Our Story

LOOPRAT is a collective of recording artists based in St. Louis, MO making music for the soul. The group is equipped with a range of talents, including MCs and producers true to the roots of hip-hop, and a vocalist whose powerful voice is balanced with an equally profound sensitivity in performance and writing. Bars, beats and content take priority over fleeting trends. Combine that with a band of instrumentalists and songwriters whose experience in styles range from music you’d hear at church to a smoky nightclub or jazz lounge, and you will see LOOPRAT’s beauty is in its ability to merge their diverse influences into an unforgettable experience. 

MEMBERS

MCs
NatKingFlo: An original member of the LOOPRAT crew his abilities range from writing to composition, from visual to lyrical to musical and anywhere in-between. Nate graduated from Webster University in 2017 with a degree in media communications. [MC, Producer]


David Bohlen: Bohlen, also known as Davie Napalm, joined the LOOPRAT crew in 2015. Similarly to NatKingFlo, his relationship with Hip-Hop was longstanding before joining the group. Despite a catalog of unreleased demos, it was in 2016 that Napalm released his debut project: LOOPRAT's 'How We Live EP'. The project features classical Hip-Hop exclusively produced by Bohlen. When not working on music, David manages his own family farm with his partner and brother Thomas.  [MC, Producer]


Armani: Newest MC of LOOPRAT and an artist who has worked with David Bohlen over the years as they both honed their craft. In 2016, Armani released his debut project '(Al)most.' His 2017 follow up 'What I Think' is his first full length project. With work on the new band project underway, expect more collaboration with the crew in the future. [MC]

 

Vocals

Black Buddha Bear: A self taught musician, Micah joined the crew in 2019 and has been key to the creative process ever since. His powerful and soulful voice is just what we needed to add to the mix. Keep your ears open for lots of Black Buddha Bear on our records. 


The Band
Joey Ferber: Joseph has had a hand in LOOPRAT's development since the humble beginnings of the group. As a musician, writer, and teaching artist, Joseph works long days and busy nights splitting time between many of life's discipline's. A listener by trade, Joseph expects more evolution in the music of LOOPRAT as the creative process has always been one of growing pains and pleasant surprise. For Ferber, it is an honor to play with the individuals who comprise LOOPRAT on any given day, and the experience gained within the group has been essential to his growth as a creative, and as a human being. [Guitarist, Producer]


Sam Katz: A graduate of the University of Cincinnati music program, Sam's classical jazz training allows him to coordinate and compose many LOOPRAT originals in addition to revising the drafts of other producers and musicians in the group. Katz has been a key source for creating, evolving and sustaining the LOOPRAT sound. [Saxophonist, Producer]


Albert Marshall: A graduate from the University of Lawrence, Wisconsin with a degree in physics, Marshall has taken a job in Saint Louis and will continue his tenure as the righteous, groovy baseline of LOOPRAT's ensemble. Additionally, Albert is the bandleader of the affiliated jazz side project Quintessential, comprised of the LOOPRAT instrumentalists[Bassist, Composer]

 

Michael Perry: Hailing from East St. Louis, Mike joined the group in 2017 and is continuing his hometown's legacy of phenomenal musicians. He has honed his skills growing up playing drums in church and is instrumental in continuing the LOOPRAT sound. [Drummer]