Garett Southerton is the creative force and founder of design and recording studio Desoulbel and creative art education and inspiration website ThinkDope. The Long Island, New York based designer has a knack for staying current and up-to-date with the trends in the design industry. With the launch of ThinkDope, Garett is able to educate and inspire the next generation of visual and graphic artists. Learn more about Garett and ThinkDope and see what motivated him to launch the education website.
When contemplating the future of Saint Louis hip-hop and who will be the movers and shakers ushering in the post-millenial wave of music and culture, a name that should be in everyone’s mind is J’Demul. Barely eighteen years old, J’Demul possesses an incredible raw talent of delivery and vibe that many better seasoned area artists are still trying to find for themselves. Though comparisons to Joey Bada$$ are likely (and likely overstated), this Saint Louis native has a strong connection to his past that is evident in his music. Call it 90′s rap, boom bap, or throwback, whatever the terminology, it’s good, and it is the future of our scene, and thus well-deserving of a Saint Louis Snippet.
Continuing my video series entitled Saint Louis Snippets, which is an exclusive artist feature that takes Saint Louis’ best hip-hop verses and accompanies them with ambitious videos meant to promote local creatives, I recently crossed path’s with MME ringleader Mvstermind to complete a video for his verse featured on Tony Walker‘s Cupid’s Gun. Mvstermind’s engaging energy and nostalgic wordplay immediately drew me to this track, as he very accurately describes and represents the persistent struggles of a 20-something in a modern world.
Both coasts commonly refer to the heartland of our country, in a not-so-warmly manner, as “Flyover Country.” Those of us in the Midwest lack the warm, breezy beaches of Florida and California as well as the cultural and historical significance of New York and Massachusetts. Specifically for Saint Louis, our stigma centers around two opposing, yet equally demeaning generalizations: the land of high crime and uneducated hoosiers.
In the part two of the series, St. Louis-based photographer Adrian O. Walker talks about concert photography and giving advice on freelancing. Watch part two of the two-part series about Adrian chopping it up about his work with Stalley on the Tetsuo and Youth Preview Tour, and his other creative endeavors.
In the part one of the two part series, St. Louis-based photographer Adrian O. Walker talks about the life changing call from Stalley’s manager, his blog 45 Days of Gettin’ By, and meeting Bill Paladino and Brock Fetch while being on the road. Watch part one of the two-part series about Adrian chopping it up about his work with Stalley on the Tetsuo and Youth Preview Tour, and his other creative endeavors.
Stereo Assault features St. Louis’ growing community space, The Blank Space. We interviewed Blank Space co-owners, Kaveh Razani and Black Spade as they discuss Blank Space and how the venue impacts the St. Louis community. Kaveh and Spade go into the history of the venue, the Soul Tyde connections and the uniqueness of the venue.