Local hip hop collective, as well as record label, Doomtree have been combining beats and MCs for the last five years. Beginning with their False Hope EPs, which they burned themselves, they've released 15 False Hope discs. In addition to the collaborative EPs, several members including P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, and Cecil Otter have released solo albums.
They've also started an annual tradition - The Doomtree Blowout, and this year marks their fifth year of doing the show at First Avenue. Listen to their in-studio as the interview tables are turned, and they grill Mark Wheat before Doomtree Blowout V.
Songs performed: "The Wren" (Dessa and Sims), "Demon Girl" (Cecil Otter), and "Like You Mean It" (Sims).
- It's not all gloom for Doomtree Emerging from the shadow of the Twin Cities' dominant hip-hop crew, Rhymesayers Entertainment, is a collective called Doomtree. Members believe their potential for success lies in a group effort driven by a "do it yourself" ethic.
- Doomtree performs in studio Doomtree is a record label. Doomtree is a rap crew. Doomtree is a family. Over the past five years, Doomtree has become one of the most highly regarded hip-hop collectives in the Midwest, thanks to their innovative recordings, explosive live shows, and tireless work ethic.
- P.O.S. performs live from the Minnesota State Fair Local hip-hop powerhouse P.O.S. has been hard to pin down this summer as he's been performing around Europe and most recently about the U.S. with the Warped Tour.
- P.O.S. performs in the Current Studio P.O.S., the versatile, genre shattering, locally-based musician, otherwise known as Stef Alexander, is once again taking the hip-hop world by storm with his latest release, "Never Better."
- P.O.S performs in studio P.O.S performs "De La Souls," "Paul Kersey to Jack Kimball," and "P.O.S. Is Ruining My Life"
- Author and MC Local hip hop artist Dessa combines the dry wit of Dorothy Parker with the beat of Mos Def. Dessa speaks and sings of her family ties and the pressures of modern life.