Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His newest project War Machine 2 was released on June 5th and will be followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For The Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get War Machine 2 here.
In a rapidly growing hip-hop genre filled with young talent, Timmy "Timmy Stallone" Menzel is turning a lot of heads in the local St. Louis scene.
A recent graduate from Webster Groves High School, he just released his first project The One Step Program, which has generated a massive number of downloads without any major blog support or cosigns. With a strong online presence and large following at shows, people are wondering what is in store for this young artist.
Born in 1992, Timmy grew up around a lot of music from his uncles who played in rock bands. He also spent a lot of time with his older brother, who was always showing him different types of music, mainly hip-hop.
Timmy had become a fan of artists such as Outkast, Nelly, Eminem, DMX and Dr. Dre by the age of eight. At age sixteen, he developed a reputation at his high school for freestyling and recording rough tracks with childhood friend Parker "P. Stoves" Stovall.
While at Webster Groves High School, he became a fan of local rap duo the ChalkBoyz, who have a large fan base. "That is how I was introduced to the St. Louis local scene. I came across artists like Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe, Ruka Puff, Indiana Rome, Vandalyzm, and Family Affair all through the ChalkBoyz shows and web presence," he says.
By Timmy's sophomore year of high school, he was heavily influenced by the St. Louis local scene as well as artists like Three 6 Mafia, Young Jeezy, Lil Wyte, and Rick Ross. This is when Timmy started writing raps and formulating his plot to become an artist.
In 2009, he started recording rough tracks with P.Stoves as well as working with rapper/producer Calvin "C-Swaggg" Lewis, who is one half of the production duo "The District.
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