Underground Hip-Hop

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Killer Mike and El-P Talk Run the Jewels and Rolling Blunts: "Fuck it, put it on the record."

    Killer Mike and El-P have a bond that goes beyond explanation. Sure, they both make loud, abrasive rap music that often features painful introspection as well as political and societal critiques. And they are equally opposed to the cliquish mindset that is unable to reconcile a boisterous southern r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Independent Hip-Hop Icon Murs To Play at Gramophone Tonight: An Interview

    One of the icons of independent hip-hop for over a decade, Murs comes to St. Louis tonight at the Gramophone. The fearless leader of the Road to Paid Dues Tour, Murs is traveling coast-to-coast to spread the word about the upcoming 2013 installment of his annual festival, which takes place at the e ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2012

    Talib Kweli

    7 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: September 7 to 9

    This weekend is a good one for local artists, as it includes two album release shows and a music video release party. Friday night will see the release of Old Capital Square Dance Club's new CD at Off Broadway, as well as Spelling Bee's latest offering at the Schlafly Tap Room. The former is ten dol ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2012

    Pete Rock

    10 p.m. Friday, March 30. Lola, 500 North 14th Street.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Dead Prez Is Coming To The Firebird

    ​This announcement came in late last week, but we wanted to make sure everyone saw this: The Firebird just booked Dead Prez for a show on August 15th. Tickets are $20 and on sale now. Dead Prez, of course, is and M-1 -- known throughout its more than decade-long career for its rigi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    DJ Kase One on J Dilla and the Future of the Hip-Hop DJ

    Photo by Jon Scorfina​ Despite vinyl's outdated technology, it is an essential aspect of hip-hop culture.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 >>

  • Music

    May 5, 2011


    8 p.m. Friday, May 6. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Lyrics Born/Skins & Needles/Nato Caliph

    9 p.m. Thursday, April 14. 2720 Cherokee, 2720 Cherokee Street.

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Kool Keith at the Firebird, Wednesday, April 6

    Scott LayneKool Keith throwing it down at the Firebird.​Old-school Bronx rapper Kool Keith brought his warped mind to the Firebird last night. Mathias of Earthworms, Spark1Duh? and Red Zero (playing its first show together) opened. Scott Layne was there; relive the show through his photos. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Kool Keith Coming to the Firebird

    Hip-hop shapeshifter Kool Keith - a.k.a. Dr. Octagon, a.k.a. Dr. Dooom, a.k.a. Black Elvis, a.k.a. many other aliases -- is coming to the Firebird on April 6. Tickets are on sale today at noon; no word yet on prices. It's hard to describe Kool Keith's legacy, not to mention this insanely huge catalo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Last Collector Standing: DJ Mahf on the Relationship Between Hip-Hop & Art, His Formative Years and His Brother Jim Mahfood's Influence

    Jon Scorfina​When not out competing in national DJ tournaments, DJ Mahf (a.k.a. Dan Mahfood) can be found scouring local record stores for hours on end, sometimes with a portable record player by his side. A life-long fan of funk, soul and hip-hop, Mahf used to use a fake I.D. to sneak into Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    R.I.P. Guru from Gang Starr, 1966-2010

    Guru, one-half of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, died yesterday due to complications from cancer. He was 43. The group's influence on New York hip-hop is unparalleled, while Guru's seminal 1993 album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 -- which dabbled in jazz, soul and funk -- established him as a talented solo artist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    New (Local) Music Thursday: Stream a new Jumbling Towers Song, Grab an Awesome Instrumental J Dilla Tribute Mix

    After our post about Jumbling Towers' new video, "Gilberta," last week, the band dropped me a line about other goings-on in its world. First up: The release of The Kanetown City Rips, its long-awaited new album, on May 1 at the Firebird. Bassist Nate Drexler tells me that this show will feature plen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    St. Louis Producer Phaseone Drops New Mixtape: "The Realest Shit I Ever Wrote"

    Why is this the cover art? Nobody knows.​Phaseone, the RFT's Best Producer of 2010, has been getting all kinds of Internet lovin' for his new mixtape "The Realest Shit I Ever Wrote." The fifteen-track, 29-minute compilation was featured on Pitchfork's Forkcast earlier this week and Jeff Weiss, for ... More >>

  • Music

    May 7, 2008

    Ill Bill/Tech N9ne

    8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard

  • Music

    October 24, 2007

    Lyrics Born

    8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Lucas School House, 1220 Allen Avenue.

