The Thirteen Best St. Louis Rappers

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Nick Menn
This year's Best of St. Louis winner for Best Hip-Hop Artist!
The Doorway collective (voted Best Hip-Hop Group in this year's RFT Music Awards) contains no shortage of talent in its ranks, but Nick "Whiteout" Menn stands out among the standouts. Maybe that's the result of his energetic delivery, dense rhymes or effortless flow -- when performing as a group, Menn's rapidly delivered verses turn heads, and his onstage charisma makes clear that he enjoys what he does. The members of Doorway are known for imbuing everything they do as a group with positivity, and Menn in particular uses his platform as a hip-hop artist to address serious social issues, specifically heroin use and addiction. A Fairview Heights, Illinois, native, the rapper has seen many in his hometown fall victim to heroin, resulting in the release of the song "HeroInside" on his 2012 mixtape Kush & Kung Fu. The song's title has since become the name of an organization founded by the members of Doorway to raise awareness about the evils of the drug. Visit HeroInside.org for more information.

See also: 50-Plus St. Louis Hip-Hop Artists You Should Know

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55 comments
Brian Mull
Brian Mull

rap, crap, it's all the same......

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

Ask how Richie incognito feels about the opposite of "I hate whitey". The double standards will never stop in this country, if it wasn't so fucked up it would be funny.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

because that one guy says "i hate whitey" way better than the other guy.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

It'll be dead within 10 years, yet rock & roll lives on!

Dave Davis
Dave Davis

Christian Rap rules St. Louis This'l

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

so...can "got bitches in my escalade, 30 inch rims." be said "brighter" than someone else?

ABTN
ABTN

Nite Owl

Brian Mull
Brian Mull

Hey, I got an autotone, maybe I can give this crap a try.....

Shannon Hayden
Shannon Hayden

rap sucks.it do's not contribute one positive thing in society

GaryApplesauce
GaryApplesauce

Aside from Black Spade, Tef, & Rocky... this is some of the same old, tired ass, regurgitated hood rap.   Production has gone stale.  Lyrics about the same old shit.  If this the best STL has to offer, that's a shame. 

John Prophet
John Prophet

I think it's funny that the people who think rapping requires no talent at all haven't become millionaires yet. If it takes absolutely no talent, why not toss off a quick rhyme and win next year's VMAs? You could grind on Miley Cyrus without having any talent at all.

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

I cannot tell if this is something you feel strongly about or not. Need more exclamation points.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

who wants to rap? Who wants to listen to that garbage? Its all a damn joke. People are getting rich off of no talent turds making noise thats sounds like shit. The worst part of it all is that stupid morans buy and listen to it. Its like shitting on a plate in a restaurant and saying here you go. Eat this.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

rap is crap and for no talent turds that cant sing or play and instrument. Bottom line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Classless !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aurellius TheSaint
Aurellius TheSaint

Mad Respeck To All The Emcees & Rappers On Tha List / I Fux Wit All Of Em -#Honorable_Mentions

Lena Wheat
Lena Wheat

Aurellius TheSaint is the best from the 618/314 area..♥ ya!!

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

But only a select few do it well with enough consistency to listen to their material

msboyd2008
msboyd2008

Hmmmm.... I don't see Nato Caliph and Fallout from Illphonics....ijs!

msboyd2008
msboyd2008

Ummm.... What about Nato and Fallout from Illphonics?

jayking0071
jayking0071

Stevie Stone is good people...and he can kill it on a drumline.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

idk man. i did like the first one on the list...

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

btw i am exagerating for anyone who thinks that i'm being 100% serious. but i can't believe that no one from indyground made it.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

Congrats to the homies getting much deserved shine. Propers RFT for shedding light on our scene.

Joe Happy-Pork Chop Wood
Joe Happy-Pork Chop Wood

I've tried to relate to it but usually for the wrong reasons I cannot stand rap... gives me a headache makes me feel nervous for some reason... and besides that I can't relate to it... I can relate better to folk music country music blues music jazz music... which seems to have some kind of emotional quality and redeeming or sympathetic or soothing at least for me rap has none of that plus I cannot stand the culture... I have that through for rap singles in there and I like Tupac Shakur's later music other than that that's about it is articulating honest as I can be about.

Anna Felixidocious Ross
Anna Felixidocious Ross

Thank you for your insightful, articulate comment that adds to the conversation. I think we need more people like you in the world.

IndyGround Crew
IndyGround Crew

happy to see Tef and Rocky, Nick Menn, and the man B Magic, but where is Farout??? He travels as much as anyone from there except for Stevie, who's also fam, Show Me State got it!!

tmarkbiz
tmarkbiz

Not liking rap makes you racist? I guess not liking rice makes you racist too.... Or salsa....

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