50-Plus St. Louis Hip-Hop Artists You Should Know


Dharma Jean The younger cousin of Theresa Payne has no intentions on living in her shadow. She can sing, write, rap and perform like none other. Something about her is very magnetic and I've sat in a room with her and felt like I was in some type of movie about old school classic musicians. She has the hunger and drive to accompany the talent. I think this summer will be huge for her.

Lil St. Louis Destined to be a household name in St. Louis and beyond a member of the Derrty Ent. powerhouse roster with superior names such as Trixie, Murphy Lee and the buzz heavy JGE. Lil St. Louis is most definitely the hood department of Derrty -- his mixtapes can be found scattered through the city and his buzz seems to have inflated overnight. He uses the Internet to his advantage while maintaining his street cred. His delivery is filled with the hunger and pain of a cat that has really lived the things he's rapping about.

Gas House Gang William H, MVP, Indiana Rome, Saint O: a super group. They recently dropped a solid EP, giving us all a glimpse of what the future has in store. Quickly carving their own lane and taking no prisoners while dropping trunk-rattling bangers, they specialize in combining lyricism and lifestyle raps while painting the picture from the perspective an upcoming St. Louis rap crew filled with hunger. Hopefully we will be blessed with a follow up or full length LP from these cats. GHG is its own movement and each member has a respective grind of his own away from the actual group.

Aye Verb, Icepack Ill, Hitman Holla These gentlemen dedicated their lives to putting on for St. Louis. Each of them is arguably the best battle rapper alive in his own right. You can witness their most epic moments via YouTube versus some of the most dangerous emcee's on the planet. It takes talent to perform on the level they do and often it is overlooked. All of them have serious fan bases and the numbers to support them. I know new music is on the way from Aye Verb and Hitman has a classic collabo with Murphy Lee floating around in the clubs. Icepack Ill has the flare and God-given ability to entertain people. In order for a city to be respected in hip-hop you need soldiers on all fronts.

LMNOP His music is rich in originality and approachability. He reps the east side and has been patiently pushing his music for years. I remember listening to this guy back in the myspace era. LMNOP is no stranger to longevity and also has a heavy fan base in Kansas City. He is also one of the new breed of east side rappers that has recently played a huge role in the current movement being born across the bridge.

MME A high energy group of young guys that are very likeable and enjoyable to watch. They make music that is refreshingly comparable to hip-hop from the golden era. I like these guys because the group members are knowledgeable and willing to grow at their own pace. They are often supported by the solid production of Michael Franco and are surely a crew of prospects who should be watched closely. Their shows usually do decent numbers and they seem very self-reliant.

Julian Keaton A local artist with fewer than one hundred shows under his belt. Even with his lack of experience, he has somehow managed to become one of the most opinionated people I've ever met. He serves as the perfect reminder that rappers cannot blog about other rappers unless they are ready for war. You can see Julian doing his thing at the Pre-Slum Fest party at the Gramophone. Be sure to come out and support his ascension in the local hip-hop rankings. His debut album is on the way, he has even reached out to people like my personal long time friend DJ Spec for help. He desires to be more than a rapper and these efforts should be applauded. In the classic words of Houston Texas rap legend J.Prince "Yo! Face!!"

D.I. Skreet If Skreet puts it in his raps then chances are he's done it in real life. He completely embodies the spirit of the street hustler and describes such a lifestyle to the listeners with ease. Skreet is also co-owner and co-founder of 1909 Studios downtown with Tech Supreme and ILLustrious Vision photographer Nick Morris. His movement the Renaissance Fam is being strengthened everyday due to his very own devotion. Skreet has mastered the art of spitting beautifully crafted tales about life in the trap. He also doubles as a producer alongside partner in crime Indiana Rome when needed.

Nato Caliph His music is packed with a message that today's current music climate lacks. The institution of the conscious emcee is not deceased, and Nato's mission is proving this. He makes music for people who know and believe our society is not functioning properly yet we can fix it. Nato Caliph stands up for the true school listeners that still believe in the basic elements of hip-hop. Listening to his music will help you learn a thousand things. He is in the same vein as KRS-1 and Rakim but with a modernized U City influence behind his music. I didn't want to blurb about too many members of my own crew, but Nato's music deserves a mention.

Yo Banga Yo Banga is a gangster rap icon in the city of St. Louis. He has a relentless grind and merciless way of describing the streets of STL. I respect his music because once again a great rapper finds a way to introduce you to their entire universe. I know I've said that maybe a thousand times but this is one sign of a great emcee. He has the soldiers in place to support his movement alongside with the street appeal to back it up. He is a humble dude with a reputation that supersedes him. He was recently featured on the cover of the RFT in a jaw-dropping article that talks about the ups and downs of his career and life. This is raw unapologetic street music with a purpose. In his own words, "I don't owe you sh*t but I owe my lawyer."

Bren Suarez One of the best storytellers I've ever encountered. Bar for bar, Bren reminds you of golden era hip-hop that was rich in lyrical content and supported by trunk heavy boom-bap beats. He is a veteran emcee that is not afraid to speak his mind and can freestyle with the best of them. I recently posted some of his music on footklan.net so go there and search his name if you are interested in hearing what he has to offer to the world of hip-hop.