  • News

    September 5, 2007

    Battle of the Beats

    A culture war is rocking within St. Louis’ underground hip-hop scene.

  • Music

    August 29, 2007

    Filthy Lucre

    Malcolm McLaren is the godfather of today’s mainstream hip-hop. But not for the reason you think.

  • Music

    March 21, 2007


    I'll Sleep When You're Dead (Definitive Jux)

  • Music

    January 17, 2007


    6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 21. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois).

  • Music

    October 25, 2006

    MF Grimm

    American Hunger (Day by Day)

  • Music

    July 12, 2006

    Mr. Lif

    Mo' Mega (Definitive Jux)

  • Music

    April 19, 2006

    Soul Position/One Be Lo

    Friday, April 21, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

  • Music

    March 22, 2006

    A Bigger Fish to Fry

    B-Sides attends a local radio station's Lenten fish fry, explores why a local jazz TV program didn't get off the ground and recommends this week's primo download

  • Music

    February 8, 2006

    Anyone for Doomsday?

    B-Sides crafts a mix CD for the dumped, reviews a ringtone blowing up our cells and explores the beef between MF Doom and MF Grimm

  • Music

    November 16, 2005


    The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph)

  • Yearend

    December 22, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon youve been jamming and dig this years buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    December 8, 2004

    MF Doom

    MM..Food (Rhymesayers)

  • Music

    April 21, 2004


    Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)

  • Music

    April 7, 2004


    The Best of KMD/Madvillainy (Nature Sounds/Stones Throw)

  • Music

    April 7, 2004

    Can We Kick It?

    Old-school hip-hop is ready for revival

  • Music

    August 6, 2003

    Mix Masters

    These days anyone can make a mix CD, and everyone does. Two local standouts manage to challenge as well as entertain.

  • Music

    December 4, 2002

    Aesop Rock

    Float (Mush)

  • Music

    September 11, 2002

    Slum Village

    Trinity (Past, Present and Future) (Priority)

  • Music

    August 14, 2002

    Space Monkeyz vs. Gorillaz

    Space Monkeyz vs. Gorillaz: Laika Come Home (Astralwerks)

  • Music

    June 19, 2002


    Fantastic Damage (Definitive Jux)

  • Music

    May 22, 2002

    Beat Juggler

    Hip-hop legend Prince Paul is responsible for some of the music's most transcendent moments

  • Music

    May 8, 2002

    Hipper Hop

    The Anti-Pop Consortium built up its reputation by tearing down rap conventions

  • Music

    July 4, 2001

    Vans Warped Tour 2001

    Wednesday, July 11; Riverport

  • Music

    March 14, 2001

    The Lo-Lifes

    Rack-Lo Rack Lauren (Spit Factory/Skillionaire)

  • Music

    November 1, 2000

    The X-ecutioners and the Souls of Mischief

    Thursday, November 2; Galaxy

  • Music

    October 25, 2000

    Deltron 3030

    Deltron 3030 (Ark 75)

  • Music

    June 14, 2000

    Goin' Back to Cali

    The re-emergence of Del tha Funkee Homosapien heralds a renaissance for Bay-area hip-hop

  • Music

    May 3, 2000
  • Music

    September 1, 1999

    Space Invader

    A case file on the multiple personalities of Kool Keith

  • Music

    August 11, 1999


    Soundpieces: Da Antidote (Stones Throw)

  • Music

    August 4, 1999
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    July 21, 1999
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    February 17, 1999
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