The Ill3 grabs Doomtree super producer Lazerbeak for the latest installment of their Iluminous Free series.
Lazer also reveals P.O.S. is wrapping up his next album and Mike Mictlan is currently working on his next solo project.
More info at Illuminous3.com.
Dessa rapping > Dessa singing. This is off her A Badly Broken Code album out now.
Directed by Isaac Gale.
Dessa is headed out on tour. Full list of dates below.
To create the Gayngs’ Regrind EP all of the stems from the bands debut album, Relayted, were arbitrarily named and compiled into a list … [A] collection of producers and musicians … were then instructed to choose only 10, without knowing what songs they came from or what instruments they contained. One could choose anything from four sax solos and six bass lines, to eight keyboards and two background vocals. The combinations that could be chosen were indefinite…the only certainty was that the parts would all be set to the tempo of 69 beats per minute.
From there, the re-grinders were free to chop, pitch-shift, and otherwise pulverize the stems into a new, cohesive song. The only rule was that they must use all 10 stems they were given, and that the tempo must remain at GAYNGS’ standard 69 bpm.
01 Fight, Fuck, Fall Asleep (Sims: vox Cecil Otter: regrind)
02 Coercion Van (MK Larada: regrind)
03 Cologne & Water (Paper Tiger: regrind)
04 Draper Drunk (Mike Mictlan: vox, The Chocolate Ox: keys, Plain ole Bill: regrind)
05 No Scrubs (P.O.S: vox, regrind)
06 Sprinkle Juice (Lazerbeak: regrind)
07 Sand In The Lotion (Cecil Otter: regrind)
Dir. by Isaac Gale and Dave Jensen
Edited and colored by JoLynn Garnes
From the forthcoming Sims album “Bad Time Zoo,” produced entirely by Lazerbeak, available February 15th on Doomtree Records. 12 inch single available now on Doomtree Records.
DOPE! By far one of my most anticipated releases of 2011.
The Doomtree spitter drops a real gem off his upcoming album Bad Time Zoo. Lazerbeak really got creative with the production on this one. Can’t wait to see what the full album will have to offer.
Head over to Doomtree.net to grab a 12″ copy of the single on vinyl that includes some bonus detailed below.
The vinyl package includes a download card for all tracks plus the brand new “Burn It Down” music video directed by Isaac Gale. “Burn It Down” is the first single from Bad Time Zoo. “Introduce Myself” and “My Go” featuring Slug are released here or the first time.
1. Burn It Down
2. Burn It Down Instrumental
3. Burn It Down 2% Muck Remix
4. My Go feat. Slug
5. Introduce Myself
6. My Go Instrumental
7. Introduce Myself Instrumental
Doomtree rhyme spitter Sims drops a new one over some Lazerbeak production that originally appeared on False Hopes XV. I need some new Doomtree in my life ASAP. Can’t wait to see them rock it at Soundset. Throw your wings up!
spotted at 2dopeboyz.
I’ve seen this on a Doomtree Blowout DVD but this is the first time I have seen it on the net. Off P.O.S.’s second studio album titled Audition.
spotted at Midwest Broadcast.
Some visuals for the lead single off Dessa’s new album A Badly Broken Code – which might I add sounds amazing. I listened through it quite a few times this week and have concluded she with out a doubt shits on every other female rapper in the game right now. Yup. Doomtree.
This isn’t the best track on the album but dope nevertheless. Video is slick – I recall Dessa nervously tweeting the day of the video shoot.
Paper Tiger – EPMD 20 MIX (Right Click + Save As)
Here is the next installment of the ongoing 20 MIX tradition.
This time around I decided to go with a dedication to EPMD. It’s 20 min of some of the classics by Erick and Parrish.
Keep checking back I will be doing these as often as possible.
Round two from Doomtree producer Paper Tiger. If you don’t know much about the classic hip-hop duo EPMD. Get your education on with this mix.
YOU GOTS TO CHILL.
In case you missed the last mix – check it here.
Preorder Dessa’s new full-length album, A Badly Broken Code, to get a signed copy of the disc delivered by January 19. Fans who pre-order will also get exclusive access to a live broadcast of Dessa’s rehearsal for her CD release show. You’ll be able to preview music from the album, listen to singers interpret the songs, and even send in your questions to Dessa and the other musicians.