KD The Assassin KD makes music from the eyes of a young man with a very mature soul. He has a very serious street smart ghetto prophet-like demeanor. The Assassin is also primarily backed by the flawlessly layered production of Stephen "Instrumental" King. KD occupies a lane that many of us dare not to tread. He is fresh off of tour with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan's Cappadonna. He has also established musical tidings with the likes of Shyheim the Manchild. His hypeman and rhyme partner is also the legendary Hi Pointe emcee 923. He is a emcee with the ability to discuss politics, drug deals, and world news on a level that is understandable to all. KD The Assassin makes music for the mature music lover that is not impressed by the monotony of hip-hop.

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stlcontact1
stlcontact1

That's cool congrats to all who they claim mad it , but the truth is it's some of us who grind is a little different rather than paying our way we make something out of nothing , so if they say they never heard of Contact , they a got dam lie.  Check out what the world has heard but saint louis is sleepn on www.stlcontact.com

L.G.
L.G.

I'm always commin in late....Ran up on dis article checkin out Aurellius..... been out the limbo (that's if I was ever in lol) got two songz spinned on 104 by Dj Snow back in 2008 I believe..... dropin a mixtape sometime 2013 since I got my engineerin skillz up a bit.... if u come back 2 dis page you (or whom ever) can check what I got movin now..... creative criticism welcomed and appreciated.....LG - Hell Na ---->> http://soundcloud.com/l-g-stl/re-get-it-in .... @LGstl

Fingaraw
Fingaraw

thats what it is,,, look for finga raw beatz aiight  @fingaraw:twitter 

paige
paige

I applaud every artist on da list...this guy aint on da list but check him out go by the name A-star...he on facebook youtube reverbnation...he even got his own app(A-Star revernation artist) coming from da lou as well....

Instrumental
Instrumental

Big up Tef! Only a true student could have done this! It's a great look!

Fettio
Fettio

Kenny Knox is definitely one of the rawest out the Lou!! STL most deg got stars on da rise

Luey V
Luey V

Well said TEF! Namebrand Everything on da way be sure to Download "Judgement Day" Rite Now!!!!

Aurellius TheSaint
Aurellius TheSaint

Im Sure RAW RESSE / Slipped His MIND Is All FamLay / RESSE Is Def Soon 2 Be A LIVING_LEGEND / HE Set The ULTIMATE TONE By ACCOMPLISHING / What Seemed IMPOSSIBLE & Brought Mad OPPORTUNITIES / For Artists Like My SELF / And Tha EASTSIDE / I've Only Been In Da GAME 22 Months NOW / N RESSE Def LACED The KID Wit GAME / N He Always Got LOVE 4 Me / So I Got Nufn But MAD RESPECT For The KING Of 618 ... ISH Happens / N TEF Already APOLOGIZED / If He FORGOT 2 Mention Somebody / GENA Getn Signed A Few Months Back / Prolly Jus Overshadowed RESSE Situation BRO / Im Sure TEF Will Do Another BLOG / Later Down The ROAD / Doesn't CHANGE Anything / Nor Take Any CREDIT Away From RAW RESSE / Cuz His SUBJECTS Remain LOYAL ... #Much_Respect

Jaynadia2
Jaynadia2

I am Dixi Freely's big sister and I want to say thank you for those kind words about my little brother. They all are true and even though I am 41 and considered ole school and my era is LL Cool J, Run DMC, Salt n Peppa, MC Lite, and etc.  I must say I am one of my brothers no# fan.  Yes  I like some of the new Rap however, I wish some of their content matter could be about other things rather then sex, money, and lies. It's a great deal going on in the world  that can be rapped about. It's a good feeling to hear my brother songs and others that  is working on the Change that Must come or at least get back to what it use to be when it comes to Rap.  It is funny, I don't know much a bout Big Krit, but I saw some of his vidoes the other day and said wow, he has the same vibe as my brother.  I don't know if you will read this but again, thank you for the kind words. This is just my truth and I don't mean to offend anyone. God Bless

Aurellius TheSaint
Aurellius TheSaint

Im SIMPLY Honored / To Be MENTIONED With Such LEGENDS / GOATS & Upcoming CRAFTSMAN ... And Big UPS To Brutha TEF POE / For Making A SUPREME Effort / To Show How Much TALENT / CREATIVITY / CULTURE & Bring UNITY In One BLOG / Thats Jus GENIUS / And A Very Unselfish Thing / An INDIVIDUAL Can Do / Let Alone An ARTIST / Now Dat's #HipHop ... Meaning Brutha TEF POE / Is LIVING For TODAY / But Keeping The FUTURE In MIND / Which Is The KIDS And COMMUNITIES / N Bringn Our CITIES Into A CITY / Gota KNOW That ... N Shout Out 2 RFT / For PARTICIPATING In A PROJECT Like This / That Is Extremely VITAL 2 The CITY And COMMUNITY ... @JittersLoves2Pac ... Im Without WORDS Yo / Im GREATLY Humbled By Ur WORDS / Thanx For LISTENING / N Da FEEDBACK / Ish Gives Me PURPOSE / N Keeps Me Continuing " U R APPRECIATED " In My 2PAC Voice LHH ... One LOVE Again 2 All The ARTISTS / Hopefully Others Will SHARE / The NOTION Of GIVING BACK / And Coming Together ... I Been Researching N Doing Homework / For Tha Small Percentage / Of Whose MUSIC I Haven't Heard / Nufn But RESPECT ... Bless 

Jonezy
Jonezy

that's whassup Tef! Much Gratitude!

4lesjR
4lesjR

Street certified king ladene elarrA supahip hood rich

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