The Hip Hop/R&B collective known as Turquoise Jeep Records has been doing its thing for nearly a decade now, drawing in a diverse array of bemused, head-bobbing converts along the way. For the uninitiated, the Jeep was founded in 2009 by Georgia-based rappers/singers Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamacallit and includes a loose collection of collaborators with like minds when it comes to their humorous, satirically tinged take on genre conventions. Early, addictive videos for “Lemme Smang It” and “Did I Mention I Like to Dance” garnered a strong following on YouTube, which in turn yielded an entertaining live outfit that has toured pretty consistently ever since.
The Jeep has released three “official” full-length albums, each driven by sex-crazed, double-entendre-laden lyrics and booming beats. Case in point: The collective’s latest album, 2017’s Eclectic Catapilla, opens with “We Touchin or Naw?,” in which Whatchyamcallit repeatedly asks if he and his lady are ready to “cut it”? That’s followed by “Drop It Low Like a Discount,” wherein Flynt Flossy doesn’t take long to let us know the drop in question isn’t related to prices at the local K-Mart.
While Turquoise Jeep’s crafty, low-budget YouTube videos have been an undeniable piece of its puzzle, Flynt Flossy doesn’t want anyone to discount the other aspects of what they do.
“It all stands alone, our music and our videos, it’s just an extra treat if you can see both,” Flossy once said in an interview with the Edmonton Sun. “YouTube was our gateway because it gave us the platform to create our own fan base.”
Of the collective’s seemingly satirical approach, Flossy said in the same interview, “I don’t care about how people perceive me. There’s humor in reality, so however people take it is meant to be. If they laugh at it, they dance to it… it don’t matter to me. As long as I get across some kind of message, I did my job.”