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3 Reasons We're Listening To Steddy P This Week

Courtesy Indyground Entertainment

Ray Pierce, the man who performs as Steddy P, is the founder of Indyground Entertainment, a miniature version of Tech N9ne’s Strange Music empire. The label has issued music by regional artists including Farout and Dom Chronicles.

3 reasons we're listening to Steddy P this week:

1. On Saturday, Steddy P oversees the annual Indy Fest party at the Riot Room. Beginning at noon, Indy Fest features about two dozen rappers and DJs on indoor and outdoor stages; among the performers are The Abnorm, Greg Enemy and Second Hand King.

2. Though Steddy P has gradually evolved into a bacchanal party rapper, his 2008 album Dear Columbia was the imaginative work of a performer who took his cues from conscious artists like KRS-One and Chuck D of Public Enemy.

3. “End of the World Party,” a track from his 2012 project While You Were Sleeping 2, splits the difference between Steddy P’s roots as a thoughtful rapper and his more recent emphasis on celebratory music. It's the third track on this live performance at KJHK in Lawrence:

IndyFest 16, n00n-3 a.m. at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111, 816-442-8179.

Bill Brownlee’s writing appears weekly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. He blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City's jazz scene at plasticsax.com.
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