The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: June 2014

Categories: Hip-Hop

Nitty Scott with Alex Wiley and Kevin Abstract at the Ready Room
June 22
8 p.m. / $15

Born in Michigan, Nitty Scott moved to Brooklyn when she was seventeen to pursue a career as an emcee. She started the Boombox Family movement and the label Boombox Family Entertainment while in New York, which she uses as a tool to both protect and advance hip-hop culture. She caught her big break in 2010 when her freestyle over the Kanye West song "Monster" went viral. Since then she's released two mixtapes and one EP, and just dropped her debut album The Art of Chill under her own label. With a style akin to MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill and Ladybug Mecca, Nitty Scott performs indie, grassroots hip-hop at its finest.

St. Louis Underground Music Festival at Plush
June 28
1 p.m. / $10

St. Louis Underground Music Festival -- or S.L.U.M. Fest -- is now in its fifth installment, featuring both local and out-of-state talent. The festival includes more than 60 hip-hop artists and group performances, over twenty DJ sets, a B-Boy/B-Girl dance competition, a producer beat battle, an emcee freestyle battle and live displays by graffiti artists. S.L.U.M. Fest hosts an annual awards ceremony in January, putting on the hottest Midwest acts. You'll definitely get a diverse mix of hip-hop music (and your money's worth) at this twelve-hour festival.

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