The Thirteen Best St. Louis Rappers

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Indiana Rome
Rome was once described in the Riverfront Times as "the less imaginative" member of the Force. It's often difficult to queue into his universe because you're uncertain where to find him due to his knack for collaboration projects (Gas House Gang, ThisIstheDope, Eastern Conference Finals w/ William H, Thug Friends), but once we locate him and enter his world, we discover that his mixtapes often carry heavy 808-induced production and rhymes schemes inspired by our favorites. His music is layered, with undertones paying homage to Pimp C all while being supported by an immaculate soundscape of sample-based production. His rhymes are usually flawlessly pieced together and he makes most of own beats, which makes him a true hidden gem in the studio. His production is comparable to the early days the Three Six Mafia sound. Indiana Rome is one of the most gifted rappers in the St. Louis music scene today. You can hear growth in his music from project to project, and his music videos have become his virtual calling card.

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Black Spade
Black Spade does not want to be lauded as one of the best hip-hop artists in St. Louis. If he had his druthers, he would share the honor with a dozen different members of his crew. And while all of them are incredibly talented artists in their own right, Spade's on another level. His production work, done under the name Stoney Rock, sounds like the futuristic hybrid of J Dilla and Madlib. His rhymes are sincere and insightful. His singing is a soulful style all its own. His projects fuse the divergent styles of several Force members into a cohesive work of art. And so Spade deserves his praise -- not just for being one of the best, but also for bringing the best out of his peers.

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Tef Poe
When KDHX (88.1 FM) launched a billboard campaign featuring local artists, Tef Poe was an obvious choice. He is one of the largest personalities in St. Louis music, from his thoughtful columns in this publication to calling out Archfront Media for screwing him over on his opening set for Rakim. Tef Poe only seems like a shit-stirrer because he has turned his lack of a filter into an aesthetic, and in the tradition of polarizing figures like Kanye West and Tyler the Creator, he has the flow to back it up. Need proof? Check out his Hero Killer mixtape, fresh off the heels of last year's excellent War Machine II and a winning streak on BET's 106 & Park Freestyle Fridays competition.


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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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