Sixteen St. Louis Hip-Hop Acts to Watch in 2014

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Legend Camp

Legend Camp- Fresh off the heels of their newly release LP "Camp Audio" the LC crew consisting of X-Luger and Fresh Voice are on a course to do the impossible. They have meshed the catchiness of St. Louis dance music with the grittiness of conscious hardbody hip hop. Their album's literally sound like they hand picked the best producers in the city one by one and locked them in the studio. I don't think anyone has a better beat selection process than Legend Camp and this is quickly becoming their trademark. Their live shows are action packed and full of energy. They are a staple in St. Louis hip hop. Everyone loves them and we all want to see them win. As a fan I am hoping 2014 will be the year they achieve the critical acclaim they truly deserve.I've always been a Legend Camp fan , this is my favorite St. Louis rap group.

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SMS

SMS - She is likely the most unknown artist on this list, but possibly one of the most talented individuals our city has to offer the world of music. St. Louis super-producer Tech Supreme has finally found an experimental pop artist that is capable of meshing her poetic songwriting ability with his hard-hitting and ever-evolving production. I'm often harsh on newcomers but over the course of time she has made me a fan and a believer. You won't be able to find any of her music at the current moment. She has performed at Grove Fest and has toured the midwest region, breaking the ice as a performer. Her music merges the dance elements of hip-hop with the sing-along enjoyment of pop music. I wanted to be the first music critic to write about her, because once the trigger is pulled her career in St. Louis will be automatic. She has a slight bit of soulfulness that comes quite unexpected when you consider her range as a singer. In 2014 I am predicting she will have a breakout year and convert more than a few music lovers into fans of her movement.

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Dollaz

Dough Staxxx Dollaz - Dough is from East St. Louis and may very well be the first of his kind in the St. Louis rap scene. I say this because he is a character without purposefully attempting to be a character. His story is unique -- he's the nephew of one of the most well-known hip-hop managers in the town, Jay Stretch. Yet he didn't inherit his buzz overnight due to his uncle's connections -- he worked for it the old-fashioned way, and now you can hear the voice of the man commonly known as "Dollaz" occasionally getting a spin on St. Louis radio. He is in the studio at the moment with his Cele-bra-Gz crew (Mexico, J-Ruger, Batz Balboa), putting the finishing touches on his debut project. He has done it all over the course of the last year in the name of promoting his brand. Dollaz is a naturally entertaining and interesting person. In 2014 I'm hoping to see him score big with a citywide hit or maybe a high-quality rap video that will take his situation to the next level.

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Rip the General- Controversy sells, but it eventually burns out. With that said, I believe Rip the General is more than a controversy-driven rapper. He is directly connected to the likes of Tupac's crew, the Outlawz, and has collaborated with them more than a few times. While I personally don't agree with everything he does, you have to admire his passion. The phrase "it's deeper than rap" is really applicable to his career and lifestyle choices. The numbers don't lie, and the numbers support the notion that he has a fanbase. His music is harsh and often carries an unapologetic message. People have long asked when we would give him his due credit. Last time I spoke with him he notified me that he is currently collaborating with several MCs outside of the country and in 2014 he is hoping to be viewed in a more positive light.

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18 comments
George Cameron
George Cameron

Geez, Eric. Have a Snickers. Also, +1 for stalking my profile as if my occupation was at all relevant.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

go back to boycotting coke like anyone cares

Ryan Sevener
Ryan Sevener

The St Louis rap scene? I'm sure it sucks balls like every rap scene

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

You sound like you would be a financial analyst at mercedes-benz.

Sarahhmiichelle
Sarahhmiichelle

Hey guys! I have a few things on sound cloud but right now i'm working on putting out my first album! It should be out in the next few months :D I'm really excited about it. This is the link to my sound cloud if you want to listen to the one's I have up! https://soundcloud.com/sarah-sgro

George Cameron
George Cameron

If you can't handle hearing negative opinions without attacking the person, people, you should get off the internet. Also, disliking something doesn't make you a "hater", but if it helps you to think that he's jealous, go ahead with your delusions.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

FYI: we hear the way you talk when you're in private company, and it's despicable. ears are everywhere.

Rebecca Stiles
Rebecca Stiles

David why say anything if you don't like it ? And no it hasn't run it's course, go back under you rock sir.

benasmith
benasmith

Ya know whats great about this article, a lot of new musicians and absolutely no links or pointers as to how to find their music. This is on the internet you know?

Laura Harris
Laura Harris

Some people are really haters, never taught by their parents to not say nothing at all if its not good

Jillybean10
Jillybean10

how do you find SMS's music?  named herself after a healthcare system.

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

Hasn't that run it course... Really bad attempt at music.

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