Rapper Bates takes the stage as part of Not So Quiet! concert series

Performance in conjunction with St. Louis Public Library’s Hip-Hop Appreciation Week celebration

In celebration of Hip-Hop Appreciation Week, St. Louis Public Library presents the Not So Quiet! concert series featuring Bates, a “Show Me State” rapper who has been setting booths on fire and blazing stages since she started her music career. Bates will take the stage May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.

In 2015, Bates was awarded ‘Best Female Hip-Hop Artist’ by the St. Louis Underground Music Awards. A year later, she received the “Best Video” award for “Tell Jesus,” and “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” for the second time, making her the first woman to take home ‘Artist of the Year’ in the history of the Slumfest Awards.

Bates then released “For Colored Folk,” an album filled with powerful insights and opinions. It went on to win ‘Best Album of the Year’ in 2017 at the Slumfest Awards. Her next album “Strange Woman” is already being called her greatest work yet.

Due to graphic language and strong adult themes, anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by a guardian at the show. Seating is first-come-first-served.

Not So Quiet! concert series is made possible by generous support from Plaza Advisory Group, Inc. and the St. Louis Public Library Foundation.

This program is part of SLPL’s Hip Hop Appreciation Week celebration. A full list of the week’s events can be found in the Events list on slpl.org.