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LOOPRAT Welcomes Newest Member 'Black Buddha Bear' w/ Collab 

LOOPRAT is happy to introduce our newest member, an incredible soul singer who you will get to know very well soon enough. Micah 'Black Buddha Bear' Shelton started working with the crew at the start of the summer. While we have been putting finishing touches on many group tracks for an upcoming project we decided to collaborate and release a single with an STL based production duo 'The Belief Cycle'. Excited to share this one!

Stream 'Never Better' today on all major platforms!

Enjoy the first appearance of many by Black Buddha Bear. 

Guitarist Joey Ferber releases Debut Single/Video 

"Silly Affairs" is Joey Ferber's debut single and considering his role as a guitarist for the St. Louis based jazz hip-hop collective, LOOPRAT, it makes sense that it is a collaborative effort. Ferber, a burgeoning singer-songwriter in his own right teamed up with fellow LOOPRAT NatKingFlo for this whimsical, guitar-laden bop, that's stylings resemble something like R&B with a dash of rap. While the song's playful aesthetic hints at love and heartbreak, its core gets at the deep, sometimes complicated emotions behind romance. The song recognizes the importance of choosing time wisely, spending it with people who have your best interest in mind and vice versa. But as the video details,  these decisions aren't always so clear cut. Ego gets involved, and next thing you know, lessons get learned the hard way. 

    For the visuals, Ferber teamed up with fellow St. Louisan, Freddy D'angelo to create what ended up feeling more like a short film than a music video. As far as follow ups, expect more collaborative efforts and solo content to support his debut drop.

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'Panes' Music Video Release 

The current landscape of music and culture at large is to some, a pain. However it all depends on where you look. The newest release from jazz/rap collective LOOPRAT finds the group reflecting on the effect our surroundings can play on our stability and contribution to the greater good. Being bombarded daily with unhealthy and uninspiring influence takes its toll. The more we feed these insecurities the more they can control our perception. Combating the trends with courageous individualism may seem like an uphill battle but the end results are all the more satisfying.

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LOOPRAT at The Sheldon w/ Mathias & The Pirates Nov 16th 

St. Louis hip-hop is living and breathing at the Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries. 

Wait ... what? 

As odd as it sounds, “Hip Hop Live” kicks off this weekend with iLLPHONiCS and Blvck Spvde in the Sheldon ballroom. 

Other acts in the series, which will showcase hip-hopacts that play original music, are Mathias & the Pirates and Looprat on Nov. 16 and Midwest Avengers and Anthony Lucius on Jan. 19. DJ Nune spins. 

We talked with iLLPHONiCS frontman Larry “Fallout” Morris, who organized the series with Sheldon operations director Quintin Reed and executive director Paul Reuter.

 

***excerpt from STL Post Dispatch article by Kevin C. Johnson 

 

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New Music: Draw the Line 

LOOPRAT MC ZenMugen debuts the lead single for his upcoming project “Wisdom Unlimited EP” via LOOPRAT Music. The self-reflective content pairs with a classic instrumental from keynote LOOPRAT artist Davie Napalm. The concise wordplay and distinctive delivery showcases the collectives Hip Hop stylings while the message resonates with the trials and ultimate redemption of one man's journey.

Single art was commissioned from Marco Faßbender depicting the unknown of the horizon as well as the transition from mundane to sacred associated with the gateways of Buddhist shrines. The sound is a triumphant return from Mugen’s brief hiatus after his debut “Full Circle” released in November 2017.

Listen to the song here.

#WisdomUnlimited summer 2018...

LOOPRAT Spring 2018 Dates 

April 5th @The Bootleg w/ Naughty Professor

Nola based funk sensations Naughty Professor stop through St. Louis for a show with the LOOPRAT Collective. 

 

April 14th @ STL-Style for Lo-fi STL 

Live recorded one take music video performance as part of Lo-Fi St. Louis video series. 

 

April 18th @SEMO for Earth Day Ecopalooza 

South East Missouri State Earth Day Celebrations in the quad of campus over the lunch hour.

 

April 27th @Norman Music Festival, Norman OK 

Oklahoma's largest music festival is FREE!

