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EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar in sound and content to fellow Minneapolis crew Rhymesayers, Doomtree is a hip-hop collective that goes out of its way to be different, taking a unique sonic approach that owes as much to punk and indie rock as traditional boom-bap rap. Live instrumentation, unorthodox time signatures, spazzy sound effects, and overtly personal lyricism are the order of the day, served up by seven core members (P.O.S., Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, Sims, Dessa, Paper Tiger, and Mictlan), several of whom also have successful solo careers. No Kings is Doomtree's third group album (following False Hopes and Doomtree), and it's arguably the best yet, sporting a dozen tracks that let each member shine. Ideal for fans of Atmosphere, Sage Francis, and the old anticon gang, this is definitely a little too esoteric for many mainstream rap heads, but it's relentlessly compelling if you can get into it. Check out "Fresh New Trash," "Team the Best Team," "Bolt Cutter," and the MC Chris–esque "The Grand Experiment."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar in sound and content to fellow Minneapolis crew Rhymesayers, Doomtree is a hip-hop collective that goes out of its way to be different, taking a unique sonic approach that owes as much to punk and indie rock as traditional boom-bap rap. Live instrumentation, unorthodox time signatures, spazzy sound effects, and overtly personal lyricism are the order of the day, served up by seven core members (P.O.S., Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, Sims, Dessa, Paper Tiger, and Mictlan), several of whom also have successful solo careers. No Kings is Doomtree's third group album (following False Hopes and Doomtree), and it's arguably the best yet, sporting a dozen tracks that let each member shine. Ideal for fans of Atmosphere, Sage Francis, and the old anticon gang, this is definitely a little too esoteric for many mainstream rap heads, but it's relentlessly compelling if you can get into it. Check out "Fresh New Trash," "Team the Best Team," "Bolt Cutter," and the MC Chris–esque "The Grand Experiment."

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About Doomtree

Hailing from the Minneapolis half of Minnesota's Twin Cities region, hip-hop collective Doomtree spin their MCs' eclectic influences into a highly literate brand of Midwestern rap. Forming gradually as like-minded artists came together, the group consists of rappers P.O.S., Cecil Otter, Dessa, Sims, and Mike Mictlan, along with producers Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak. While the individual members have been putting out albums on their own, Doomtree's self-titled debut was released in 2008 on the collective's eponymous label. The group continued to stay active with its False Hopes series of recordings, and its second official album, No Kings, arrived in 2011. ~ Gregory Heaney

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