Show & Prove
Huey

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It seems strange, but there hasn’t been a single serious (read multidimensional) lyricist to emerge from St. Louis. Sure, there have been a handful of rappers that have repped for the city. But it’s not like the St. Lunatics or J-Kwon are about to set the world on fire with their lyrical wizardry. Hoping to add some much needed depth to what he feels is a mostly superficial scene, Huey is here to save the Lou.

“I feel like there’s a whole sound from St. Louis that people ain’t really heard yet,” says the 19-year-old Jive signee. “I mean [Nelly and Chingy] are good at what they do, but I feel they’re more of a commercial-type thing. There’s no real life in that shit.”

Huey, for that matter, has been keenly focused on introducing his poignantly danceable poems to the masses. After years of paying his dues and hawking rhymes in his hood, Huey was introduced to nascent entrepreneur turned manager Angela Richardson in 2002. She turned out to be the link Huey needed to connect with the prominent local DJs that made his regional heater “Pop, Lock & Drop It” a breakout hit. “[Angela] was sending out packages and all of that,” remembers Huey. “Everybody got to callin’ us and flyin’ us out places. That’s when everything happened.”

Early this year, Huey will release his full-length debut, The Notebook Paper, which fuses energetic club joints (“Closet Full”) with heartfelt gems, like “Mama Where U At.” “I’m versatile, man,” says the upstart MC. “I got the hoodness, the consciousness, the struggle, the girls in the clubs shaking they booties—the full spectrum, man.”

This wide-ranging mix, along with Huey’s devotion to the craft, is what makes him so enticing. “I ain’t just say, ‘Okay, I wanna rap because the industry seem like they making money,’” he says. “I might go commercial with my singles, but at the same time, I have some stuff on my album that the streets and the world can actually relate to.” He might blow up, but he won’t go pop.

—— Read the rest of this month’s Show & Prove picks in XXL’s March 2007 issue (#89)

  • KRITIQ

    okeeeeeeeey we’ll see abou that

  • FANOFRAP

    I’ll pass…Basically JKWON w/ dreads.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/deshawn772004 Anton aka Ranga 22

    1st, niggaz.

    I can’t lie… it’s about time. Nelly’s disappeared (don’t come back) and Chingy’s, well… wow… J-Kwon? Never mind.

    Huey, go for yours, playboy!

  • http://www.yahoo.com Shamir

    all i can say is pop lock and drop it

  • 412inthaBuilding

    ya’ll woulda been betta featurin tha boy wiz khalifa. he was #2 in this issue, should been #1

    pistolvania all day

  • jacquez
  • http://www.eddipmusic.com Eddie P.

    I heard the song on “Stomp the Yard”. He may have a chance.

  • http://www.eddiepmusic.com Eddie P.

    I heard Pop, Lock and Drop it on the “Stomp the Yard” movie. It shocked me. He may have a chance to sell a few.

  • J.R.O.

    Nah, Ghost’s son, SUN GOD.

  • Rich Vision

    The Next Group out of ST. LOUIS is
    BEINEM!

    myspace.com/BEINEM

    CHECK OUT THEIR MUSIC!

    THEY ARE THE NEXT GROUP TO BLOW FROM ST. LOUIS AND TO BE FEATURED IN THE XXLMAG.COM AND MAGAZINES!

  • Country Kaine

    Yea, I heard about Beinem…they got some hot shyt coming from the louie…

    http://www.myspace.com/beinem

    New York Stand up! Jerz Whats good!

    Huey hot, St. Louis got some talent…

  • D

    Gimme one for the Lou!! the city and the county. Watch your mouth.

  • Chanel

    Cool, Jwkon is back!

  • Spit That 2X

    Pop Lock and drop it is the joint, represent for the Lou. Keep in mind you are only as last single so keep up the good work.

  • AkaDimpleZ

    i like that pop lock and drop it joint but aint shit real about that…its just dance music…that shit sound commercial too…and if he 19 why he got highschool chicks in his video?

  • JAVY STRAIGHT EASTCOAST

    this nikkas is ass!!!!!!!! well almost all mainstream shit is ass dumb ass kids kepp this alive

  • http://myspace.com oooh lala

    GET EMS HUEY YOU GOY IT YOUR SEXY YOU CAN RAP WHEN MI MOVIE COMES OUT HOLLA

  • http://www.myspace.com/hershycoco_87 Brandi

    i lov that song and u are so sexy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!