The Force has too many members to include a complete rundown of everything it's cooking up, but a few websites are keeping tabs on the collective: the aforementioned Smoking Section, Tech's blog (irepstl.wordpress.com) and mademonarchs.com, the latter of which emphasizes fashion. With such a strong presence on the Internet, the group's working hard to capitalize on the buzz it's created. So what are their goals for the next five years?

Tech Supreme: Success. Not necessarily money success, but we want to be in a position to do what we love. We love making music, and we want to make it our full-time job.

RFT: Ideally, would that include running a label or studio?

The Force, from top: Tef Poe, Rep, Corey Black, QBTrifeckta, Tech Supreme, Rome, VandalyzmFinsta, Nodzilla, DJ ReminiseBryant Stewart, Nato Caliph, Lyfestile, VandalyzmEddie Holman, Travis Xroszby, Shadzilla
The Force, from top: Tef Poe, Rep, Corey Black, QBTrifeckta, Tech Supreme, Rome, VandalyzmFinsta, Nodzilla, DJ ReminiseBryant Stewart, Nato Caliph, Lyfestile, VandalyzmEddie Holman, Travis Xroszby, Shadzilla

Finsta: Ideally, we'll be like a new Motown. St. Louis can be the next city — we've been the "next city" for three or four years.

TS: St. Louis is definitely boiling right now. We're about to put the ramen noodles in...

Why do you think it has taken so long?

Finsta: St. Louis is a hard town when it comes to music. I think we've pretty much been sharpening our blades for years now.

TS: You've got the Force movement, plus you've got Bradd Young making good R&B music. You've got the Aye-Verbs and Remys getting national attention on the battle-rap side of things. Everything's just coming together.

How would you define your role in this paradigm shift?

TS: When you turn on the radio and hear a hip-hop song, that's what the Force is. When you go to a show and it's packed wall-to-wall, that's the Force. We're everywhere!

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