Andre Benjamin

  • Film

    October 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    The Best Photos From LouFest 2014

    With nearly 40,000 people setting a new attendance record, it's easy to say that LouFest 2014 was a big success. Now having completed its fifth year, LouFest organizers have figured out a successful blend of established acts and trending bands that brings national attention to St. Louis and keeps co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Andre 3000 Death Growls, Pretends Things Are His Penis: An Outkast Review

    "Honestly, I never planned to go onstage again in that way. If I feel like I'm getting to a place where it's mimicking or a caricature, I just want to move on. But I felt like: Let me do it now 'cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they're happy. I really don't actually get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    The 10 Most Memorable Hip-Hop Albums From 1994

    A lot of electrons have been spent this year on commemorating rap albums that came out in 1994. That's for two reasons: 1994 was twenty years ago, and twenty is a nice round number. Oh, and also, a ton of rap albums that came out that year were amazing. Here are our ten favorites.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Things Outkast Is Cooler Than: The Complete List

    Outkast has made something of an art form out of cleverly describing its own level of "cool." Though the Atlanta duo is far from the first rap group to do so, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have certainly made a game out of it, employing all manner of wordplay in their explanations of the matter. "Cooler th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Outkast's Do-Over Recaptures the Spirit of '99

    Last weekend was supposed to mark the return of the gangster, when Andre 3000 and Big Boi played the first of 40 festival shows to celebrate the duo's twentieth anniversary. However, things didn't go according to plan. Many fans were turned off, even worse, bored by the set. How was this possible?

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Outkast Will Be Performing at Lollapalooza: What Does That Mean for LouFest?

    Lollapalooza is one of the crown jewels of the modern festival era. We may not love the lineup every year, but we certainly can see how, over the past decade, the Chicago production has redefined what a multi-stage, multi-day, multi-artist event can be, especially in an urban setting. The long-runni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Attention LouFest Organizers: Please Get OutKast, Thanks

    News broke just yesterday that Big Boi and Andre 3000, best-known for their work as the dynamic Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast, will be doing a festival tour this year. The outing is said to consist of over 40 dates this spring/summer, starting in mid-April at Indio, California's esteemed Coachella mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    LouFest: Fun for the Whole Family? A Study

    Last summer, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life at Bonnaroo. As my chums and I limped off the premises I vowed to make attending a music festival an annual event. Besides just being a great time and an efficient way to pack in many shows in a short period of time, it is an ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Mayer Hawthorne and the County at the Firebird, 5/22/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Mayer Hawthorne and the County | the Stepkids May 22, 2012 The Firebird Mayer Hawthorne is so smooth. His pitch-perfect pipes slide from fragile falsetto to deep, soul-filled croon; his style and swagger resemble a mix of Buddy Holly and Andre 3000. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, less than 50 miles f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    The Six Best Song Count Offs

    ​In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    Janelle Monae

    7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 20. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Handsome Furs, Beyonce, Thievery Corporation: This Week's New Releases

    ​Each Tuesday, record-store clerks unpack boxes of albums and restock shelves with the latest releases. This week brings an abundance of noteworthy releases, including new albums from pop diva Beyonce, Canadian couple-duo Handsome Furs and D.C.'s DJ group Thievery Corporation for starters.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, Keri Hilson Nelly and more at Superjam 4: 6/12/11

    Nelly makes a guest appearance to snuggle with Keri Hilson. Photo by Kiernan Maletsky​Super Jam 4 Mindless Behavior | Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe | Block Boyz | MoTre | Ruka Puff | Gena | Travis Porter | YC | Lloyd | Yo Gotti | Keri Hilson | Wiz Khalifa | Waka Flocka Flame | Ludacris Verizo ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
  • Music

    July 28, 2010


    7 p.m. Tuesday, August 3. Six Flags St. Louis, 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Download: Black Spade's Build & Destroy -- Hear St. Louis Hip-Hop at Its Very Best

    Peep the praying mantis on the left just chillin​Black Spade dropped his new mixtape Build and Destroy yesterday and the whole album is available for free download over on the Smoking Section. Click over there immediately, then get our your ear buds and put this baby on repeat. Incidentally, Spade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Get to Know: Junk Culture, Who's in Town Tonight at Antarctica

    Deepak Mantena, soon to be better known as Junk Culture, is the sample-happy, electronic virtuoso signed to Girl Talk's Illegal Art label. Mantena takes his name from a 1984 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark album -- and the Portland-by-way-of-Idaho-and-Mississippi artist just picked up a tour with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Preview Interview: Big Boi's Album Listening Party at Shock City Studios, Tuesday, June 22 2010

    ​In anticipation of his new solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Big Boi has been holding private listening parties in select cities across the country. Last night St. Louis got a sneak peek at the upcoming project, as local entertainers and media personnel came out to ne ... More >>