 

May 12th @Des Moines, IA w/ Blackalicious

Des Moines, Iowa summer concert series featuring underground legends Blackalicious.

LOOPRAT & Naughty Professor 4/5 

LOOPRAT was recently added as local support for a show April 5th at The Bootleg. Naughty Professor headlines as a part of their tour of the Midwest. The funk band out of New Orleans released their new Album ‘Identity’ in summer 2017.

LOOPRAT Cypher 

 

In January of 2017, just after a performance at the Art of Live Festival, LOOPRAT reconvened at Suburban Pro Studios in the early hours of the morning. The ensemble included five MCs [NatKingFlo, Will-Be, Mugen, David Bohlen and newest member Armani] as well as a six piece ensemble [Joseph Ferber on Guitar, Luke Smith on Keys, Tonina Saputo on Bass, Keith Bowman on Drums, Khamali Cuffie-Moore on Trumpet and Sam Katz on Saxaphone]. The group put together their longest single take track to date: a 14 minute cypher. LOOPRAT is back with a full serving of JazzRap as a follow up to 2016’s “How Live?” 

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LOOPRAT Live in Concert February 23rd 

The first LOOPRAT show of the new year is fast approaching. The collective returns to the stage Friday, February 23rd at Off Broadway STL with a show that truly serves as a premier event experience. In addition to an “All the Way Live” concert experience, there will be live art and booths by Haveah Mcgowin, Righthandrobot and Carla Steppan Chin in addition to professionally prepared street tacos on location.

Joining the crew on stage is Tonina Saputo, a consistent contributor and affiliated act fresh off her first performance at The Pageant. Adding to the empowered feminine aura of the night is LePonds. She was recently recognized by the Riverfront Times 2017's Heat which rated amongst the best Saint Louis albums of the year.

Rounding out the show is another full ensemble: Monkh and the people. The genre bending group mixes socially aware lyrics with Rock, Reggae, Blues and beyond.

RSVP to the event page now!

Tickets are $10, there is $3 minor surcharge and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Previous events

The Lab w/ LOOPRAT

The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Ave , St. Louis, MO

Join us in kicking off the newest FREE monthly series at The Monocle. 'The Lab' w/ LOOPRAT sets the stage for the jazzrap collective to test new music in the works each month. Expect to hear collaborations from LOOPRAT solo artists Davie Napalm, Joe Ferb, NatKingFlo and Armani as well as unreleased group tracks including fresh material featuring the newest member of LOOPRAT, BlackBuddahBear. The surprises won't stop there. More avid LOOPRAT listeners may be aware of some of the instrumental groups within the collective as well. Keep an eye and ear out for more from Sojy Fatz (guitarist Joe Ferb and saxophonist Sam Katz's production side project) as well as Quintessential, the instrumental jazz combo side project spearheaded by bassist Albert Marshall.

What does LOOPRAT have cooking in this month's Lab? Pull up September 5th to experience the experiment.

Durand Jones & The Indications w/ LOOPRAT

The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave, St. Louis

Doors 8pm | Show 9pm | $10 ADV | $13 DOS | 21+

durandjonesandtheindications.com

Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones got his start in the church, after being forced to sing in the choir of his rural hometown Hillaryville, Louisiana because his Grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington - and their debut album is out now.

https://www.facebook.com/events/636221959911412/

What's Your Flavor (314 Day Celebration)

2720 Performing Arts Center, 2720 Cherokee St., St. Louis

Art | Music | Culture Showcase on 314 Day

Hosted by Corey Black + Franco

Performances by Tef Poe, The Knuckles, LOOPRAT, T-Dubb O, Mvstermind, Indiana Rome, Monkh & The People, Nick Menn, and more

7pm- 12am $3.14 for first 50 guest General Admission tickets only $15 advanced/$20 at door

https://www.facebook.com/events/181669798989219/

Jul22

LOOPRAT opens for The Palmer Squares

2720, Cherokee Street, St. Louis

The Palmer Squares will be performing in STL as a part of their 2016 summer tour with local support from LOOPRAT & Scrub