|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
Doomtree is an American hip hop collective and record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The collective has seven members: Dessa, Cecil Otter, P.O.S, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, and Lazerbeak. 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." When Dessa was asked about the name, she said "Initially it was a proposed name for a Cecil and P.O.S. record. The name followed us when we all lived together in a big rundown house a few years ago. Whether it was the fault of architecture or some sort of cosmic wormhole, dead pigeons always showed up on our doorstep." The group was originally named "False Hopes" when it was just P.O.S and Cecil Otter, but after consideration, it was traded off to be the name of a series of releases (there are 15 total) by Doomtree members (such as Cecil Otter's or Doomtree's debut).
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. The beginning of the name began when P.O.S and Cecil Otter first envisioned Doomtree to be an in house production team. 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. Sims and Dessa were said to be the last to join the collective. After its final formation, members MK Larada, Turbo Nemesis, Tom Servo, and Bobby Gorgeous gradually drifted away from the group. MK Larada is responsible for Doomtree's famous "Wings and Teeth" logo.
In 2012, Time included Doomtree in the "11 Great Bands You Don't Know (But Should)" list. December 12, 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.
Officially, the CEO of the label is Dessa, but the label is run by the entire group, with outside help from friends such as Ander Other, Doomtree's "Intern/Merchant/Graphic Designer/Webmaster/Video Editor/Social Media Agent/Librarian."
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."
Honors and awards
The group has been honored with a star on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue, recognizing performers that have played sold-out shows or have otherwise demonstrated a major contribution to the culture at the iconic venue. P.O.S also has a star for his solo work. Receiving a star "might be the most prestigious public honor an artist can receive in Minneapolis," according to journalist Steve Marsh.
- 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
- Tom Servo: producer/DJ
- Beautiful Bobby Gorgeous: producer
|Doomtree||July 29, 2008||CD, vinyl, digital download|
|No Kings||November 22, 2011||CD, vinyl, digital download|
|All Hands||January 27, 2015||CD, vinyl, digital download|
EPs and mixtapes
|False Hopes||December 16, 2007||CD, digital download||12th False Hopes record and the first to feature all members of Doomtree (14 tracks)|
|False Hopes 13||December 9, 2008||CD||Accompanied by Doomtree Blowout DVD|
|FH:XV (False Hopes 15)||December 6, 2009||CD, digital download|
|Affiliyated||March 4, 2011||Digital download||Remix of Gayngs' Relayted|
|"Bangarang"||May 28, 2012||Digital download|
|".38 Airweight"||July 29, 2014||Digital download|
|"Spill Me Up"||June 13, 2016||Digital download|
|"Five Alive"||February 24, 2020||Digital download|
|Doomtree Blowout||December 9, 2008||DVD||Accompanied by False Hopes 13|
|Team the Best Team||December 11, 2012||DVD, digital download||Documentary film|
|Doomtree: Every Single Day||August 21, 2014||Book|
|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|
|Blowout 9||December 12, 2013||Triple Rock Social Club||All Ages|
|Blowout 9||December 13, 2013||First Avenue||21+|
|Blowout 9||December 14, 2013||First Avenue||18+|
|Blowout 9||December 15, 2013||First Avenue||18+|
|Blowout 10||December 6, 2014||Turf Club||21+|
|Blowout 10||December 7, 2014||Surly Doomtree Day||All Ages|
|Blowout 10||December 8, 2014||Icehouse||21+|
|Blowout 10||December 9, 2014||Triple Rock Social Club||All Ages|
|Blowout 10||December 10, 2014||Varsity Theater||18+|
|Blowout 10||December 11, 2014||First Avenue||18+|
|Blowout 10||December 12, 2014||First Avenue||18+|
|Blowout 10||December 13, 2014||First Avenue||21+|
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