Friday, February 26th, 2010
1,773 viewsWhenever Mr.Mobb Out hits the stage its time for a workout! This guy sweats the stage like you wouldn’t believe. You need a can of Red Bull just to keep up with his energy! The song “Mobb Out” is a club anthem hit in the Lou and KOKO knows that. Next time you check him out please bring your vitamin water.
Friday, February 26th, 2010
YOU WANNA BE DOWN WITH THE KING
If Yella was to be an artist of the music industry he will be at the top of his game, his pictures represents the lyrics and his camera reflects the microphone. That’s how hard this brutha grinds in the city! You can catch King Yella week end and week out at any venue phase of the Lou and surrounding areas. Also you can check out his masterpieces in The Evening Whirl entertainment section or either one of our Block DVD volumes in action as well. KEEP SNAPPIN BRUTHA!
Friday, February 26th, 2010
The era of hip-hop music is constantly evolving. Nowadays rappers can’t just get into the entertainment field with the notion of, ‘I can rap,’ they have to have a total package of exemplified characteristics. Such a group that’s finding its niche into hip-hop with a multitude of skills in the game is St. Louis rap group DA BANGGAZ 314. The Mid-West crew, which is comprised of three emcees– two being male and one female, have gone far and beyond to bring “The New St. Louis” to the forefront.
A chance performance at a local St. Louis club called The Arena is what began the trickling effect towards stardom for Da Banggaz 314. When they performed their smashing hit “Ain’t No” is what caught the attention of Todd and Karrie Butterfield, co-owners of 7Fourteen Entertainment, the home imprint of the St. Louis rap crew. Just four days later Da Banggaz’s “Ain’t No” was the number one requested song on St. Louis’ The Beat 100.3 FM on DJ Short’s call-in segment. DaBanggaz remembers, “When we heard our song on the radio, number one – that was it right there for us, we were like, ‘You know what, we got a sound y’all,’ and we was number one for four weeks.”
It was this exact talent that seeped through the pores of these three young poised stars and ultimately led to the joint venture between 7Fourteen ENT. and Hip-Hop Since 1978/Atlantic Records’ G. Roberson. Now, as the group prepares for their debut major release, they reflect on the importance of speaking aloud as the voice of their native city. “Our song ‘St. Louis,’ is a track that we really want to be on our album ‘cause it’s our ‘hood and we want to show people that we rep where we’re from all the time,” reveals Envee.
Da Banggaz 314 is continuing to slowly grind their way to the top of the game to prove that St. Louis, Missouri is a city full of prolific artists. “Nelly put St. Louis on the map, but we’re bringing the new St. Louis up” says Iklips.
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Identical twin brothers “Mr. R.e.p” (often referred to as Repezent) and “QB-the Classic” (Quiet Boy) of Family Affair were born Jarrett and Jason Jones, respectively, on November 16,1985 to a single mother. They were raised on the North side of St. Louis, Missouri. Their family life was filled with a variety of music ranging from gospel to hip-hop. This early exposure to music led Jason and Jarrett to musical artistry as a form of expression. In their youth, their mother worked long hours in an effort to make ends meet. Rep (Jarrett) and QB (Jason) were often left home alone, and their reliance on one another created an unbreakable bond between them. During their early years, it was not unusual to find the brothers spending time in the streets with friends. Being surrounded by friends and influences that filled their lives with music and hip-hop culture, their interactions awakened the twins love for hip-hop. This love led to the creation of Family Affair. The group began writing thought-provoking lyrics and adding them to head-bobbing beats. Shortly after graduating from high school, they began performing at local venues and recording their work. Hip-hop heavy hitters including Outkast, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and particularly Tupac influenced Family Affair. However, the young duo has created and defined a unique flavor. QB, the quiet, laid-back half of the duo, describes their style as a combination of a variety of 90′s hip-hop artists; Rep, the more aggressive and edgy half, describes their style as “truthful poetry about city living”. Family Affair is gaining momentum. They have a strong growing fan base that refers to them as “the most anticipated rap duo to succeed in St. Louis”..
