Welcome to The HuSTLe, a weekly column that highlights three rising hip-hop artists from St. Louis, Missouri. Culturally speaking, St. Louis is a melting pot due to the high number of transplants that come from around the country and the world. The St. Louis hip-hop scene is no different as the blended sounds and styles from the east coast, west coast and the south find a home in the Gateway to the West. Pick and taste your flavor of the St. Louis’ hip-hop melting pot by exploring the music of Najii Person, T-Dubb-O & IAmAGame.
One of St. Louis’ premier battle rappers, T-Dubb-O is a proven lyricist that can rap bar for bar with any rapper. Outside of the battle rap world, many recognize T-Dubb-O as one of the leading voices in St. Louis following the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown. Throughout his Mobstar Manaic mixtape series, his last album The Drop or the various singles he releases, T-Dubb-O is not one to bite his tongue. Stream his collaboration with Freeway & Bo Dean titled “WaDup” below.
TeamBackPack favorite Najii Person is one of St. Louis’ rising emcee-producers. A natural poet, Najii’s transition to rapping came after hearing Kanye’s The College Dropout as a teenager. When he isn’t spitting show-stealing verses like the ones on “Sway” & “The (P)ower”, Najii is producing tracks for fellow artists throughout the St. Louis music scene. Preparing for the release of his debut EP, Najii Person is looking to have a breakthrough year in 2017. If you haven’t seen his TBP premiered video, “God Knows” check it out here. Vibe out to Najii’s newly released#314Day dedication song, “Angel” below.
With countless projects under his resume, A-Game has grown into one of St. Louis’ finest artists. Fresh off the release of his most recent project, “My City Made Me A Monster”, A-Game has built a loyal following around the country due to his live performances and constant flow of new music. Some of his popular songs include “I Can’t Tell“, “Still“, & “Sunday on the North.” Peep a preview of his new video, “Cadillac”, from My City Made Me A Monster below.