Gangsta rap, where have you gone? About 20 years ago at this time, we were in the middle of an unprecedented run of gangsta rap greatness, with Death Row, Bad Boy, Ruthless, Rap-A-Lot and others all functioning at high levels. And while the songs and albums from this era continue to get sh ... More >>
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar has dropped off of this year's Summer Jam concert presented by Hot 104.1 (WHHL). No reason for the absence was given. Lamar was to be the headliner for the event.
Well, 2013 is coming to a close and the year-end lists are pouring in from all corners of the music universe. St. Louis saw more than its fair share of incredible live music over that last 365 days, with stops from the much-hyped (Chance the Rapper, Masked Intruder), the much-adored (Iron Maiden, Me ... More >>
Kanye West is coming to St. Louis in support of his latest album, Yeezus and he's bringing Kendrick Lamar with him. The show will be at Scottrade Center on December 2. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 28 at 10 a.m. You can purchase them at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, Ticketmaster ... More >>
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. ... More >>
After an incredibly violent Monday night in St. Louis, metro police officers were busy again yesterday evening responding to several dangerous calls from the streets. One cop faced a hail of bullets from a driver at around the same time that another cop, in a separate incident, was injured in a poli ... More >>
Amber Dover, a co-owner of the Archive Bookstore in St. Louis, says she can't ignore her financial struggles anymore: The time has come, it seems, to close the doors of her independent shop. "I've been really, really heartbroken," Dover tells Daily RFT. "I feel like I'm at the deathbed of a good f ... More >>
Compton's new "King of West Coast Hip-Hop" (so dubbed by the likes of Dr. Dre, the Game and Snoop Dogg) made a stop in St. Louis last night to a packed Chaifetz Arena. The prodigious, fan-favorite rapper was welcomed by a rabidly excited crowd, and performed with the confidence of a veteran, rather ... More >>
Day one of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brought something more unusual than ironic outfits or that poor guy who couldn't get his flip flops on for the life of him: this year there was rain. The festival held in the Southern California desert is known for scorching, sometime ... More >>
‚ÄčDamonte Simmons, a 20-year-old black man, was shot multiple times in the chest at 4:54 p.m. Tuesday while in the 400 block of Eichelberger Street (above). Simmons ran north one block to the 5300 block of Compton after being shot, where he collapsed and died.Police have no suspects or motive for t ... More >>
It's 11 11 11 folks, which probably means the apocalypse is coming. Or maybe all these elevens mean you should just buy lottery tickets or something. So, how will you users of the Gregorian calendar be celebrating 11/11/11? We have at least one suggestion: Our friends at Eleven magazine are ... More >>
To call Smokin' Baby -- the studio owned and operated by Jason Hutto of the band Warm Jets USA -- a rock & roll kind of place is to somewhat understate the case. Located just north of Cherokee on Compton, the basement recording space is lean, mean and filthy. Cut the smoke with a knife and it will b ... More >>
Diana BenantiNasty Cat Bath performing last night at Civil Ape's studio. Last Friday we told you about Civil Ape's fundraiser for the St. Louis Arts Project (SLAP) Conference in conjunction with the weeklong Chautauqua Art Labs. About 125 people gathered to check out design collective Civil A ... More >>
The Midtown Alley Street Fest is taking place today from 4-11 p.m. in, um, Midtown. Says the event's website: The Happy Hour of the summer takes place on Locust Street in the heart of Midtown Alley. Free to the public, Locust will be closed from Garrison to Compton to celebrate the neighborhood wit ... More >>
St. Louis police report that they were re-canvassing the neighborhood surrounding the 4400 block of Evans this morning when they spotted a Dodge Charger they believe may have been involved in yesterday's robbery of ATM Solutions. The suspect was arrested after crashing his Dodge Charger at Compton ... More >>
David Thornton was inside the split-family home he rented with his girlfriend Monday night when three gunmen burst through the door, shooting him in the back. The murder happened just after dark in this flat in the 3800 block of Compton, a distance from Chippewa.‚Äč
If James Intveld wasn't such a nice guy, you'd want to kill him. The L.A.-born rockabilly and country singer acts, directs, writes, produces and can play any instrument you throw at him. Last year's Have Faith, his third solo album, offers a graceful ode to the Nashville Sound without losing his hon ... More >>
Advocates for the disabled flag down Missouriís highway builders and demand they pay greater attention to accessibility.
Who knew Shakespeare was so good at rehabilitation?
CD Baby's weird and wacky Missouri musicians, "Yo! RFT Raps" talks to inBox magazine's svengali, and the Raconteurs star in this week's Download
DJ Crucial ropes in an all-star cast of collaborators for his latest album
Two St. Louis rappers deconstruct an early-'90s classic
"No stronger than the tap water in Compton": We put Forties to the test
Our handy guide to this year's Music Showcase
The Documentary (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)
Forget caroling. Here are a few hip-hop jammy-jams to warm your Yule log.
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Lee is 28 years old, lives at home with his parents and will let you jerk him off for $25
Wednesday, March 10; Pageant
Mallinckrodt's workers were poisoned and the government said it would pay. So far, those promises haven't been kept.
Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)
Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas
Monday, March 18; Way Out Club
Week of February 27, 2002
Public housing is going upscale, and it's the new "mixed-income" mantra that's doing the trick. At Darst-Webbe, "upscale" won't house everyone who's poor, but it'll sure make poverty invisible.
Cleaning out the inbox yields interesting results
The homeless take a hike so that a "community" can come together.
A trip to the South Side is a quick way to go south of the border