LOOPRAT | Rearview (Music Video) 

"Rearview" simply put, is a song about leaving a relationship behind you. Whether that's a difficult decision or one made joyously may be a matter of perspective, but the upbeat energy and witty lyrics strike a perfect balance between happiness and heartbreak. Opening with a catchy guitar riff that drives the song forward, BlackBuddhaBear soulfully sings a Joey Ferber penned chorus reflecting on the difficulties of leaving someone you once cared for behind in your "Rearview." Playing on the song title and chorus, NatKingFlo drops a verse packed with car themed wordplay and double entendre to drive home the point further. From there, listeners are treated to a soulful and melodic sax solo to ride out to before Armani Abomb hops on the track with a verse detailing some recent X rated adventures.

BlackBuddhaBear - Vocals

NatKingFlo - MC

Armani Abomb - MC

Joey Ferber - Guitar, Composer

Sam Katz - Tenor Sax

Michael Perry - Drums

Albert Marshall- Bass

Brady Lewis - Trumpet


Mixed and Mastered by Matt Sawicki at Suburban Pro Studios

Video Shot and Directed by Cody Briner 


Rearview Now Streaming Everywhere

LOOPRAT & Sandro Lorier | Life in the Mud (Blues For St. Louis)  

      Shortly before a global pandemic shut down borders, the legendary father/son guitar duo Paquito and Sandro Lorier from Alsace, France toured across the United States. During their time in St. Louis, the duo was introduced to LOOPRAT. The Loriers and LOOPRAT ended up playing together at a show, which led to a special, one night recording session where Sandro and the band tracked two songs.

     The onset of Covid in 2020 majorly altered plans and timelines for both LOOPRAT and the Loriers. Without any further delay, LOOPRAT is proud to present the first of two collaborations with Sandro Lorier, a masterful guitarist in styles of jazz Manouche, Rumba and Flamenco. Titled “Life in the Mud,” after the chorus penned and sung by LOOPRAT’s BlackBuddhaBear, the composition was brought to the table by Sandro with the name “Blues for St. Louis,” as a homage to his time spent in a city that embraced him and his father Paquito's artistry with open arms.

     Now, the collaboration truly does have a place in history. In December 2022, the Missouri History Museum invited LOOPRAT to perform as part of their "St. Louis Sound" exhibit, a tribute of the lineage of St. Louis musicians who have left their mark in time. As part of a night dedicated to St. Louis Hip-Hop, LOOPRAT co-headlined with the legendary DJ G-Wiz as concert goers and history lovers alike rejoiced to the sounds of breakbeats and bars. This video was filmed the night of the event. Hopefully, what you see captures the essence of a night and of a sound that showcases the quality of music that St. Louis offers to the world stage.



LOOPRAT | Still Saucin' (Official Music Video) 

Take a trip inside the lab with LOOPRAT as the crew cooks up their new single, Still Saucin’. When lockdowns closed venues, studios, and restaurants in 2020, LOOPRAT came together to record the “Locked in the Lab” mixtape. Chef Brandon Panosh keeps the band well fed with a 5 star meal as Still Saucin’ comes to life from scratch in this latest visual release.

ft. NatKingFlo & Armani Abomb

prod. Sam Katz & NatKingFlo

Shot by Joey Ferber

Directed by NatKingFlo

Special thanks to Chef Brandon Panosh

'Locked in the Lab' OUT NOW via LOOPRAT.com

Armani Abomb | Rap Write Repeat | ft. BlackBuddhaBear (Official Music Video) 

Armani Abomb takes a trip down memory lane over NatKingFlo production with a visit to his childhood home as featured vocalist and visual artist BlackBuddhaBear demonstrates the lasting power of a timeless legacy with a charcoal portrait series. ‘Rap Write Repeat’ is the 3rd single release from jazz-rap collective LOOPRAT’s ‘Locked in the Lab’ mixtape, available now via LOOPRAT.com

Shot by Calvin Tigre

Purchase limited edited t-shirts from BlackBuddhaBear's accompanying portrait series from the LOOPRAT store!

'Locked in the Lab' Mixtape OUT NOW  

After a year in quarentine, the LOOPRAT Collective is proud to present 'Locked in the Lab' to our listeners. The project is available now exclusively through our website prior to streaming release. Click here to check out the newest offering from Davie Napalm, Armani Abomb, NatKingFlo, Joey Ferber, Sojy Fatz, and the Quintessential band. Enjoy, and remember to share the music!

'Locked in the Lab' Release Show 

After a year in lockdown jazz rap collective LOOPRAT is back in full effect. Celebrate the release of “Locked in the Lab” with the crew May 29th at Blue Strawberry. The project was put together last summer and fall while social distancing and is in many ways a compilation tape from various members and smaller collaborations within the group. Hard copies will be available exclusively at the show and through LOOPRAT.com prior to streaming release. Catch performances by Davie Napalm, Joey Ferber, Armani Abomb, NatKingFlo, Sojy Fatz and the Quintessential band. This is the full LOOPRAT experience, mark your calendars!

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Davie Napalm - I'm a Fool (Official Music Video) 

St. Louis, USA: Effortlessly breathing the language of hip-hop, recording artist Davie Napalm premieres his first solo music video "I'm A Fool", lead single from LOOPRAT's forthcoming mixtape. The stripped-down video, created by video artist Louis Quatorze, puts Davie Napalm front and center, acknowledging the noise of modern rap trends in an era of being true to oneself and music is underappreciated.





LOOPRAT 2020 'Tiny Desk' Submission + Album Announcement  

The LOOPRAT Collective comes together yet again for another submission to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. Check out the gospel inspired cut produced by Davie Napalm, featuring Greg Sallie on organ and Lisa Houdei and Ciara Marcano as the featured chorus. Hopefully this one will lift your spirits as we all find ways to come together while staying safely distanced for the time being. Make sure to share the video if you are vibing, and let @nprmusic know as much on social media! 

Tucked into the description of the video on YouTube is an announcement of sorts. "Album OTW" , and indeed it is! Literally as we planned our final recording session earlier this month, St. Louis followed the rest of the globe in instituting quarantine measures to help fight the spread of Covid-19. With such uncertainty in the immediate future we can't set a date for release, but look forward to seeing everyone on the other side as soon as possible. Stay safe, stay home, play LOOPRAT at loud volumes from your balcony. 


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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Off Broadway , 3509 Lemp Ave, St. Louis

Explorations in Hip Hop! Fusion of Sounds! Fusia Fest is a celebration of all things fused into Hip-Hop! Come see the forefront of STL's Hip Hip hop innovators with special guests Native Sun from Indianapolis! Hosted by the STL's Hip Hop Professor and legend Ill Spitta Sicflo!

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The Lab w/ LOOPRAT

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

Join us for our 3rd monthly installment of 'The Lab' w/ LOOPRAT, where you may hear us testing new music from the collective or experimenting with revamped renditions of past releases. Don't be surprised if special guests sit in for a surprise (co)lab every now and then either. Being such a large collective of musicians, LOOPRAT is hoping to showcase the diverse array of sounds that we pull from individually and bring together as a group.

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.

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


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.


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