not a child/not easily offended.) It might not be poetry, but it’s inspired.

“There’s no other way to describe the experience than weird,” says a review. “Here we were, freaking out to walking, talking memes, paying $12 to scream the lyrics of ‘Treat Me Like a Pirate’ back at a guy wearing a fake beard. But Turquoise Jeep were there, ready to preach to the converted, the kind of people who buy the t-shirts and send the group pictures of themselves dressed as Turquoise Jeep for Halloween.”

The same reviewer spoke to Turquoise Jeep artist Flynt Flossy, who said, “Initially we were just expressing ourselves. It was just for us to be creative, so we didn’t really expect [to be touring]. We weren’t in the industry; we were expressing ourselves. We had a YouTube channel.”
 Turquoise Jeep plays The Grey Eagle, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 9 p.m. Yip Deceiver and Kosha Dillz also perform. $15 advance/$18 day of show.


About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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