This year marks 25 years since The Cactus Album, the debut release by legendary New York hip-hoppers 3rd Bass. Released on Def Jam, backed by Russell Simmons' Rush Management and produced in part by the Bomb Squad (best known for its work with Public Enemy and Ice Cube), The Cactus Album boasted imp ... More >>
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 >>
A quarter of a century ago, a show called African Alert invaded the airwaves at St. Louis' community radio station, KDHX, exposing listeners to the golden era of hip-hop as it trickled throughout the country in steadily-increasing streams. Ronald Butts, a.k.a. DJ G. Wiz, acted as a key player behind ... More >>
By Jay Stephens It's been almost two week since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour and the outright cancellation of its St. Louis date. There is still no new information regar ... More >>
Riot Fest has mushroomed into one of the country's biggest rock festivals--expanding from its base in Chicago in 2012 and again this year to Toronto and Denver--since forming in 2005. This year, the fest's big draw--based on the T-shirts, if nothing else--was Blink-182, including one fan who dress ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
10 p.m. Friday, March 30. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.
Still tired from last week? Too bad, March is unrelenting. Time to down some coffee, eat some energy bars and pack in the protein (might we recommend some pink slime?) because this week is jam-packed with shows as well. On Friday, two guys named Pete who happen to be legends in their respective fiel ... More >>
Backstreet's back, alright. Photo by Jon GitchoffNew Kids on the Block | Backstreet Boys | Matthew Morrison Scottrade Center July 19, 2011 Last night's New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys show was an event full of glitter and pandemonium and mass hysteria. It was full of pelvic thrusting a ... More >>
Photo by Jon ScorfinaMany artists have used the album cover as a vehicle for greater mass exposure. Robert Crumb transitioned from the obscurity of underground comics to mainstream consciousness with his cover of Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills. Derek Riggs made his mark o ... More >>
Public Enemy, NWA, Tupac... 79-year-old Velma Fortune, shining a light on police brutality. Updated at 11:30 a.m. to include a statement from McPherson Police Chief Dennis Shaw. Two McPherson, Kansas, police officers snatched the cane of a 79-year-old woman, handcuffed her and dragged her a ... More >>
Photo by Jon Scorfina Despite vinyl's outdated technology, it is an essential aspect of hip-hop culture. Considering this, up-and-comer DJ Kase One (a.k.a. Aaron Hinton) chooses to spin only vinyl at his regular gig Diggin In The Crates at Delmar Lounge, every second Saturday of the month at ... More >>
Tonight, eight of the city's top DJs will take to the turntables for a battle royale, to find out which one of them is the crowd pleasingist, party-rockingist DJ in the Red Bull Thre3style competition. The line-up features some of the most familiar names on the local circuit: A-Flex, Costik, Hugh Ty ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergBenjamin Sawyer, DJ Champ, and Tef Poe kick ass and create comicsAge of Illumination, the hip-hop-themed comic book project from Tef Poe, DJ Champ, and illustrator Benjamin Sawyer, drops tonight at Star Clipper, with a release party that kicks off at 6 p.m. Stop by, grab a ... More >>
Today, the brainy pundits at Slate tackled this interesting topic: "How will Obama's presidency change hip-hop?"Beyond mentioning that Obama has dusted off his shoulders like Jay-Z, author Jonah Weiner does an admirable job breaking down the history of hip-hop's hatred for the establishment (i.e. P ... More >>
B-Sides walks a Mean Street, is saved by the Apostlez.
Week of February 15, 2007
Kids don't listen to what teacher's putting down? Gabe Moskoff, a.k.a. DJ Trackstar, wants to reach them through rap.
Getting Up is a flawed but fascinating ode to graffiti 's early years.
In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy
Two St. Louis rappers deconstruct an early-'90s classic
The Animal (A.O.C.)
The B.Coming (Roc-A-Fella)
Christian Scientist hip-hop artists Tucker Booth and Jonathan Toth have this underground rap thing down cold
On Saturday, September 4, we tuned in to local musical frequencies in their vast and varied incarnations. What we heard, all day and all night:
We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Mad Art throws a birthday party -- wear your jumpsuit
Holiday offering satisfies an appetite for cheap, contrived fare
A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev
By working through his personal shit, MC Slug touches the masses
Hip-hop legend Prince Paul is responsible for some of the music's most transcendent moments
Nelly and the St. Lunatics are riding high, but their brother City Spud isn't riding with them. "I'm human. I made a mistake," he says from prison.
Ted Demme and Denis Leary are a match made in effin' heaven
The Rocket Bar joins the ranks of St. Louis clubs looking to snare DJ aficionados
Bassist Darin Gray learns that the library is where they have to take you in
The Wu-Tang Clan finds strength in numbers
Artist Jim Mahfood produces a comic for young-adult hipsters in his Grrl Scouts
Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.