If â€œsleep is the cousin of deathâ€ [The Game â€œDreamsâ€ The Documentary,] it will be a long time before St. Louisâ€™ last breath. In fact, it will be a long time before anyone mentions his name in the same sentence as sleep unless theyâ€™re saying: â€œSt. Louis is one of the most slept-on artists everâ€ â€“ Samuel Thibaud, President, CEO Konflict Records.
Born eyes wide opened on December 7, 1979 on the eastside of St. Louis, MO, Samuel â€œSt. Louisâ€ Armstead grew up like any other eastside child. Broke! Truthfully, everything about his inner-city adolescent years has been stereotypical. He lived in a run-down housing â€œprojectâ€ characterized by crime, over population, and low-income minority families. He was raised by a single mother facing problems that single mothers face, and he loved basketball and music.
Typical? Not exactly. He didnâ€™t just love basketball; he was a fanatic, and he didnâ€™t just listen to music; he made it. If he wasnâ€™t bouncing a ball, he was writing a verse. But, it wasnâ€™t until he and his mom moved to Clarksville, TN, that he began to literally - rise above his circumstances.
As a 6â€™4â€ junior in high school, St. Louis dominated basketball and showed collegiate potential on the court and in the classroom. Uncharacteristically for someone of his background, he graduated high school and was accepted to attend one of â€œAmericaâ€™s Top 50 Schools,â€ Fisk University. While at Fisk he continued to dominate basketball and hone his skills as a lyricist and performer. It was also where he earned a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Psychology and his alias â€œSt. Louis,â€ because of his professed love and loyalty for his old neighborhood.
After college, St. Louis focused on his music career and teamed up with a long time college friend and started Konflict Records. In 2004, he wrote and co-produced his debut album â€˜But Iâ€™m From Tha Eastsideâ€ and dedicated it to his old neighborhood, and his nurturing mother who had died of cancer a year earlier.
Now, following the release and measurable success of his debut album, St. Louis is more certain than ever that he will prevail, and leave his mark on the music industry.
For more information about Konflict Records' artists, visit:www.knoflictrecords.com
Check out the artist's website:
1. East St. Louis
2. St. Louis But I'm From Tha Eastside
3. Bring It On
4. I Got Work
5. Need Ta Know
6. Drunk-N-Faded Feat. Suave
7. Tha G'z Roll
8. Whoever Feat. Zuse of UTP
9. What Do I Live For? Feat. Myochi Johnson
10. Toy Wit
11. That Fine Thang Feat. A.D. Future, E.A., and Ice Mike
12. Sucker Free
13. WDSF Talk Radio Feat. London Lady
14. â€œThey Call Itâ€ ESL
17. Wishin' Feat. Suave