Don't mess with his microphone. Crank it up and keep it loud. Standing well over six feet, and sporting a "Sex, Drugs and Rap" shirt, the one and only Ghostface Killah brought his aggressive yet intricate delivery to St. Louis on Saturday night, proving why he's one of the most impressive rappers of Wu Tang descent.
Supremely and playfully multicultural, "Eres Hecha Para Mi" by Boogat -- Mexican-Paraguayana by birth, Québécois by raising -- is the definition of a world-conscious party.
Hailing from Harare, Zimbabwe, rapper and singer Blaq Carrie locks in on "Let There Be Hope" with socially conscious themes -- and a surprising Machiavelli quote -- over some tense and catchy acoustic guitar and piano samples. The sound is as persuasive as the message.
After a seven-hour sojourn with stops at Williamsburg's Crane's Country Store, the inimitable Ozarkland and Columbia, Mo. for alcoholic slushies from Tropical Liqueurs, the crew of Stephen Baier and Nick Blackburn of Dots Not Feather, Joel Burton of Bear Hive and myself find our hotel room in the Hilton Garden Inn.
Kristine Flaherty, aka K.Flay, has made a name for herself as an independent-minded, feminist rapper. On "West Ghost," from the new mixtape of the same name, she proves her production chops are just as strong. The track smacks and stutters and flows like the best hip-hop party starters must.
It's 1 a.m. and Mardi Gras World is still kicking. Spring breakers and locals alike are packed tight to see some of today's top acts in EDM, hip-hop and indie rock. With shows starting at dusk and ending at three in the morning, the two-day festival known as Buku only got more crowded and more rowdy as the night progressed.
T Bird and the Breaks quenches your thirst for gritty funk and soul while mixing in a hip-hop flavor.
"I stay busy, I don't wait in line to live," raps Atmosphere's Slug on this brand-new collaboration with Brother Ali, Carnage the Executioner and Haphduzn. Produced by Anthony Davis, the smooth-flowing track may not be the prettiest state of mind, but it's a seductive way to kick off the Rhymesayers upcoming "Welcome to Minnesota" tour.