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

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St. Louis has a fair amount of hip-hop concerts this September to ease your end-of-summer woes. Catch a whiff of the underground with Inspectah Deck and a benefit for Mike Brown, or catch a little mainstream action with the coveted Die Antwoord and Ab-Soul. From the local to the lesser known and downright wavey and weird, these are the best St. Louis hip-hop shows of September.

Inspectah Deck at the Mad Magician September 4 8 p.m. / $15

Though a member of the famed Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck has remained one of the lesser-known rappers of the group: He never reached the solo stardom of his Wu-Tang cohorts, like Raekwon, RZA or GZA, but he's always proved that he can spit some mean rhymes -- don't forget his opening verse on Wu-Tang's classic single "Protect Ya Neck." Inspectah Deck was dormant for awhile, but last year released the collaboration album Czarface with Boston hip-hop duo 7L & Esoteric, which was met with favorable reviews.

Benefit for Mike Brown at Fubar September 11 7 p.m. / $5

O'Fallon rapper Uno Joven has put together a lineup of Midwest musicians and rappers to honor the memory of Michael Brown that includes Ruka Puff, the FuFops, Aurellius the Saint, KD Assassin, Cash Reap, Uno Joven, Repatallion, T Prince, the Moonmen, Fellin, Feelmore Slim, Cold Kase, Cue, John Boi, Lmnop and Jenny Marie. All proceeds will go to the family of Michael Brown -- a minimum of a $5 donation is accepted at the door, but please donate more if you can and are willing.

Die Antwoord at the Pageant September 16 8 p.m. / $29.50 to $32

Die Antwoord brought zef to the US, a South African counterculture that both embraces and rejects luxury. If that doesn't make any sense to you, then perhaps seeing a live performance by the group will solidify the meaning. Trance-y, ravelike music by DJ Hi-Tek is the backdrop for emcees Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er's rapid-fire flow, with the latter's voice often rising into falsettos. The duo speaks in a mixture of Afrikaans, English and Xhosa, so don't expect to understand everything they're saying -- maybe just nod your head along like you get it.

Ab-Soul with MME at The Ready Room September 24 8 p.m. / $25-$100

Ab-Soul made a name for himself after he signed to Top Dawg Entertainment and became a member of the four-person hip-hop group Black Hippy. Since then, all four members of the group -- Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q -- have struck out on their own, each finding success. Ab-Soul's demeanor is distinct from his labelmates', conveying a laid-back, West Coast way in his music that easily translates to his performance. Arrive early to catch St. Louis hip-hop collective MME, who must be stoked to open for one of TDE's frontrunners.

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