If you're undergoing a rap-deficiency and you need a little pep in your step, look no further: This month has a lot in store for St. Louis hip-hop heads. Rather than bringing a lot of huge, national acts to the big venues, November seems to be sticking to small, intimate spaces. From Chicago's Palmer Squares to the dirty south's Rittz to St. Louis natives Mathias & the Pirates, we've got a full spectrum of hip-hop for you to choose from.
The Palmer Squares with Mathias & The Pirates, Baytron and Paul Martin at the Demo November 8 8:30 p.m. / $8
Sometimes white boys can't rap, but the Palmer Squares deliver, with satirical raps and a silly demeanor reminiscent of the Beastie Boys or Macklemore. Acumental and Terminal Knowledge's lively, spirited delivery will be sure to get your head bobbing as they tell you that your mixtape sucks and about how they yakked on a Rosario Dawson look-alike's shoes.
Arrive on time to catch FarFetched's Mathias & The Pirates, a quartet of skillful rappers and musicians -- Mathias James, Ms. Vizion, DJ LB and Grover Stewart -- who merge their voices together to create one cohesive sound, which they sometimes like to call "pirate music." The group's newest album, Life of the Buzzard, is great for your ears, linking potent bars with powerful lyrics and live instrumentation.
Jonathan Toth from Hoth Album Release Party at the Gramophone November 21 9 p.m. / $10
Conspiracy Theory is St. Louis-bred Jonathan Toth from Hoth's second solo album, following 2012's Book of Toth. Though self-professed emo rap, Toth is conscious rap at its best; the new release a commentary on government debt, race, Karl Rove and the NSA, following the same political thread as his 2012 album. The release date for his latest album is even the same week as the 50th anniversary of JFK's death. Can't you already feel the conspiracy?
Turquoise Jeep with DJ Billy Brown at Plush November 21 9 p.m. / $15-18
Turquoise Jeep is a record label known for its hilariously satirical YouTube videos, including its 2010 single "Lemme Smang It," which popularized the label. Signed artists include Flynt Flossy, Pretty Raheem, Slick Mahony, Tummiscratch, Whatchyamacallit and Yung Humma. If you want to laugh for most of the night while concurrently busting some moves (these dudes are some seriously great dancers), then don't miss Turquoise Jeep with DJ Billy Brown.
Rittz with Snow the Product, Jerron Benton, METROPOLITIX, PWIN, Step or Get Left, 12-6 Movement, Truth Serum, Wally Kuhlenburg, Skiddalz, Cash Reap, Luey Converse, CMP, Uno Joven and Pytch Wyte at the Mad Magician November 23 6 p.m. / $15-20
Rittz broke through the rap scene on Yelawolf's 2010 track, "Box Chevy pt. 3", his quick cadence and catchy bars hard to miss. His raps resonate with much of Atlanta's booming bass rap, influenced largely by Outkast and Goodie Mob. He dropped his first album, The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant, on Tech N9ne's label, Strange Music, so you know Rittz is probably into some kooky things.
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