The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: May 2014

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It seems like musicians really do prefer releasing new music as the temperatures rise. From the local and sort-of local to the definitely not local, come out and get down with these rappers as they celebrate their album drops this month in St. Louis.

Tech N9ne with Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, Psychward Druggies at The Pageant May 4 8 p.m. / $25-$29.50

Though he's been around for a minute, Tech N9ne proves that he still goes hard. Tech's Independent Grind tour is coming through St. Louis in early May, bringing the talents of Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, and Psychward Druggies. This year, his prolific discography continues to grow with his fourteenth studio album Strangeulation dropping during his tour, on May 6, with features by Strange Music label-mates Krizz Kaliko, Rittz and Murs. Tech's fifteenth studio album Special Effects is also slated to drop in 2014.

While Freddie and Jarren deliver more on the hardcore street raps, and Krizz offers us a similar chopper style as his mentor Tech N9ne, Psychward Druggies mix it up with a live band and female singer. But the real question is, y'all ready for Tech N9ne's quintessential chopper style rap?

Tef Poe with Theresa Payne, Mai Lee, Nick Menn, Rockwell Knuckles, Indiana Rome, Aloha, Corey Black, Black Spade, Family Affair, Marcel P. Black, Brock Seals, Tech Supreme at Plush May 10 8 p.m. / $10

St. Louis rapper Tef Poe is celebrating the release of his latest album Cheer For The Villain, with a lineup that showcases the strength of the local St. Louis music scene. With music by Tech Supreme, Brock Seals and Baton Rouge native Marcel P. Black -- and special guest appearances by Theresa Payne, Mai Lee, Nick Menn, Rockwell Knuckles, Indiana Rome, Aloha, Corey Black, Black Spade, and Family Affair -- this true celebration of St. Louis is not to be missed. Time to turn up with the St. Louis family.

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