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Starting off writing R&B and street teaming for local artist, Pancho Rucker saw that the rap game was starting to become tarnished and unreal. He begun to convert his true thoughts over to rap form and lace them over high hats and beats. Influenced by the greatest to ever do it, along with his deeply rooted love for the North side of Saint Louis, he follows in their footsteps by creating something that the majority will like but is still real and not “bubblegum bullshit”. In 2004 Pancho Rucker decided to take on rapping full time as an escape from all of the negativity that was surrounding him and make a better life for himself. He chose the first name Pancho as a lifetime dedication to his late stepfather James “Pancho” Dixson, who was brutally slain in the streets of Saint Louis the year before to always keep his memory hovering around. Faced with the realities of life he chose to talk about the issues put before him and not indulge in something that he does not have yet, such as big houses, rims, etc along with the competitive verses that make all others have no choice but to respect him and his abilities. Entertaining you with a sound far from the imagination’s boundary line. Rucker has been in love with music for over 10 years. In fact, he created a melody for the St. Louis Symphony when he was in the 4th grade. He has created beats for many artist of the country, such as, New York’s Trajik and Chewy Leu to Saint Louis’s own City Spud and J. Sloan. Pancho has a hunger that isn’t greedy though. He wants to work with all artist in every spectrum of the music industry. He not only does rap and r&b, Rucker writes alternative, country western, etc. He also writes lyrics for people who have the talent, but don’t have a writers touch to create their own. In March of 2008 he finally released his debut album From The Dirt To The Throne as a cry out to world stating that you don’t have to make typical music to be popular. As well as, a shout out to the world that Saint Louis is not only a place for tourist to see the Arch and the Cardinals, but it is a place with real issues and problems that need to be addressed. Now with his new album FUQ he plans to spread his talents even further to show that St. Louis has talent like none other. “To be honest 99% of the game is wack because they are just trying to sale and not put any heart into it. I am not knocking any body’s hustle, but I have to state facts as facts”. The self proclaimed “King of the Midwest” brings a light into the hip hop world that will prove him, soon enough, to be one of the greats of the game and a swagger that you would love to hate. Get ready bitches……………………. The King Is Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pancho Rucker
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Strata-G, Born in St. Louis Missouri in the heart of the Midwest. With a name derived from the word strategy that professes the meaning behind this urban underground artist. Taking a strategic approach to the music industry and his own career to date this prolific artist has grown from all genre’s of music and has set forth to stand out as an original artist looking to make a name for himself based on the simple idea that being true to real music and your fans will give you longevity in an industry that has become infested with one hit wonders. With this relentless approach, Strata-G has set forth to stand as an individual and continues to bring his creative techniques to the ears, eyes, and minds of the underground fan base built on originality. For years Strata-G has captivated crowds starting even at his earliest beginnings as a D.J. in the streets of St. Louis which lead him to becoming an MC. Not to forget his efforts in the local rock scene starting band’s and hip-hop group’s for his need of self-expression. Currently focusing all his determination to his solo career, Strata-G is dedicated to his music and fans. Doing shows, and touring with the likes of Ice-T, Tech N9ne, (hed) p.e., DGAF, ICP, Mower, Dirtball, Potluck, Big B, Blaze ya dead homie, ABK, Prozak, Sub Noize Souljaz, Paul Wall, Young Buck, AMB, OPM, Ill Bill and many many others. During which he’s always recording fresh material, stetting standards that have established him, and made him stand out in a genera diluted with so-called “artists”. This is an MC that won’t be taken lightly. With dedication and perseverance driving him, pushing the limits of creativity in hip-hop and rock, and tearing up stages. He’s using his rhymes as a vehicle to drive his thoughts, feelings and self-expression. This dedicated musician will forever be an “Icon of the underground”. ..
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
In life, many are called, but only few are chosen. Born and raised in St.Louis, MO, Terrance Ronelle Williams was born on January 11,1987. Second son of five boys, Terrance always wanted to become successful throughout his entire life. Dealing with growning up in the hood, Terrance kept himself motivated and determined to make it in the music industry. His talent and lyrical skills was bless to him at the age of 10, learning how to write hooks and verses. Always believe that his dream will one day come true. His skills on the mic puts him in a catagory of young,determined entertainers in our music industry today. One thing about Terrance that sets him different from others is his desire to his music. His confidenece and catchy metaphors in his music make a lot young people be more dedicated about their dreams. A bachalor to the ladies and a leader to tha fellas. Most important, always belived in God before making a move. He learn how to become not just a long-term thinker, but a generation thinker. And has great respect from artists in St.Louis like Nelly,Jibbs,Huey,Chingy,and every rap and hip hop artist from da lou and all over the world. In 2008,he dropped his first single,”Errbody Know Me” and his latest one at the moment,”Put My Swag On” Being patient about getting sign to record deal, will be the blessing and the gift that Terrance has worked so hard for. So as of now, there is no limit to L.T. When the deal in final, you are looking at the next phenom of hip hop. So get ready world, the Midwest Phenom has arrived!!!!!
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
“There’s more than one side to me, and I didn’t show that last year. I kept myself in a box,” says Joka, who reached out this year and added rock and other elements to his performance.
Joka says winning the contest is a dream come true.
“It was like I wasn’t even there,” he says. “I saw everybody, but I wasn’t there. For me to be there with Ludacris, it had to be a dream because that guy is not just an artist, he’s a legend.”
After winning, Ludacris asked Joka if he was ready for DTP. All Joka could muster in response was a somewhat embarrassing, “Hey, man, I seen you on TV,” Joka says. “Where the hell did that come from? I didn’t know what else to say.”
Now that he has collected himself, all Joka wants to know is when he’s going to start recording.
Joka has submitted several songs to DTP, including “Text Me,” “She Sexy,” “Dipping,” “Swing On Em” and some of the songs he performed at the finale.