Now Hear This: More from the Ten St. Louis Bands That Should Be Famous

December 15, 2013 by Cory Rose

Now Hear This: More from the Ten St. Louis Bands That Should Be Famous Nice print article from the Riverfront Times saying Doorway should be famous now!

By RFT Music Allison Babka: 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 and Doorway has a deep, versatile song list that suits its energetic live shows well.

The beginning: A group of friends and I started Doorway back in 8th Grade at Grant Middle School in Fairview Heights. That's when I came up with Whiteout, that's when L-Gifted came up with his name, and SD was still SD (He wasn't with Doorway yet; he was still with his group Aifam). Doorway has had a lot of members over the years throughout high school and years following. In 2010, Doorway was formed into what it is now. We linked up with RT-FaQ and a few other key players over the years, and now heading into 2014 we've never been stronger.-- Nick Menn

What everyone should know about music from St. Louis: Definitely want to let all the outsiders know that there are artists of all kinds here. Not all of them are going for those "radio songs" and don't all meet the stereotype that we all sound like the rappers that were known on a national level in the past. -- RT-FaQ

All-time favorite local band: Parlor Knights. Over the past three years or so, Doorway and Parlor Knights have thrown some amazing shows together; it takes our music to the next level. They are also dope as their own entity; their music has gotten me through a lot of bullshit and has been faithfully in my rotation when I'm looking to hear something other rap music. -- Nick Menn

Guilty pleasure: Never thought in a million years that I would be singing Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" at the top of my lungs with my eyes closed so tight that a year pops out, but it happened two days ago. -- RT-FaQ

Classic MTV-era music video they'd redo: I would love to re-create "The Real Slim Shady" video! It is such an iconic song/video from my grade school days, back when I was one of those kids bleaching my hair. -- L-Gifted

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