St. Louis Named One of the Best Cities in the U.S. For Rap Fans by Complex Magazine

Categories: Hip-Hop

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Last week Complex Magazine published a list of the best fifteen cities in the United States for rap fans right now, and St. Louis made the list!

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St. Louis is used to being placed on lists -- painfully so. From "most miserable" to "highest murder rate" to "most stds," St. Louis' consistent inclusion can be disheartening. But this one's a good one, for a change!

At number fifteen, we barely squeaked in there, with Minneapolis being next in line at number fourteen. LA, New York and Atlanta occupied the top three slots, predictably.

Cited as evidence for our city's inclusion on the list are our "local legends": Nelly, St. Lunatics, Chingy, J-Kwon and Murphy Lee are noted. Tef Poe, Scripts n' Screwz and Rockwell Knuckles (nevermind that little move to the East coast, I guess) are listed as current talent.

The Pageant, Coliseum Music Lounge, Cicero's and Blueberry Hill are noted as good places to see hip-hop in St. Louis (obviously that list is seriously lacking -- where's the Gramophone? How about Atomic Cowboy / the Demo?) but still. Oh and S.L.U.M.Fest is rightfully recognized as the city's best hip-hop party -- they definitely got that one right

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You can read more here. Here's to St. Louis' hip-hop community for making its mark and getting the recognition it deserves. Now let's keep on climbing up this list!

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23 comments
Georgia Foreman
Georgia Foreman

Thx for believing n me when I had noone, your the best

Georgia Foreman
Georgia Foreman

I agree, I been working on new songs just been working on actually working, lol...seeing my beautiful babies n huggn them n telling them I love them...more precious than gold UNC, I thank God every day

Savage Sun
Savage Sun

As someone who has lived & experienced a different scene (west coast), & therefore I have something to compare St. Louis to, & as an artist living in St. Louis that sells out venues whenever I travel abroad or to the west coast, I can confirm, unequivocally, that this is simply not true. Nice for the city to be recognized for something positive though.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Better food in Chicago and there is more to do...Riot fest! Denver kicks ass too

Bryan Berger
Bryan Berger

Did they finally blow up NY? lol who's making these lists?

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I was going to say something about murder and stuff and things but everyone beat me to it.

Craig Shepherd
Craig Shepherd

St. Louis finally gets recognized for something other than crime or baseball mind blowing! I think stl has some of the best emcees in the country...

Steve Swerve Walton
Steve Swerve Walton

Well it’s obvious by the comments here what else St. Louis rates high in. making statements like the above really bode well for how people from other parts of the country view St. Louisans

Shawn Telkamp
Shawn Telkamp

Georgia Foreman - Looks like the city is prime for the GCS

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Seattle has a sound. Nashville has a genre. Memphis known for blues. I think this is great!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i think we have found a cast for that new "dumb and dumber" movie.

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson

Well, for fans of rap music, the whole murder and STD thing may be a plus! I kid! :D

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Rap is becoming more conscious, don't be ignorant. Everything evolves past it's original intentions.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

well, that explains the murders and the STD's.

Allen Ward
Allen Ward

Because the state of Rap music today has nothing to do with drugs, misogyny, violence, and self delusional worth. So..........yeah...St. Louis fits perfectly. SCORE! "Good News".

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