To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>
We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to inexplicably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."
There was a big tour announcement yesterday in the EDM universe, and for once it involved St. Louis! Two of electronic music's young guns will be touching down as part of the Infinite Daps Tour at the Old Rock House (1200 South 7th Street; 314-588-0505) July 18: Baauer and RL Grime. See Also: - Fin ... More >>
In recent music news, Radiohead will begin working on a new record in September. Nine Inch Nails is reforming. Pearl Jam is releasing another undoubtedly awful new record. And somehow, Iggy and the Stooges are gearing up for a new release. But more importantly, the Harlem Shake is a thing. See Mor ... More >>
We can't ignore it any longer. The Harlem Shake has officially gone viral. This video dance meme trend thingy is so viral that folks all over Missouri have been jumping on the fad in hopes of achieving some true virality here. In support of these attempts -- and some have a lot of views already! -- ... More >>
2 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue.
The first annual SLUM Fest awards were held over the weekend at Atomic Cowboy. The event featured performances from over a dozen of the best hip-hop groups and solo artists in St. Louis -- standouts included OOOPS and Tef Poe, who also won for best male artist and best mixtape. Awards were announced ... More >>
The St. Louis Underground Music Festival, held this year at the Atomic Cowboy back in June, has introduced a ballot for its 2012 Slumfest Hip-Hop Awards ballot. The categories include Best Hip-Hop Artist (male and female), Best Graffiti Artist, Best B-Boy Crew, Best Album, Artist of the Year ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, October 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
So, Katy Perry tweeted the following video at Taylor Swift earlier today. It's a whole treatise on country hip-hop dancing, colloquially known as "cowboy hip-hop." I'm not sure what's better: the new-age flute on the video's soundtrack, the fashion -- spandex bike shorts under jean shorts, classiqu ... More >>
From 2 p.m. until the wee hours of the night, the St. Louis Underground Music (S.L.U.M.) Festival invaded Atomic Cowboy. Breakdancing battles, art, DJ battles -- and, of course, plenty of performances from movers and shakers in the local hip-hop/rap/DJ community -- marked the day. Jon Gitchoff went ... More >>
We're just going to let that flyer up there speak for itself: The first-annual St. Louis Underground Music Fest (S.L.U.M.) takes over Atomic Cowboy and the Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy this Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 (with a $2 minor surcharge). The all-day festival spotlights p ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, February 18. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
El Perro del Mar Where: The Gargoyle Playing With: Peter Bjorn and John Sounds Like: "The 2009 release Love Is Not Pop furthers Sarah Assbring's deconstruction of pop and indie-folk forms -- the melodies linger, the grooves float, the themes sigh -- but a sonic laboratory of dubby delay and electron ... More >>
All in the name of hip-hop
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
El Cartel: The Big Boss (Interscope)
Kids don't listen to what teacher's putting down? Gabe Moskoff, a.k.a. DJ Trackstar, wants to reach them through rap.
8 p.m., St. Louis University's Billiken Club (Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Boulevard).
Friday, April 21, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)
Hunter Brumfield III: 1974-2005
Hey, Bill and Nancy Laurie: Unreal's got $200 and a hot new dance craze! Plus, we learn how to dupe the beer vendors at Fair Saint Louis, join a local blog in the clubhouse and get Matt Blunt's feelings on (Confederate) flag-burning.
Hip-hop, clowns and war dances meet on the street in Rize
A new local DVD and dance contest revive breakin' in the Lou
Daniel Raedeke: Always Almost New
A breakdance battle is Radar Station's madeleine
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)
These days anyone can make a mix CD, and everyone does. Two local standouts manage to challenge as well as entertain.
Breakin' it down old-school
Jamie Kennedy gets down with the brizown
Scratch reveals the power of two turntables, minus the microphone
St. Louis art collector Gregg Smith shares his passion, the work of 1980s New York artists, in a new exhibition
Saturday, Aug. 19; Black River Amphitheater (Lesterville, Mo.)
DJ-cum-producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura finds his musical niche
Thursday, August 5 ; Karma
Friday, July 23; Karma
Local DJ K-9 matches skills with 14 other turntablists in the 1999 Technics DMC U.S. DJ Finals in San Francisco
Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.