Paper Tiger (hip hop producer)

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Paper Tiger
A DJ works with a soundboard before a large Doomtree logo, a crudely drawn crown that has been crossed out
Paper Tiger performing at Highline Ballroom in New York City in 2015
Background information
Birth name John Samels
Origin Minneapolis, MN, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2001–present
Labels Doomtree Records
Associated acts
Website www.doomtree.net/papertiger/

John Samels, better known by his stage name Paper Tiger, is a hip hop producer and DJ from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] He is a founding member of the indie hip hop collective Doomtree.[2]

History[edit]

Paper Tiger released the 7-inch vinyl single, Cloquet, in December 2009.[3]

His first solo album, Made Like Us, was released in July 2010.[4] It features vocal contributions from Dessa of Doomtree and Maggie Morrison of Digitata.[5] Chris Riemenschneider of Star Tribune described the album as "a moody, sometimes dark but also surprisingly elegant and cinematic collection, recalling DJ Shadow's best stuff."[6]

He released Summer EP in August 2012 and Beat Tape the next month.[7] Prefix premiered the track "Gold Pass"[8] and 89.3 The Current premiered a video for the track "The Fortunate Wayfarer."[9]

In 2016, Paper Tiger released In Other Words Part One in April and In Other Words Part Two in July, with each containing four songs. It features vocals from Dessa and Aby Wolf.[10]

Besides producing, Samels also works as a Designer / Art Director in Brooklyn, New York.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Made Like Us (2010)

EPs[edit]

  • False Hopes 11: Paper Tiger (2007)
  • Summer EP (2012)
  • Beat Tape (2012)
  • In Other Words Part One (2016)
  • In Other Words Part Two (2016)
  • In Other Words Part Three (2017)

Singles[edit]

  • Cloquet (2009)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Doomtree Standards Mixtape (2010)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #1: 80's Electro (2009)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #2: EPMD (2009)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #3: Random Stack (2010)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #4: New Jack Swing (2010)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #5: Ice Cube (2010)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #6: Cryphy-Dance (2010)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #7: TripHop (2010)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #8: Disco/Funk (2010)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #9: Prince (2011)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #10: Random Stack 2 (2011)
  • 20 Min. Mix. #11: Lazerbeak (2012)
  • 20 Min Mix. #12 Spring Fever (2013)
  • 20 Min Mix. #13 B.I.G. (2013)
  • 20 Min Mix. #14 De La Soul (2013)
  • 20 Min Mix. #15 Late Night Moves (2013)
  • 20 Min Mix. #16 Cold Winter (2014)

Productions[edit]

  • Dessa - "551" from False Hopes (2005)
  • Sims - "Dreamsleep" and "No Homeowners" from Lights Out Paris (2005)
  • P.O.S - "Low Light Low Life" from Never Better (2009)
  • Sims - "Pay No Mind Redo" from False Hopes XIV (2009)
  • Dessa - "The Chaconne," "Go Home," "The Bullpen," "Crew," and "Alibi" from A Badly Broken Code (2010)
  • Mike Mictlan - "Dwnsze" from Snaxxx (2012)
  • F.Stokes - Fearless Beauty (2013)
  • Dessa - "Warsaw", "Call Off Your Ghost", and "The Lamb" from Parts of Speech (2013)
  • F. Stokes - "Can't Call It" and "Summer Coldest" from Liquor Sto' Diaries (2014)
  • Sims - "A Bad Flying Bird", "Icarus", "Flash Paper", and "Gosper Island" from More Than Ever (2016)

Remixes[edit]

  • Poliça - "Chain My Name (Paper Tiger Remix)" (2013)
  • Astronautalis - "Dimitri Mendeleev (Paper Tiger remix)" (2014)
  • GAYNGS - "COLOGNE & WATER (PAPER TIGER REGRIND)" (2011)
  • Mike Mictlan - "Prizefight (Paper Tiger Remix)" (2009)
  • Sun Gods to Gamma Rays - "You Thought You Had It All (Paper Tiger Remix)" (2014)
  • J.Gundersen - "Balcony (Paper Tiger Remix)" (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyles, Jen (December 3, 2009). "Doomtree's Paper Tiger: The Interview (and free 80s mix!)". City Pages. 
  2. ^ Gage, Jeff (July 21, 2010). "Doomtree's Paper Tiger steps out with Made Like Us". City Pages. 
  3. ^ Swensson, Andrea (October 1, 2009). "Doomtree's Paper Tiger announces new release". City Pages. 
  4. ^ Keller, Josh (July 23, 2010). "Paper Tiger: Made Like Us Review". Reviler. 
  5. ^ Toeben, Joseph (September 4, 2010). "Paper Tiger - Made Like Us". Sputnikmusic. 
  6. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (July 22, 2010). "Portrait of a beatmaker". Star Tribune. 
  7. ^ Moody, Tarik (July 18, 2012). "Doomtree's Paper Tiger Set To Release New EP Called Summer, Listen To New Track". Radio Milwaukee. 
  8. ^ Padula, David (July 17, 2012). "Paper Tiger: "Gold Pass" (Prefix Premiere)". Prefix. 
  9. ^ Swensson, Andrea (August 14, 2012). "Premiere: New Paper Tiger video, 'The Fortunate Wayfarer'". 89.3 The Current. 
  10. ^ "Paper Tiger". Paper Tiger. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  11. ^ "About «  Desk2". desk-2.com. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 

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