On Saturday, June 15th, all of Saint Louis hip-hop will descend upon the Grove to rock the Atomic Cowboy with the best the city has to offer. In one place, all day from 2PM - 2AM, there will be a number of live performances from over 40 local artists in addition to the city's hottest DJs. From producer battles to freestyle competitions to artist showcases, SlumFest will have it all, as each year it represents a celebration of the Saint Louis scene and gives everyone a chance to have their material heard. Fans and first-time listeners can experience battle-tested veterans, rising new stars, and newcomers who are trying to make an impact within the region. This is a can't-miss event.
Crews are not a new concept, they are an institution of hip-hop that have been around nearly as long as the music itself. From TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) in the West coast to MMG (Maybach Music Group) in the East, crews are ubiquitous for a reason: they serve as a means for artists to come together to reap benefits based on a set of similarities, whether it be geographical location, style, or friendship. These benefits are vast; crews are safe havens where artists can freely express themselves to other individuals who are in the same situation, allowing an expansion of creativity in a supportive environment. They act as hype men at your concerts, give you free features and collaborate on projects, and they are group therapy for the struggle to get yourself heard. In this new blog series, I'll be highlighting several well-known crews from the Saint Louis area. First up this week is Doorway, the kings of East Saint Louis, and the light of hip-hop from the IL side.