If you’ve been in St. Louis for longer than a day, you no doubt are aware that it is the home town of hip hop star, Nelly. Technically, he now lives a bit west of St. Louis in the “urban sprawl” outer suburbs. But, many St. Louisans embrace him and his inner-city music with pride as he brought It’s Getting Hot in Herre, and Country Grammer to the airwaves. Others, would rather turn down the volume.
If you enjoy Nelly and can’t get enough, you will be excited to know that he has landed a new job on the radio. He will be the on-air personality on Hot 104.1 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. week days. If you, however, are among those who wish Nelly would quiet down, you know the hip hop station and the times in which to avoid listening.
Though, Nelly tends to get tons of free news-time publicity on KMOV and other St. Louis television and radio stations; many St. Louis area Christians along with those just searching for more family-friendly lyrics, would like to turn a deaf ear on Nelly since his lyrics include extremely offensive lyrics and/or blatant gangsta undertones. It is true, he has been involved in area fundraisers, including one for his sister who passed away. But, his song lyrics tend to drift away from his charitable side, reflecting a darker, more gangsta side.
If you enjoy hip hop, but don’t want your children devouring the lyrics behind the beat, Christian hip hop artist, Toby Mac, presents a great alternative. Toby Mac was recently in the St. Louis area and will soon be just a couple hours away in Cape Girardeau if you missed the show or want to see it again. Also, a wonderful hip hop resource for those seeking Christian or family-friendly lyrics is Christian HipHop.net, Urban Ministry, or listen to better lyrics in hip hop for free at Last fm or find out more at Holy Hip Hop.org. Also, if you are looking for a lyrically clean hip hop dance class, My King Studios, located not terribly far from Nelly’s house, offers a hip hop class to students.
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