- Date/time: October 28th
- Venue: Henry Givens Main Auditorium
- Address: Harris Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63103
- Web: More Info
Memphis rapper MoneyBagg Yo brought grit and menace to his rhymes about street life. Born Demario White, he got his start by building an audience with a series of singles, like “Sick of It” with P.C. and 2Much, as well as guest spots on tracks by AMP, SMG, and Mizta CEO. His early mixtapes were issued in 2015, including Relentless and All Gas No Brakes. The following year he released three more, one of which won a Memphis Hip Hop Award for Mixtape of the Year. Federal Reloaded featured Y Grizzle, Young Dolph, and OG Boo Dirty, while the follow-up, ELO (Everybody Lives On), included guests like Yo Gotti (“A Lot of ‘Em”) and Migos’ Quavo (“Days n Nites”). His work with Yo Gotti continued on a joint effort entitled 2 Federal. Heartless arrived in early 2017 and charted on the Billboard 200. The album featured YFN Lucci (“Wit This Money”) and Lil Durk (“Yesterday”). Another mixtape, Federal 3X, followed later in the year, and debuted at number five on the Billboard 200.
Native Detroit rapper Kash Doll was born Arkeisha Knight in 1992. By her early twenties, Knight channeled her life-long love of hip-hop and performance into concentrated efforts to begin a rap career, leaving behind work as an exotic dancer, adopting the Kash Doll moniker, and booking gigs in the Detroit area in 2014. After dropping the well-received single covering AV’s “Run Me My Money,” Kash Doll released her first mixtape, K.R.E.A.M. Kash Rules Everything Around Me, in early 2015 with production on some tracks from 808 Mafia member Purps. Late the next year she returned with another online mixtape, Keisha vs. Kash Doll. While working toward a proper debut full-length, she released the single “For Everybody” in early 2017.