West Said's original plan for the space on Delmar Blvd. and Hamilton Ave. was to open up a cell-phone store. But then he had an epiphany. "I woke up one day and was like, 'I should make this a grillz shop.' There's cell-phone stores everywhere," Said (pronounced sy-eed) says. Open for about a mont ... More >>
Will music journalism always suck? Probably. MTV will always feature at least three Justin Bieber articles on their news page and NME will continue their 1:4 ratio of articles about members of Oasis. And of course, people like me will still write articles about botching interviews and how cool nu-me ... More >>
This week marks 58 years since Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, instantly rendering the brave young woman a hero and champion of the civil rights movement. The decades since have seen steady improvement in race relations and equality, but as always, we still have ... More >>
Last night, Nelly returned to the Arsenio Hall Show to collect on the bet he and Hall made on Tuesday last week. The wager was over whether the Dodgers or the Cardinals would triumph in the recent series for the pennant: If the former, Nelly would perform his breakup hit "Country Grammar" wearing a ... More >>
Last night, Odd Future's premiere wordsmith Earl Sweatshirt finally made an appearance in St. Louis. The rapper came through the Pageant alongside Mac Miller, Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper and the Internet, as part of Miller's Space Migration Tour. See Also: - The Top Six Lyrics by Earl Sweatshi ... More >>
Ah, summer in St. Louis. A time for tank tops, sunscreen, cold beers sweating in koozies, frying at music festivals, hooking up with randoms, slapping mosquitoes, listening to a member of the Buck family narrate and -- if you're lucky -- not dodging too many stray bullets. Today is the first offici ... More >>
Recently nominated for a 2012 RFT Music Award for Best DJ, long-time St. Louis headliner Sir Thurl will be on the tables this Saturday night at The Ambassador in North County for promoter Jonathan Burns' 'B-Day Bash.' Flying in to perform are Birdman, Mystikal and a "special invited guest." (6 p.m., ... More >>
Big time, old school hip hop headlines a weekend of top tier rap acts with 8Ball & MJG and Bun B at the Ambassador in North County this Saturday night (6 p.m., $25-$40). Yo Gotti and his I Got That Sack tour is at the Ambassador on Friday (6 p.m., $35-$75), and Yung Joc is at Posh late on Saturday ( ... More >>
Photo by Jon GitchoffTaylor Swift | Hunter Hayes | NeedToBreathe Scottrade Center August 14, 2011 Taylor Swift has documented her detractors well: They make frequent appearances in her overtly personal lyrics, most recently in her revenge jam "Mean." The song's music video even finds her t ... More >>
Image viaLocal hip-hop collective The 12 to 6 Movement recently unveiled the video for its new song "Can't Be Done," which features legendary Brand Nubian rapper Sadat X. This is just one of many high-profile collaborations off of the group's upcoming, as yet untitled album that is due for re ... More >>
Dani KinnisonTake a look at the Loop's new mural, freshly painted on the side of Vintage Vinyl. Created by Washington University graduates Leah Nixon and Macy Moore, the mural features hometown musicians Nelly, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Grace Bumbry and Willie Mae Ford Smith.
Last night at the Ambassador, the annual Traffic Music Awards honored the best and brightest in music, retail, comedy, television and more. A total of 41 awards were given out; some notable music winners included Ray Da Kid, Yung Ro, Bradd Young, MoTre, T-Will and Nelly. See the entire list of winne ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Cassidy's C.A.S.H.*Cassidy, C.A.S.H. The once gold-certified rapper returns with a new studio album. Stream the C.A.S.H. in full here. *Crushed Stars, Con ... More >>
It goes without saying that this made my day, seeing as it includes my two favorite Midwest cities. Local sites stlhiphop.com and mademonarchs.com have teamed up with Cleveland websites 216thetakeover.com and ohiohiphopawards.com for an awesome mixtape featuring the hip-hop movers and shakers ... More >>
The latest (and greatest) Internet meme making the rounds on social media is a Tumblr site called Gifs of Popular Rappers. The site plucks few frames of ridiculousness from music videos and loops them for eternity in .gif form, thus allowing for full appreciation of the absurdity and excess of top 4 ... More >>
St. Louis County police are searching the woods and land near rapper Nelly's ostentatious compound in west St. Louis County after receiving a 911 call about an attempted burglary. Fox 2 News has more details and photos, like this one...www.fox2now.comâ€‹Our favorite feature of chez Nelly? The blue a ... More >>
Last night, rapper Nelly hosted his annual Black and White Ball at the Chase Park Plaza. Stars such as Jermaine Dupri, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III all attended the black-tie gala. Photographer Angie Knost was there and took in the scene. The entire slideshow is here, ... More >>
energizer.comâ€‹Fact: St. Louis-based battery firm Energizer debuted its famous Energizer Bunny 20 years ago. Fact: Measuring 166 feet high, the Energizer Bunny hot-air balloon is the tallest balloon in the world and 15 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. Fact: The official name for the balloon ... More >>
All credit goes to Jason for finding this and making sure I saw it. Why yes, this is DJ Morgoth's conflation of Nelly's "Country Grammar" and "Redemption" by Massachusetts thrash-metalheads Shadows Fall. METAL UP YOUR ASS, LOU-STYLE, BITCHES. More mashups can be found at Morgoth's website, which is ... More >>
Fresh off the St. Lunatics reunion concert at the Pageant this past Sunday, Nelly has taken his show on the road and people have started to take notice. It would be nice if a new hit single was attracting all the attention, but instead he'll have to settle for a struggling NFL quarterback tossing a ... More >>
Renaissance man County Brown steps out.
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The complete low-down on this year's nominated acts
A local music fan starts Broke & Hungry Records, Matador Records gets its videogame on and the debut of "Yo! RFT Raps"
Unreal straddles the saddle, observes the finer points of drunk-dialing and eavesdrops on a Nelly fan in federal lockup. Plus, a local blogger spies Kenny Rogers on the Lido Deck.
Matching the playoff-rockin' Cardinals with some appropriate tunes
We look back on the career of Gary Mac and check out the concerts of the Final Four
The Year in Review: A Quiz
Underground releases rise to the surface in 2004
Jay Farrar's band is reborn, Nelly sells, and some guys from the 'burbs get signed
Week of June 18, 2003
ACT ONE plays on Washington Avenue
Producer Jason "Jay E" Epperson crafts the beats that make Nelly fans swoon. So how come you've never heard of him?
Your verdict is in: Check out St. Louis’ favorite local musicians.
News from St. Louis' favorite rappers
From a suburban roller rink, identical twins David and Darren Stith gamble on future hip-hop stars. Getting paid is everyone's preoccupation.
With a diverse following and a stand-alone attitude, Nelly Furtado hit it big by being herself. But how long can it last?
Week of July 4, 2001
Webster Groves R&B sensation Toya prepares for the big-time
Week of May 30, 2001
From the week of October 25, 2000
On Songs for a Caustic Guitar, St. Louis popster Geoff Kessell delivers witty lyrics wrapped in good guitar work
Local rapper Nelly takes his Country Grammar to No. 1
Competition in the burgeoning St. Louis rap-radio market? Bring it on, says one station manager.