Ten St. Louis Acts That Deserve To Be Famous Now

DOORWAY

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Rappers sometimes are known for waging lyrical (or worse) war on each other. Not so with Doorway: These guys have made it clear that collaboration and positivity are the keys to good tunes. A collective of individually talented artists, Doorway takes advantage of its killer songwriting chops to explore relationships, social issues, cautionary tales and more with hooks that are a little bit throwback, a little bit street and a whole lot of jam. Throw in partnerships with local titans Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe (see next page), and Doorway has a deep, versatile song list that suits its energetic live shows well.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doorway
http://www.doorway.us


PRETTY LITTLE EMPIRE

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How has Pretty Little Empire escaped soundtracking a cell-phone service commercial thus far? Beats us, but we can't help but feel that it's inevitable. Those harmonious vocals. Those plucky guitars. That urgent bass. Those snappy drums. That damn emotional songwriting that makes you want to scream your love for someone -- anyone! Hell, we'll even consider chatting to a Cubs fan on OkCupid if Justin Johnson sings his permission. With more songs than ever before -- and more live shows on the docket -- this might be the year that those advertising geniuses on the coast finally take note of Pretty Little Empire's versatility and persuasiveness.

https://www.facebook.com/PrettyLittleEmpire
http://www.PrettyLittleEmpire.com


TEF POE

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We debated including Tef Poe (an RFT Music columnist) on this list, because he's already had quite a bit of success. But despite a long winning streak on BET's 106 & Park Freestyle Friday and inclusion in national magazine features galore, this larger-than-life rapper deserves to be...well, even larger. He's a shit-stirrer in the best way, calling out those who divide St. Louis' hip-hop community rather than strengthen it, and he's shared a stage with some of the industry's biggest names, including Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco and the one and only Rakim. But what there's no denying that Tef Poe's two biggest draws are his lyrics and his intensity. Hit up one of his shows and be prepared for thoughtful, passionate verses accompanied by nonstop action and fierce conviction.

https://www.facebook.com/TefPoe
http://www.tefpoe.com

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114 comments
Jack Asbridge
Jack Asbridge

Maybe the best rock band 3 years running. Kentucky knife fight

Michael Bell
Michael Bell

I think it's stupid you picked acts that aren't together anymore

Raija Mitchell
Raija Mitchell

You need to add Rhyme Royals to that list!!! Erik Bothazy David Sketch Barnes Veeno Gunna They are the best in STL!!!!

MiMi Brown
MiMi Brown

No one in this city puts on a better live hip hop show than Nite Owl.

scott19674
scott19674

Tef Poe is also the top hack writer at pointing out racist arches in rust-belt cities.

Cassie Bart
Cassie Bart

Clint & Co, Leslie Craig and The Hellbenders, Trixie Delight...

Billy Casagrand
Billy Casagrand

STL may have the talent but we dont have the insiders to really take anyone to the next level

Jesse Drissell
Jesse Drissell

Because the people selecting music for commercials and soundtracks are in NY or LA.

Ricky Sherman
Ricky Sherman

I would definitely agree that Bruiser Queen should be on that list!

Christ Opher Albert
Christ Opher Albert

Foxing, White Fire, Heavy Horse, Fister. So many good ones these days.

Mark Baxter
Mark Baxter

Bottle Rockets , Metropolis (back in the day).

Steve Horak
Steve Horak

No body can take the time anymore to recognize real talent

Trevor Jones
Trevor Jones

Need some good miusic in your life?? You NEED to check out Unifyah! a 9 piece rock/reggae/funk/hip hop/ dub style group straight outta STL!!

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