Black Spade is an American MC/producer/vocalist from St. Louis. He is one half of the quartet turned duo Hawthrone Headhunters, with singer/songwriter Coultrain. With influences from Prince and J Dilla to Radiohead and fusion-era Miles Davis, Black Spade clearly is not the pop-rap of fellow Gateway City natives Nelly and the St. Lunatics. His musical palette -- warm and trippy synths, gritty hip-hop beats, and falsetto-infused, downtempo neo-soul -- is more in tune with the left-field soul/funk scenes of underground Detroit and L.A.
Born and bred in St. Louis, MO, Black Spade (real name Veto Lamar Money) developed into a skilled artist performing as part of local indie rap/soul collective Soul Tyde, which originally formed in 1998. Their first, and only, album, ''Hip-Hop & Soulful...Ish'', sold just a few hundred copies upon its release in 2003 before the crew broke up not long afterwards. Out on his own to establish himself as a solo artist, Spade was discovered by an A&R from the downtempo/deep house-focused label Om Records at a performance in the California Bay Area in 2004. By 2007, the multi-threat soulster was signed to Om and issued the digital four-song EP, ''Loves Right Here'', later that year. His debut full-length with the label, ''To Serve With Love'', appeared shortly thereafter in 2008. Read more on Last.fm.