Luckily, Fresco/Gena/Number One Assassin/Lawary is no stranger to the long game. While the name may be a new one, the artist behind it has been grinding away in the St. Louis hip-hop scene for years — his "Dope Boy Fresh" singled peaked in 2006. Kane cites the Pageant and Pop's as two of his favorite spots in town. "Those are two places I would definitely want to come home and play," he says. He doesn't want his signing to cloud the perception his fans have of him or to overwhelm the hard, feet-to-the-pavement work he's put in for the last half decade. "I got signed off of talent," Kane says. "I don't want people to fuck with me just because I got a deal. I want to earn that shit."

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