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

Categories: Hip-Hop

Koncept & J57 with RoQ'y TyRaiD, Tony Walker, Riley B and Farout at 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center
July 26
9 p.m. / $7-$10

New York-based duo Koncept & J57 only joined forces in 2013 after Koncept was invited to record in Red Bull Records' Los Angeles studio. While Koncept writes the rhymes, J57 produces the beats. Together in Red Bull's studio, the pair recorded The Fuel EP, which is slated for fall 2014, and Flight LP, which will drop in 2015. In his solo career, Koncept has released four projects; as a producer, J57 has worked with Homeboy Sandman, Nitty Scott, YC the Cynic and Denitia & Sene, among others. Koncept & J57's show is supported by San Diego's RoQ'y TyRaiD, and St. Louis locals Tony Walker, Riley B and Farout.

Pigeon John with Tanya Morgan, Whiteout, AtM, Mvstermind and Playdough at the Gramophone
July 26
10:00 p.m. / $10

Los Angeles native Pigeon John began his rap career spitting rhymes at the Good Life Cafe in LA -- the same spot where many notable acts, such as the Pharcyde, Jurassic 5, and Kurupt, had their start. After working LA's hip-hop scene in the '90s as a solo artist and member of independent hip-hop group LA Symphony, PJ dropped his first solo project Is Clueless in 2001, and followed it up with four more albums over a nine-year span. He's currently on tour for his latest release, Encino Man, which still showcases his underground, indie sound.

Rap group Tanya Morgan consists of MC Donwill, and MC and producer Von Pea. In 2003 Brooklyn-born Von Pea and Cincinatti-bred Donwill met on an Okayplayer.com message board and decided to collaborate on an album, swapping files via AOL Instant Messenger. Since then the duo has released thirteen projects, with another on the way. Tanya Morgan prides itself on being underground and indie, but the group still gets a lot of love from big-name publications such as The Source, XXL, Spin and New York Magazine.

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