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. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21st and will followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For The Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.
Next Tuesday at this time the polls will once again open themselves and the epic battle for the St.Louis Mayoral race will enter into the final-stage showdown. I've openly endorsed Lewis Reed as the candidate that will gain my vote (sorry, Jimmy Mathews, but it's not going happen). To be honest I've had mixed emotions about this mayoral race, but in the name of progress and pushing onward in the right direction, I'll try my best to focus on the positive.
I feel as if we need a mayor that understands the power of reforming and organizing North St. Louis in the political spectre. I'm personally fed up with the predictable repetition that comes through the door with King Slay and his cronies. The beauty of my position is I refuse to take a stance that requires me to be politically correct. This allows me to be a bit more honest about the gut-wrenching emotions attached to my perspectives. I am a musician, and timeless music is almost always politically incorrect because it correlates with how we honestly feel. Honesty is simply one of those things you can't fake -- which is rare in today's society, because anything else can be duplicated or recreated.
I believe my generation is searching for something that is a break away from the normal. We've heard the speeches that basically end up producing zero results. We've also heard the speeches about the speeches that end up producing zero results. On the real, King Slay's commercial on Hot 104.1, with Lacy (Lazy) Clay narrating, is wack. I mean really we're talking about the Mayoral race in 2013 and you guys are really still boasting about cleaning up lead paint? Come on son, this is not 1986 and we really could give two flying fucks about the fact that Slay cleaned up some lead paint. We actually don't even know if he's the person truly responsible for doing this because of how this type of situation historically plays out. Someone else gets the job done, and then the guy on TV the most takes the credit. But ultimately, who amongst my generation of voters gives a damn about your lead paint initiatives? If you wanted my vote you would've reformed the Justice Center, which is basically a Downtown St. Louis concentration camp overflowing with diseases and immoral treatment of primarily African American males.Lazy Clay and King Slay really don't give two shits about that. This commercial is probably the most work Lazy Clay has done all year long.