The 10 Most Memorable Hip-Hop Albums From 1994

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A lot of electrons have been spent this year on commemorating rap albums that came out in 1994. That's for two reasons: 1994 was twenty years ago, and twenty is a nice round number.

Oh, and also, a ton of rap albums that came out that year were amazing. Here are our ten favorites.

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

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St. Louis has a fair amount of hip-hop concerts this September to ease your end-of-summer woes. Catch a whiff of the underground with Inspectah Deck and a benefit for Mike Brown, or catch a little mainstream action with the coveted Die Antwoord and Ab-Soul. From the local to the lesser known and downright wavey and weird, these are the best St. Louis hip-hop shows of September.

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Doorway's Jammie Jam Promises a Night of Sweet Dreams

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Doorway asks, "What's your jam? Your pajammie jam?"

Wearing pajamas makes any activity infinitely more fun. Just think about how much cooler checking out library books, doing taxes or even attending world peace summits might be if everyone wore those old-timey PJs with the flap on the butt.

Imagine, then, the kind of epic party local hip-hop group Doorway will throw down with all four of its members performing in sleep pants and boxers.

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

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St. Louis is serving up a healthy batch of national and local shows for y'all this month. Whether you're looking for a dance party to practice your #SchmoneyDance or want to rap alongside Wiz Khalifa on his newest banger "We Dem Boyz," we've got you covered. You're welcome.

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Nelly, Tef Poe, Nick Menn and JGE Retro Featured in Budweiser "Made in America" Video

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Budweiser and Vice Noisey have teamed up to create the "Made in America" series, a project that sees Budweiser/Vice travelling all across the country and showcasing homegrown talents in the cities throughout. The entire affair is a run-up to Jay-Z's big Made in America Festival, slated for August 30 in LA and Philadelphia.

See also: Budweiser's "Made in America" Concert at the Pageant Was Kinda Epic

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Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Actually Good

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Body Count, who performed last night at Mayhem Fest, are a shining example of this unexpected phenomenon.
Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-hop elements like rapping and turntables were a serious low point.

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Hip-Hop Did Not Begin How You Think It Did

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To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax.

From there, Kool Moe Dee battled Busy Bee and changed how rappers could rap, Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel put out "The Message" -- changing what rappers could rap about -- and Run-DMC released "Sucker MCs (Krush Groove 1)," which changed how rap could sound.

At the start of it all, of course, was DJ Kool Herc's 1973 block party in the Bronx, which effectively birthed hip-hop as we know it.

Those are the bullet points, but they don't answer the question: How did rapping get started in the first place?

See also: The History of Rap's Oldest Cliche

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

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Ying Yang Twins

The city is certainly heating up and so are our hip-hop lineups for July. This month's shows feature a healthy sampling of rap: the indie, underground and mainstream, all coming from the East, West and Midwest. To spice things up even more, not one of St. Louis' venues is repeated twice, providing a completely incomparable experience. So if getting low is your style, then don't miss ATL's Ying Yang Twins at the Ready Room. If you'd rather pull that slot machine, then Lil Debbie's got you covered at the Firebird. July's bringing it to you, hip-hop heads.

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P. Diddy Admires Local Art, Hangs out with Ozzie Smith During St. Louis Party

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P. Diddy: St. Louis art lover.

Everybody enjoys playing tourist when they're in St. Louis, and rapper P. Diddy is no exception.

His royal Puffyness. was in town June 8 to throw a birthday party for St. Louis promoter LooseCannon S.L.I.M. at the Coliseum. But before the shindig, he managed to catch a few sights, including admiring the work of local artist Jennifer Hayes.

See also: P. Diddy to Host Birthday Party in St. Louis This Weekend

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Tupac's Group the Outlawz to Perform in St. Louis for His Birthday

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Tupac Shakur was one of the most controversial, musically gifted and socially complicated minds of our time. For any true fan of his music, his admiration and respect for his crew members and childhood friends the Outlawz is very well known. Despite the deaths of two of the group's members (Shakur and Yaki Kadafi), the group has withstood the test of time.

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