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Friday, May 31, 2013

Hip Hop (Solo): Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 4:45 AM


The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories.

Read on and get yourself acquainted, and we'll see you at the showcase! Check out this post for the full schedule. Then, create your own showcase schedule with this handy custom scheduler, courtesy of the fine folks at

At present the forecast is looking a little ominous, but we have plans in the works to deal with Mother Nature's wrath -- don't let a little rain scare you away.

Vote for all categories at the official 2013 RFT Music Showcase Readers' Poll. You can also use your phone to vote via text. Check out this handy guide with instructions how!

Previously: - Noise - New Band - Punk - Post Hardcore - Rock - Soul/Funk - Jazz - Hard Rock - Hardcore - R&B - Singer/Songwriter - Pop - Indie Rock - Psych - Folk - Electronic/Dance - Experimental - Cover - Country - Blues - Chamber Pop - Metal - Americana


Fresco Kane

Fresco Kane's brand of radio-ready hip-hop is well representative of St. Louis. In the past year Kane has been signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label, getting no less than Busta Rhymes to feature on his track "Hump Wit It." One could say he is representing the rambunctiously proud and drunk but talented atmosphere that St. Louis tends to breeds in its artists. With a sound akin to Kanye, the good luck of good looks and a hell of a work ethic, the East St. Louis native has a lot of success just around the corner. -Jimmy Eberle



Music is in Keem's blood. His grandfather, who passed in 2010, was blues/R&B artist Clayton Love, a player in Ike Turner's band. Keem, formerly known as Hakeem the Dream, had one of the city's biggest hip-hop crowd-pleasers in 2008 with "Thick Wit It." Drawing comparisons to Nelly, Keem has also established a respectable fanbase in Atlanta. Keem has worked with Gucci Mane collaborater Zaytoven and performed with a ten-piece band conducted by DJ Nune at the release party for his latest mixture, Made in America, this past January. -Billy Brown


Saint Orleans

Born in the city of his performance surname and based in St. Louis, Saint Orleans is a club-rushing, subwoofer-rattling rapper with an often-threatening sound backing up some hilariously demented, vulgar ho-baiting rhymes: "You get no Frito Lay, no chips, none of my Velveeta/She ugly, did not wannna meet her/Ramen-down, I won't eat her." His primary influences, Jay-Z and Tupac, never subsume the eccentricities of his style or persona. Saint Orleans has just enough loose screws and just enough tightened hooks to keep you thumping all the way to the next party. -Roy Kasten

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