The Best St. Louis Hip-Hop Shows: August 2014

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St. Louis is serving up a healthy batch of national and local shows for y'all this month. Whether you're looking for a dance party to practice your #SchmoneyDance or want to rap alongside Wiz Khalifa on his newest banger "We Dem Boyz," we've got you covered. You're welcome.

Vibes at Blank Space August 8 8 p.m. / $6-$11

Blank Space hosted the first Vibes event in December -- its success pushed founders Ciej and Rell to throw a second event, again at Blank Space. Vibes is a celebration of St. Louis' art and music scenes, serving as a space for St. Louisans who are involved in photography, graffiti, painting, rap and fashion to flourish and gain exposure. Vibes is also giving back to the community with a mini charity donation drive that benefits children in need of school supplies -- plus a donation knocks $2 off the entry fee. The lineup is mega awesome too: Centipede x Abnormal, Prospect, the Souls of Liberty, Ciej, Domino Effect, Con, Mic-Key, Zado, Chris Smith Jr. and LSTMBRS. Come out, see some art and music, and donate to a good cause!

Kevin Gates with Chevy Woods at the Ready Room August 9 8 p.m. / $16.40-$20

In 2007, Louisiana's Kevin Gates started working with one of hip-hop's heaviest hitters, Lil Boosie. After cutting the successful track "Get in the Way" with Boosie as the featured artist, Gates was finally on the come up. Sadly, the rapper was briefly jailed in 2011, but luck seemed to be on his side: Upon his release, his management was taken over by Young Money Entertainment's management wing, and he's been signed to Atlantic Records since 2013. Gates has steadily kept releasing new music and is currently on tour for his latest project By Any Means. Practice some punctuality to catch opener Chevy Woods.

Wiz Khalifa with Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Richie Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU and DJ Drama at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater August 12 6 p.m. / $27.75-$62.75

Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy and Tyga are coming through St. Louis for their Under the Influence of Music tour, with an incomparable list of openers including Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan and Mack Wilds -- proof that the law ain't gonna interrupt Wiz's flow. Let us explain: This past May, while promoting his new mixtape 28 Grams, Wiz dropped a few cannabis-centric mixes that caught the eye of the authorities. He was subsequently jailed for possession before 28 Grams could debut. He was released after a day, but not before he posted a jail selfie and got #FreeTrapWiz trending on Twitter. Wiz's tour is in support of his next studio album, Blacc Hollywood, which drops August 19. Six is quite the early start time for a show, but this is a lineup you don't want to miss.

Blank Generation with Franco-Hill at Schlafly Tap Room August 22 9 p.m. / free

The Schlafly Tap Room does it again, this time with FarFetched's Blank Generation, a collaborative project that serves a huge purpose. Created by St. Louis' LooseScrewz and Hearskra-Z, Blank Generation's aim is to unify St. Louis through its fusion of punk rock, hip-hop, funk, soul and pop music. Blank Gen will be debuting its new project with perfect execution by Charlie Cerpa on sax, Andrew Gibson on drums and vocals, David Huber on bass guitar, Matt Lyons on guitar, Jelani Buchanan on keys and Hearskra-Z on vocals. Arrive on time to catch a set by Franco-Hill.

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