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 >>
Kanye West is the greatest hip-hop artist of all time. He's made the best albums and changed the game the most, and his music is the most likely to endure. One thing before we get going: This isn't one of those arguments meant to piss people off or "start a conversation." I really mean it. And, co ... More >>
If I had a quarter for every Jell-O shot I've been offered since I started this job, I'd probably have enough change to get a couple beers out of the boozy vending machine downstairs. I've never been much of a lush, but it just seems un-American to turn down a dessert with such high regard from the ... 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 >>
A healthy-sized crowd (600 at the door, according to the promoter) showed up to the Coliseum last night to see the Wu-Tang Clan's most charismatic member in action. The inimitable Mr. M-E-F performed in his trademark microphone-dominating style, climbing repeatedly off the small stage and into the c ... More >>
Monday mornings are weird when you have to share your home bathroom with nine or so near-strangers. Such was the case today after housing a couple of bands from a particularly noisy and awesome show last night. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but officially as of today, my life is shows, shows ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 30. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
Here at RFT Music HQ we see literally one shitload of press photos every week. Many of them stick to a template: Gather all band members together, shoulder to shoulder. Make sure no one smiles, ever. Have the artists try to look thoughtful, but also like they are not trying to look like anything. Th ... More >>
So there's news about the news in the news this week: We here at the RFT have new owners. Some of you may be aware of Backpage.com and the controversy it has caused for many alt-weeklies across the country -- well, we are no longer affiliated, so that's that. And aside from that, it's business as us ... More >>
It took a while, but local hip-hop trio 12 to 6 Movement finally unleashed their new collaboration-heavy album, Titties Out. Since our last interview with the group, they added songs with Joe Budden, Opio and A-Plus from Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics and Psycho Les from The Beatnuts to a tracklist ... More >>
The Naked and Famous brought a serious crowd and an even more serious light show to the Gargoyle on Washington University's campus last night. The New Zealand band left the crowd sweaty and happy. The show follows a last-second cancellation for a Raekwon concert and a poorly attended Teengirl Fantas ... More >>
Last night, the Wu-Tang Clan's legendary Raekwon the Chef was scheduled to play Washington University's on-campus music venue, the Gargoyle, alongside Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs. The small club filled out nicely by 9 p.m., and a packed room waited anxiously to see some of hip-hop's best artists do ... More >>
This week brings us not one but TWO members of the Wu-Tang Clan (unfortunately on separate nights), Japanese punk-weirdos Peelander-Z, and the first visit ever from Seattle's raw Ramones-y punk band the Spits in its entire ten years of existence. Continuing with the punk rock / hip-hop aesthetic is ... 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 >>
Wu-Tang mashups are nothing new - from The Beatles to Warren Zevon, the Shaolin collective has been and remains one of the ripest sources for remixing and reconextualizing. However, when word dropped last week of Doomtree's "Wugazi" project - a Fugazi/Wu-Tang mashup - the Internet went abuzz ... More >>
Producer Stllegend (a.k.a. Charles Purnell) just posted a bunch of tracks he had lying around as the Soundcloud Leftovers EP. You can download it for free on Bandcamp. Purnell is an encyclopedic hip-hop fan, St. Louis and otherwise, so we thought we'd ask which rappers, logistics and practica ... More >>
Photo by Jon Gitchoff Raekwon/Steddy P and DJ Mahf/Safety Words The Firebird May 16, 2011 Safety Words, heretofore most commonly known for mashing eight-bit video game samples with rap tracks, officially retired those songs last night. You will never again hear "Biggie, Rae, Ghost, Rash, Zi ... More >>
9 p.m. Monday, May 16. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Huzzah! TV On the Radio is finally playing a St. Louis show, as part of the second annual LouFest.2720 Cherokee *Lyrics Born, April 14 *Vibesquad, April 1 Blueberry Hill *Soja, May 18 Europe Nightclub *Above and Beyond, April 22 *Wolfgang Gartner, May 11
On May 16, Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon will be coming to the Firebird. Tickets are $20 and are on sale effective immediately. Raekwon feat Ghostface and Method Man, "New Wu"
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Bruce Cockburn's Small Source of Comfort*Bruce Cockburn, Small Source Of Comfort American Noise reviewed Cockburn's latest, saying: "Personally, Bruce Cockb ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard
The Big Bang (Aftermath)
Wednesday, 8 p.m. March 8. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
A Son Unique (Def Jam)
Haven't had enough Wu-Tang merchandise? Now there's a book.
The Lex Diamond Story (Universal)
Producer Jason "Jay E" Epperson crafts the beats that make Nelly fans swoon. So how come you've never heard of him?
The W (Loud/Columbia)
The Wu-Tang Clan finds strength in numbers
Written and directed by James Toback
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