Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months St. Louis 2006 - "Like a Pro"
Readers' Choice: "Japan It," Ludo
Ruka Puff's live show has always been outstanding: He tears the shirt off his flabby chest and crunks it up to eleven. The only rap against the mohawk-sporting, Hoo Bangin' Records MC is that the production on his debut, Escaped: Off the Chains, wasn't up to snuff. But that was forgotten with the release of his recent single, "Like a Pro," an explosive dance-floor anthem in which Ruka imparts that he's "looking for a girl that'll rub my belly!" The song even earned spins on the local corporate hip-hop stationsno mean feat. For this, we declare "Like a Pro" the Ted Drewes of crunk jams: local, thick and superior.