Doomtree is a well-known hip-hop collective based in Minneapolis, containing a variety of rappers and musicians. The crew/label are all loosely related in their impeccable production values and attention to innovative raps, but never before have they come together for an ambitious project combining their talents into one smoothly woven tapestry of sound. In many ways No Kings
feels like David's answer to Goliath's Watch The Throne
: a bunch of free folk plotting against the self-proclaimed royalty of rap, loyal to no one but their art. In true Doomtree style, the lyricism is tight and elastic, the punchlines are snappy, and the beats are inflated without feeling too heavy, lean without feeling too sparse.