Deep Cut: Lil St. Louis "Full Of Sh**"

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Mixtape: Young & Reckless
Producer: DJ On Da Beat

Not enough people are fucking with Lil St Louis. Back in November he dropped his Young & Reckless tape with Swamp Izzo and DJ Smallz; it’s still getting spins over here. You’d think it would have got more play, but Murphy Lee has got more downloads for his most recent tape so maybe people are not checking for St. Louis raps like they should be. Lil St. Louis is on a lot of trap-type shit on this tape. For the most part, the production is on that menacing tip, as can be heard with the theremin-sounding wobbling whistle that tries to haunt you through out this song. The beat is reminiscent of turned down version of the Boyz N Da Hood’s "Everybody Know Me," but instead of a hype Jeezy and crew you get Lil StL threatening to murder you.

The appeal of Lil St Louis is really his delivery. Words are cut off or emphasized before they end as needed to make his rhymes work. Lil St Louis has spent some time in Alabama so I’m thinking that’s where that harder twang in his voice is coming from versus your standard St. Louis rappers. For a moment in "Full Of Shit" I thought his crew was called Douche Gang but it’s Duce Gang (don’t worry, your crew can still be Douche Gang). When I realized my error it was slightly depressing.

Anyway, back to his delivery: You could try to compare him to OJ Da Juiceman, because they both have that steady laid back flow, but where he differs is he’s got a more threatening bent to his shit. It is primarily due his beat selection, but also there aren’t any useless adlibs being tossed in there. You’re also not getting all the fluff of unnecessary autotuned bullshit, worthless R&B joints, trying too hard for a club hit, or a tape that’s just doing too much. The tape is very straightforward and stays in its lane without trying to be something it shouldn’t. Which in this day of too many struggle rappers trying to cover a million bases is something we don’t see enough of.

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