The Thirteen Best St. Louis Rappers

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Saint Orleans
To be successful in St. Louis hip-hop you need a club anthem. To change the world you need a versatile catalog and the ability to entertain any type of crowd you're placed in front of. To create a buzz and make yourself one of the most sought-after rappers in the city, you need a self-reliant work ethic. Saint Orleans has all of the above. As the newest member of the Force crew, he has merged powers with one of the most recognized collectives in the St. Louis area to broaden his profile. His hit single "We Don't Luvem" is a St. Louis classic and will be played in this city by clubgoers and DJs forever. The difference is Saint Orleans is not a club rapper. He hails from New Orleans and moved here many years ago to flee the violence of the Big Easy. His rap name, Saint Orleans, pays homage to both cities. He has organized and released a very successful clothing line with his self-made crew Aviator Gang, which has also helped his partner M-Eazy release a few noteworthy singles and a solo mixtape. His latest project, Top Shelf, gives us more than a few reasons to be on high alert when it comes to watching his growth. Without fail, Saint Orleans will out-rap you, get more radio spins than you and easily out-work you. He often foot-soldiers his own mixtapes and can be caught in traffic distributing his music to eager fans. His performances are energetic and magnetizing. Saint Orleans should be everyone's favorite rapper.

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MC Keem
Whether you're talking about club music, lyricists or gangster-rap music, you can't mention St. Louis rap and not mention this man. He fits perfectly into every mold. He created a song many moons ago called "Thick Wit It," which has developed over the course of time to be just as classic in St. Louis hip-hop as Nelly's lead single from Country Grammar. Keem (formerly known as Hakeem Tha Dream) has created sonically perfect St. Louis party music, writing heartstring-pulling, compelling stories. Ciphers and battles? He's done that as well. He has showcased a level of versatility many can't even fathom: Keem, without a shadow of a doubt, is a St. Louis rap legend. Anything he touches in this city works out in his favor. He can rhyme better than most rappers you will encounter, yet for some reason people resist giving him the proper credit he deserves -- while continually dancing to the music he creates. He recently spit a freestyle over Migo's track "Versace," which received airplay on the radio as if it were the official remix. These days you can hear Keem on the Lou Gotti Boyz lead single "Twerkaholic" with Laudie and Luey V.

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Stevie Stone
Stevie Stone is from St. Louis and signed to Tech N9ne's label Strange Music. He tours with Tech N9ne and collaborates with him on a regular basis. But local media tends to ignore the fact that we have a rap artist signed to the biggest indie-rap label in the country living right here. Stevie Stone is a true success story, finding his potential every day. If he's signed to Strange, theres no need to wonder about his rapping ability. He's worked hand in hand with St. Louis underground fixture Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R. and is partially the reason Phat Buddha Studios can claim dominance over the downtown area. Stone is not your typical St. Louis rapper. He has slowly built an empire off the radar as a indie artist while releasing albums and touring the world. His music is different but engaging; his performances are designed for stadium audiences.


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Brian Mull
Brian Mull

rap, crap, it's all the same......

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

Ask how Richie incognito feels about the opposite of "I hate whitey". The double standards will never stop in this country, if it wasn't so fucked up it would be funny.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

because that one guy says "i hate whitey" way better than the other guy.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

It'll be dead within 10 years, yet rock & roll lives on!

Dave Davis
Dave Davis

Christian Rap rules St. Louis This'l

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

so...can "got bitches in my escalade, 30 inch rims." be said "brighter" than someone else?

ABTN
ABTN

Nite Owl

Brian Mull
Brian Mull

Hey, I got an autotone, maybe I can give this crap a try.....

Shannon Hayden
Shannon Hayden

rap sucks.it do's not contribute one positive thing in society

GaryApplesauce
GaryApplesauce

Aside from Black Spade, Tef, & Rocky... this is some of the same old, tired ass, regurgitated hood rap.   Production has gone stale.  Lyrics about the same old shit.  If this the best STL has to offer, that's a shame. 

John Prophet
John Prophet

I think it's funny that the people who think rapping requires no talent at all haven't become millionaires yet. If it takes absolutely no talent, why not toss off a quick rhyme and win next year's VMAs? You could grind on Miley Cyrus without having any talent at all.

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

I cannot tell if this is something you feel strongly about or not. Need more exclamation points.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

who wants to rap? Who wants to listen to that garbage? Its all a damn joke. People are getting rich off of no talent turds making noise thats sounds like shit. The worst part of it all is that stupid morans buy and listen to it. Its like shitting on a plate in a restaurant and saying here you go. Eat this.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

rap is crap and for no talent turds that cant sing or play and instrument. Bottom line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Classless !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aurellius TheSaint
Aurellius TheSaint

Mad Respeck To All The Emcees & Rappers On Tha List / I Fux Wit All Of Em -#Honorable_Mentions

Lena Wheat
Lena Wheat

Aurellius TheSaint is the best from the 618/314 area..♥ ya!!

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

But only a select few do it well with enough consistency to listen to their material

msboyd2008
msboyd2008

Hmmmm.... I don't see Nato Caliph and Fallout from Illphonics....ijs!

msboyd2008
msboyd2008

Ummm.... What about Nato and Fallout from Illphonics?

jayking0071
jayking0071

Stevie Stone is good people...and he can kill it on a drumline.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

idk man. i did like the first one on the list...

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

btw i am exagerating for anyone who thinks that i'm being 100% serious. but i can't believe that no one from indyground made it.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

Congrats to the homies getting much deserved shine. Propers RFT for shedding light on our scene.

Joe Happy-Pork Chop Wood
Joe Happy-Pork Chop Wood

I've tried to relate to it but usually for the wrong reasons I cannot stand rap... gives me a headache makes me feel nervous for some reason... and besides that I can't relate to it... I can relate better to folk music country music blues music jazz music... which seems to have some kind of emotional quality and redeeming or sympathetic or soothing at least for me rap has none of that plus I cannot stand the culture... I have that through for rap singles in there and I like Tupac Shakur's later music other than that that's about it is articulating honest as I can be about.

Anna Felixidocious Ross
Anna Felixidocious Ross

Thank you for your insightful, articulate comment that adds to the conversation. I think we need more people like you in the world.

IndyGround Crew
IndyGround Crew

happy to see Tef and Rocky, Nick Menn, and the man B Magic, but where is Farout??? He travels as much as anyone from there except for Stevie, who's also fam, Show Me State got it!!

tmarkbiz
tmarkbiz

Not liking rap makes you racist? I guess not liking rice makes you racist too.... Or salsa....

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