Doomtree is a wild-style hip-hop collective from the rhyme-tundra of Minneapolis. With five emcees (P.O.S., Sims, Dessa, Mike Micilian, Cecil Otter), two DJs (Lazerbeak, Papertiger) and solo projects running the gamut of hip-hop mixtapes, spoken word poetry, creative fiction, visual art, punk bands and individual releases from each member, when Doomtree takes root, listen.
Touring as a collective on the edge of 2011’s album No Kings (as well as the punkified Wugazi 13 Chambers mixtape), Doomtree is out to defy and decry the fact that, as the group’s lyrics say, “All these rappers sound the same/beats all sound the same/raps all sound the same,” and it’s refreshing to hear truly photosynthetic music correspond to the group’s protest. Tracks like “Bolt Cutter” and “No Way” clang like Aesop’s Fables escaping from an electric zoo, while “Beacon” kicks full, free-floating beats in perfect arrangement.
Doomtree smashes the acerbic profundity of Deep Puddle Dynamics with the fast-jangle snarkiness of The Replacements. This is music that fans flames and fosters growth. Take what you will, these branches don’t break.
Doomtree plays 9 pm Sunday, Jan. 29, at WOW Hall; $12 adv., $14 door.