It has only been in the past few years that our culture’s poor health has become more acknowledged. With the over-stimulation of technology, people are seeing less of the outdoors and more of interactive computer games and friends’ Facebook walls. Thankfully, we are beginning to realize what a prominent (and unhealthy) role these can play in our lives. Combined with how our culture molds its people to accept an attitude and lifestyle of anxiety and perfectionism in a constant competitive atmosphere, we have forgotten the basics of how to take care of ourselves, of others, and how to listen to our bodies.
For the past five months, this blog has explored multiple facets of local hip-hop. I've covered some of the biggest players on the scene that are making moves on the national stage, the producers that are critical in creating an infectious sound for rappers, and the effort that goes into making a successful music video that acts as advertising for an artist's career. Left out of this mix, thus far, has been the actual venues that host and support local music, allowing you, the fan, to experience first-hand live renditions of your favorite tracks, or to discover new tunes that you can't shake from your head. In this blog, I'll visit three distinct venues across the STL area that play host to some of the city's finest rappers.