Nato Caliph: Emcee


Nato Caliph is possibly one of the most reliable, organized and hard working people you will ever meet. He also happens to be one of the dopest lyricists in St. Louis.

In an era where many emcees are carbon copies of one another (spittin’ lyrics of self-proclaimed fame, fortune and redundant fiction), Caliph lives comfortably in the space that others who share the mic run from — reality.

Bringing an end to the entertainment of champagne sippin’, gun clappin’, weed smokin’, fat booty,  prima donna flows is not his goal. But making great music to inspire people to live, breath and groove to is.

If you’re looking for a new, real and refreshing sound, you’re looking for Nato Caliph. If you’re ready for lyrics that mean something, you’re ready for Nato Caliph. If you’re in the industry and looking to work with someone who is sick on the mic and respected as the go-to guy for getting things done, that, too, is Nato Caliph. A man among emcees.

Benjamin Gandhi-Shepard


  • MF MEZ
  • Sadat X
  • Vast Aire
  • Ali, Kyjuan, and Murphy Lee (of the St. Lunatics)
  • Black Spade
  • Naledge (of Kidz in the Hall)
  • Rockwell Knuckles
  • Tef Poe
  • Corey Black
  • Prince Ea
  • Teresa Jenee
  • Truck North
  • Ackurate
  • Rec Riddles
  • The Domino Effect
  • T-Dubb-O
  • Tank The Machine
  • Foo Foo Rena



Date Location Venue Attendance Headliner
Jan 23, 2016 27202720 CherokeeTBDVarious
Jun 15, 2014 Harriet Tubman SchoolHarlem, New York150The Babies
Jun 5, 2014 Blank Space2847 Cherokee50Homeboy Sandman
Apr 26, 2014 The Blank Space2847 Cherokee St.TBDNato Caliph
Mar 14, 2014 The Eastern (outside)1511 E. 6th St (Austin, TX)100St. Louis
Aug 24, 2013 The Gramophone4243 Manchester AveTBDNato Caliph
Aug 9, 2013 27202720 Cherokee300Various
May 9, 2013 Outside (Vintage Vinyl)The Loop1000Tef Poe
Mar 16, 2013 The Eastern (outside)1511 E. 6th St, Austin TX100Various
Feb 22, 2013 The Demo4144 Manchester Ave150Count Bass D
Nov 3, 2012 The Gramophone4243 Manchester, St. Louis MOTBDTef Poe
Oct 10, 2012 SWIC601 James R. Thompson Blvd.TBDNato Caliph/Illphonics
Sep 27, 2012 The Blue Fugue120 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO200Nato Caliph
Sep 25, 2012 Harris Stowe CampusSt. Louis, MOTBDVarious
Sep 15, 2012 OutsideKiener Plaza (Downtown St. Louis)500Tef Poe
Aug 30, 2012 The Regional Arts CommissionThe RAC100Tef Poe
May 25, 2012 The GramophoneSt. LouisTonya Morgan
Mar 1, 2012 The Gramophone4243 ManchesterQuelle Chris
Oct 23, 2011 The Fox Hole (Atomic Cowboy)St. Louis, MO
Oct 5, 2011 The ShelterDetroit, MI
Oct 4, 2011 Bernie's DistilleryColumbus, OH
Oct 3, 2011 Locals OnlyIndianapolis, IN
Oct 2, 2011 The DarkroomChicago, IL
Oct 1, 2011 The GramophoneSt. Louis, MOGROVEFEST
Sep 10, 2011 The Riot RoomKansas City, MOSteady P & DJ Mahf
Aug 14, 2011 St. Vicent ParkSt. Louis, MO300
Jul 15, 2011 Soldiers MemorialSt. Louis15,000 +Bel Biv DeVoe
Jun 20, 2011 The GramophoneSt. Louis200Headkrack
Jun 18, 2011 Atomic Cowboy/The Fox HoleSt. Louis3,000St. Louis
Apr 14, 2011 2720St. Louis, MO400Lyrics Born
Mar 18, 2011 Just BillsAustin, TX100The Force
Jul 9, 2010 Soldiers MemorialSt. Louis10,000 +COMMON

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