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DJ Mahf and Steddy P are members of the Indyground collective. For those who are newly tuned in to the movement, this an indie hip-hop label based in Missouri, mirroring the likes of Strange Music in terms of potential and growth projection. Despite the lofty comparisons, Indyground has developed a sound of its own and has anchored its roots on the backs of some very solid St. Louis and Kansas City musicians. They are allies with trustworthy engineers and videographers from the esteemed and well-respected Suburban Pro Studios (shoutout to Mathew Sawicki). This is a completely DIY movement built on talent and old-fashioned hard work. Indyground has roots and fans in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia -- this makes it one of the only legitimate indie hip-hop movements with fans in these three major Missouri cities.
The label's most notable act to date would probably be the MCSteddy P. He has collaborated with some of the best MC's in the Midwest, touring nearly every region in the United States. His partner in crime is DJ Mahf, a St. Louis legend on the wheels of steel and no stranger to large crowds himself. Mahf most recently rocked the turntables at the Superbowl and brings a built in fanbase of true music lovers to the table.
Mahf and Steddy P recently ventured into Canada with their stage show as the opening act for Master Ace. When I heard this news I jumped for joy, because I think this is an amazing feat for a collective of local hip-hop musicians to accomplish. I reached out to Steddy P to obtain some info about their run in Canada. I wanted to write about this journey, but I knew no one could quite describe it like the people who lived it, so DJ Mahf decided to submit their tour log to us and allow us all to part take in this journey with them. This an amazing upfront and personal look into the lives of two St. Louis-based musicians as they do their first performance on the Canadian turf. I believe they did two shows in Canada, and according to the convo between myself and Steddy, things went overwhelming well. I hope you enjoy the tour log and hopefully become even bigger fans of the movement they are building. Indyground all day.
By DJ Mahf
Steddy P and I have been out on the road for the last two weeks, doing shows across the Midwest and Northeast. After our show last Friday night in Buffalo, NY we made our first venture out of the states into Canada.
Last fall we did an extensive tour for our mixtape/EP While You Were Sleeping 2: End of the World Party. Part of our routing had us join forces with Blueprint of Rhymesayers on his Deleted Scenes Tour. His opening act was the MC/producer duo Mad Dukez (Buffalo) and Fresh Kils (Toronto). We ended up hitting it off with Dukez and Kils, and for our spring dates in their region we were able to link on some shows. Saturday evening we made the drive from Buffalo to border check. After a series of questions by immigration we were allowed to enter into Canada.