Rapper Talib Kweli Claims Police Threatened His Life in Ferguson

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Brooklyn-based rapper/activist Talib Kweli, probably best known for his 2002 single "Get By," produced by Kanye West, as well as his work with Mos Def as one half of Black Star, famously got into a heated argument with CNN anchor Don Lemon in Ferguson a couple of weeks ago -- but apparently that was not the most combative exchange during his time in north St. Louis County.

See also: Talib Kweli Visits Ferguson, Squares Off With CNN Reporter

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LouFest Musicians Tweet Love for St. Louis

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Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim. See more photos here.

Another LouFest has come and gone, and many are saying that this year's event was one of the best yet. With Outkast leading a two-day lineup of Grouplove, Matt and Kim, Cake, Trombone Shorty, Portugal. the Man and other stellar acts, concertgoers certainly got their money's worth.

But it's not just the fans who enjoy festivals like LouFest. Just hours -- sometimes even minutes! -- after their sets, many of the fest's acts took to social media to share their appreciation for the way St. Louis rocked the hell out.

See our complete LouFest coverage here.

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MC Hammer Comes to Ferguson, Probably Fixes Everything

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Time traveler Rapper MC Hammer, best known for his 1990 hit "U Can't Touch This" (which is now 24 years old; Jesus Christ) took time out of his busy(?) schedule to visit Ferguson this week, meeting with Alderman Antonio French and attending the funeral services for Mike Brown. This adds to the growing list of rappers who have appeared on the scene -- J. Cole, Talib Kweli, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Tef Poe, Prince Ea and more have also been in the area in the past weeks.

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"Bands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson Benefit Show Fills the Ready Room This Sunday

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The Ready Room

Punk and protest are old friends. In keeping with that tradition, members of the St. Louis music community have organized a concert this Sunday, August 31, with the proceeds going toward two organizations: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment and the Organization for Black Struggle. The benefit show, hosted by the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue), features nearly twenty acts in a six-hour span -- a power run of regional music in solidarity with the daily struggles of protestors made more evident by the recent events in Ferguson.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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Emcee Classiq Sounds Off on Ferguson with a Furious Freestyle

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Orange County, California, rapper Emcee Classiq has recorded an impassioned freestyle against police violence in Ferguson.

It's been two and a half tension-filled weeks since police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown. The young African American's death set off clashes in the streets between militarized police and angry residents, and many questions remain unanswered. Like rapper J.Cole's raw tribute song "Be Free," Emcee Classiq took to the mic to express his pain.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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MTV Airs Ferguson PSAs During the VMAs: Watch Now

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On Sunday, during its 31st annual Video Music Awards, MTV aired two fifteen-second public-service announcements inspired by the shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown and the unrest in his hometown of Ferguson that has followed in the weeks since.

The PSAs are a part of a campaign called Look Different, led by MTV in partnership with the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the National Council of La Raza.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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Common Leads VMAs in Moment of Silence for Mike Brown, Kardashians Check Phones

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Before presenting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday, rapper Common spoke briefly about slain teen Mike Brown and the tension in Ferguson since Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9 before leading those assembled in a moment of silence.

"Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change," Common said. "From Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown, and for peace in this country and in the world."

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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Cat Power's Solidarity in Song at the Firebird 8/24/14: Review

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Cat Power performing at LouFest 2011.
When St. Louis last saw Chan Marshall, she was performing on a dark stage in Forest Park at LouFest 2011. Though barely visible as the sun went down, she and her expert, frenzied band bent the blues to their will. You couldn't see her, but if you heard her, you recognized it as the most powerful set at the festival.

This was before the release of her largely self-played, ambient-rock album Sun -- for financial and emotional reasons, her most prolonged and difficult project. These days, those who follow Marshall on the social platforms know her for her all-caps, ideogrammed barrages, coming and going as if she were addicted to every progressive RSS feed on the planet. Instagram activism from indie-rock stars is generally wince-inducing. With Cat Power, it's another glimpse, like it or not, into the manic, unfiltered spirit behind her music.

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S.L.U.M. Fest Presents Michael Brown Benefit Show This Sunday

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This Sunday, the crew behind Saint Louis Underground Music Festival, a collective that showcases the hip-hop community in St. Louis, presents a benefit show for the late Michael Brown. The concert, hosted by Plush (3224 Locust Street; 314-535-2686), features more than a dozen local artists including Tef Poe, Thi'sl, Mario Pascal, Nato Caliph, 2014 RFT Music Award winners Doorway, and more. The all-ages, family friendly event runs from 4 to 9 p.m., and all proceeds will go to the family of Michael Brown.

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Anti-Flag Gets Belgian Crowd to Chant "Hands Up; Don't Shoot" During Concert

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Anti-Flag in Belgium.
Politically charged Pittsburgh punk band Anti-Flag performed in Belgium at Pukkelpop 2014 this past weekend, taking the opportunity to address the unrest in Ferguson surrounding the shooting of eighteen-year-old Mike Brown by a police officer on August 9. Clad in T-shirts that read "Hands up; don't shoot," the most popular rallying cry to come out of the protests surrounding the case, the band stressed the need for justice in the case and decried violence at the hands of the police, adding that "we the people" must be the watchdogs.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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