Doomtree performing at First Avenue in 2010 (left to right: Cecil Otter, P.O.S, Mike Mictlan, Dessa, and Sims)
|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Associated acts||Gayngs, I Self Devine, Crescent Moon, Joe Mabbott, Mr. Gene Poole|
|Past members||MK Larada
Doomtree is an indie hip hop collective based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The collective has seven members, rappers P.O.S, Dessa, Cecil Otter, Sims, and Mike Mictlan; and producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger. The collective is known for incorporating a wide range of musical influences into their work with lyrical complexity and wordplay, and their annual "Doomtree Blowout" events held in Minneapolis venues to showcase their group performances and the Twin Cities music scene.
The name "Doomtree" is a made-up word that doesn't have a meaning, according to P.O.S, who says that it has come to represent "my people and my life's work so far." Members of Doomtree have described the group's formation as a gradual process. The initial lineup saw P.O.S and MK Larada, friends from high school, making songs with other local artists such as Cecil Otter and Beautiful Bobby Gorgeous. Soon enough Sims and Lazerbeak, fellow Hopkins High School alumni, followed. Mike Mictlan, having also attended high school with P.O.S, became an official member when he moved back to Minneapolis from Los Angeles. Dessa joined after having a chance encounter with P.O.S, who was living down the street from her at the time along with Sims, Turbo Nemesis and MK Larada.
Time magazine listed the crew as one of "11 Great Bands You Don’t Know (But Should)" in 2012. 14 December 2012 was proclaimed by Mayor R. T. Rybak as "Doomtree Day in the city of Minneapolis" in conjunction with the opening night of the Doomtree Blowout 8 show at First Avenue.
While P.O.S and Cecil Otter have released solo albums on other record labels (Rhymesayers Entertainment and Strange Famous Records, respectively), each of the group albums and the majority of the collective's solo work are released on their own label, Doomtree Records.
As a group, Doomtree's sound reflects being a collective of many members with unique individual musical influences. Officially classified as hip-hop, the influences of jazz, punk rock, blues, rock, and soul can be detected throughout their music. Doomtree is known for having "tangled, multihued and pointedly intellectualized lyrics" with "cerebral rhymes and moody beats."
- Dessa: rapper
- Cecil Otter: rapper/producer
- P.O.S: rapper/producer
- Sims: rapper
- Mike Mictlan: rapper
- Paper Tiger: producer/DJ
- Lazerbeak: producer
- MK Larada: producer
- Turbo Nemesis: producer/DJ
|December 16, 2007||False Hopes||CD, digital download|
|July 29, 2008||Doomtree||CD, vinyl, digital download||1st official album|
|December 9, 2008||Doomtree Blowout / False Hopes 13||DVD & CD|
|December 6, 2009||FH:XV (False Hopes 15)||CD, digital download|
|June 26, 2010||Doomtree Standards Mixtape||CD, digital download||Mixed by Paper Tiger|
|March 4, 2011||Affiliyated||Digital download||Regrind album for Gayngs|
|November 22, 2011||No Kings||CD, vinyl, digital download||2nd official album|
|May 28, 2012||"Bangarang"||Digital download||Single|
|December 11, 2012||Team the Best Team||DVD||Documentary film|
|Blowout 1||December 10, 2005||Varsity Theater|
|Blowout 2||December 2, 2006||First Avenue|
|Blowout 2 Jr.||December 16, 2006||Triple Rock Social Club||"Under 21" show|
|Blowout 3||December 14, 2007||First Avenue|
|Blowout 4||December 6, 2008||First Avenue|
|Blowout 5||December 5, 2009||First Avenue|
|Blowout 6||December 10, 2010||First Avenue|
|Blowout 6||December 11, 2010||First Avenue|
|Blowout 7||December 4, 2011||First Avenue||Curated by Sims|
|Blowout 7||December 5, 2011||First Avenue||Curated by Mike Mictlan|
|Blowout 7||December 6, 2011||First Avenue||Curated by Dessa|
|Blowout 7||December 7, 2011||First Avenue||Curated by P.O.S|
|Blowout 7||December 8, 2011||First Avenue||Curated by Cecil Otter|
|Blowout 7||December 9, 2011||First Avenue|
|Blowout 7||December 10, 2011||First Avenue|
|Blowout 8||December 14, 2012||First Avenue|
|Blowout 8||December 15, 2012||First Avenue|
|Blowout 8||December 16, 2012||First Avenue|
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