Doomtree From The Roots Up
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

    • Posted by: Jason Greenspan

    Energetic, lyrically volatile, and damn talented, hip-hop super-collective Doomtree have been killing the scene for over a decade now. Each of its seven members is extremely unique, contributing their individual style and cooperatively producing aggressive, high-tech tracks that make your head spin.

    Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak, P.O.S., Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger and Sims all have successful solo projects, but when they join forces as Doomtree, the results are always supremely dope. Their most recent album was January's All Hands, a gritty, machine-gun collection of bangers bursting at the seems with raw production and intelligent lyricism. Their other releases include 2005's Down Below, 2007's False Hopes, 2008's Doomtree, and 2011's No Kings, all of them worth a listen for true hip-hop fans.

    This Minneapolis crew knows their strengths and how to use them. They have size; seven lyricists can produce infinitely more variety in a given song than a single rapper. And they each have dramatically individual style and flow; Dessa raps with sharp enunciation and speed while Cecil Otter is more rhythmic and relaxed. Their intelligence shines through in every track as they fire off lines ranging from complex biblical references to nerdy video game name drops. There's just so much going on that it's virtually impossible to get bored.

    Even their live performances manage to stand out. Producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger reproduce the beats live using two Native Instruments Maschine drum machines as the rest of the crew spits fire with alarming accuracy. They command the stage and induce wild states of bouncing and screaming in the audience.

    If you want to experience this electric group for yourself, don't miss the Baeble Music Day Party on Fri. March 20th in Austin, TX. We'll be featuring Doomtree along with a number of other amazing artists. But until then, check out these awesome vids of the crew ripping it up!

    Throwback to their 2012 record No Kings...

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