Best Local Single

Tef Poe, "War Cry"

Staff Pick

A number of people would angrily disagree with our naming Tef Poe's "War Cry" as the best single of the last year. Let's go down the list: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson, Mayor Francis Slay, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, State Representative Jeff Roorda, former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, President Barack Obama and, of course, Governor Jay Nixon. But why would these public officials be so against the track? Put simply, because this song so clearly and emphatically opposes them. Billed as a "Jay Nixon diss record" and released just two weeks before a grand jury declined to press charges against Wilson for the death of Ferguson teen Michael Brown, "War Cry" pulls no punches in laying into the officers and politicians whom Tef sees as responsible for the area's discord. "The system full of snakes, the governor can't fix it," Tef raps on the track's chorus. "With every breath of my body, it's fuck Jay Nixon." To date, the governor has yet to respond with a diss track of his own.
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