MME is DIY Hip-Hop Fueled by St. Louis Pride
Ciej (Charles Jacobs)
I make music because... I get bored and there's not too many other things I wanna spend my short amount of time here on planet Earth doing I guess. I don't know man.
I'm most inspired by... women. Women are something else man. Out of all the music I create, I'm most sensitive about sounds that I create directed towards the woman. I can't too much dig anything deeper than I dig a woman. In fact, sometimes it's irritating how much I dig women. A woman's emotional nature, the softness of a woman's skin (good lordy!), when a woman is curious, when a woman is smart, beautiful and flawlessly put together, but most of all when a woman receives you. When a woman 100% receives you, that's one of the most beautiful things I ever did experience.
I strive to make beautiful music, so I strive to entail the beauty of a woman alongside the artwork that I produce. Yup, but other than that I'm super inspired by being tight as fuck. I'm not trying to have nobody fucking with me on this art shit yo.
The St. Louis music scene could use... more magic. There is a lot of creativity, there is a lot of skill, there is a lot of drive in the numerous artists that I've come across on the scene, but there's not that much magic. I'm talking magic like how Black Spade can get on stage with a laptop, a pad, and a microphone and not do anything too extravagant. He can just look up a beat that he likes, press play and rap to it. But the impressive thing about his stage presence is his ability to vibe with the crowd super hard in effortless manner. I mean damn. There's magic in his music already, but when it's performed, people can't do nothing but feel that shit. He's a big influence on my approach to music.
Or even magic like Jeffrey Hill Jr., the Kansas City drummer from the Franco-Hill duo. I've seen a bunch of good drummers. I've heard drummers that are technically sound and never miss beats. I've seen drummers flip sticks, catch 'em and do a lot of cool tricks, but you don't run across too many people that can feel out a drum like the homie Jeff. He's got the magic. I dare someone to watch that man drum and not feel those rhythms man. I dare someone to watch Jeff drum and sit still the entire time. I dare you. The magic is an essential thing people. But then again, I guess it wouldn't be magic if everyone had it... So I guess I take that all back.
What I like most about St. Louis is... the river with the dead cops in it. It's a really nice river.
The best post-show food in St. Louis is... Steak 'n Shake. I do not like Steak 'n Shake. The food is just, nope. And please don't get me started on the wooden tooth picks they've disguised as "french fries." The greased out steak burgers aren't the most satisfactory edible creations known to man neither. I mean, I don't like Steak 'n Fake. I just don't, but I order the food anyway. Why? Good question. I have an answer.
When the team and I do shows, we don't get the most profit from them. I just charge it to the game and stay humbled. After all, we are still paying dues. And for people to enjoy what we do enough to call on us and rock their shows with them out of the billions of other musical artists in St. Louis is very gratifying. But the thing is, we as a collective put so much into and behind this art we produce, that it's not often that all of us can come together at once with enough money in our pockets as individuals to pay for what we eat on our own. We'd gladly cover for our brothers, no problem, but still, who takes pride in mooching ever? That's where the shows come in.
Now as i've mentioned before, these shows aren't really paying us enough to pay off any bills, car notes or expenses of the like just yet, BUT what they do offer is just enough bank for everyone in the collective that hit the stage to order whatever meal they'd like on the Steak 'n Shake menu. For just a moment, the entire group can come together and humbly enjoy a meal that they've worked hard to earn, on the same night, at the same time. To me, it feels like Thanksgiving. Shit. Better than Thanksgiving. It freaks me out man. These moments heavily out balance the taste of wood chips and grease on a bun any day. And since Steak 'n Shake is one of the few spots open at almost all hours around the clock, the choice on places to indulge in not so healthy dining endeavors is limited. And that is why Steak 'n Shake has the very best post-show food in St. Louis.
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