A Badly Broken Code is the long-awaited full-length album from Dessa. The disc features production from Paper Tiger, Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, MK Larada, and Big Jess. The fifteen songs emphasize Dessa’s wingspan as a singer, rapper, and lyricist—the tracks range from melancholy a cappella arrangements to vintage torch songs to infectious rap cuts.
With Dessa’s album on the way – it drops Jan. 19th, we get a first glimpse at what the project will sound like. I’m a way bigger Dessa fan when she is just rapping. Just saying. The production for the album looks to be Doomtree heavy – can’t complain about that!
Pre-order A Badly Broken Code right now over at Doomtree.net.
MWB with the linkage.
I checked out the Doomtree Blowout V last night and boy was it a fucking blast. Sold out crowd where everyone knew the words. Amazing stuff! Had goosebumps the whole show.
They premiered this new video from Mike Mictlan last night and it looks pretty good. Long overdue as it’s from his album Hand Over Fist he did with Lazerbeak. Still glad to see the final product.
Also a pretty incredible idea over at Doomtree.net/PrizeFight – you can sync up the video with 4 different remixes from Paper Tiger, Digitata, Medium Zach & Mux Mool and one with Julian Fairbanks on the way. You can download all 4 of them in a .Zip file below.
DOOMTREE THROW YA WINGS UP.
Director: Greg Hubacek
Co-Director: Victor Rukavina,
Motion Graphics: David Schwen
Producer/Director of Photography: Jake Gardner,
Key Grip: Andrew Melby
Concept: Sean Monohan
Type Design: Izaak Berenson-Allan
Wardrobe: Vs. Social Standard
I love seeing P.O.S. get some recognition like this. Dude truly deserves it. P.O.S. performing the track “Optimist” of his album Never Better live at this years Woodie Awards! Naturally, P.O.S. is up for an award for best performer. No doubt in my mind that he is.
Also – P.O.S. is up for rapper of the of the year over at Spin Magazine. Help out and drop him a vote!
Some visuals for the Dessa track titled “Poor Atlas.” Based off the set I saw from her last night at the Doomtree Blowout. I think this might be off her upcoming album dropping in January. Not 100% sure though.
Well watching the video will answer all your questions regarding the upcoming Doomtree album False Hopes 15. I’m excited for this one – the first leak which can be heard in the video is dope enough as it is. 7 more tracks on top of the Doomtree Blowout on December 5th. Throw ya wings up!
Also it looks like in house producer Paper Tiger will be throwing some mixes at us in his spare time. The first time around he goes 80s electro. It seems there will be many more mixes on the way. Dope!
Ok, So i am starting a new tradition here at doomtree.net.
Its called the 20 MIN MIX, It is going to be a series of quick mixtapes that
i will be posting whenever I get a chance to make a new one.
20 Minutes, nothing fancy, its just whatever I am in the mood for at a given time, sort of thing. The first installment is 80’s Electro. Back in the day breakdancin’ stuff, with a few notable jams, and a few things you probably have never heard. Hope you like it.
Nothing doper than a new track from the best posse in the Midwest. With production from Lazerbeak and verses from Sims and P.O.S. this is one of 8 tracks on the upcoming False Hopes 15. The album drops December 6th physically and online – or get it a day earlier at the Doomtree blowout – flyer above. Hopefully I will be in attendance!
Egypto Knuckles of the Background Noise Crew hit me with the other day – finally got some time to blog so I’m definitley throwing this one up. Analyrical of the BNC has a new album on the way titled First Date set to drop Dec. 15th.
Big shouts to the whole BNC. Nicest guys I’m tellin you!
Shouts to Mike over at Midwest Broadcast for uploading a link.
This makes my day! Check out the artwork from Doomtree’s False Hopes Fifteen which will be dropping on December 6th. The 8-track long project features work from all your favorite Doomtree characters – P.O.S., Dessa, Paper Tigers, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter and Lazerbeak. I will hopefully be picking up my copy at the Doomtree Blowout on December 5th at First Avenue.
Good stuff! Shout out to the whole Doomtree crew!
It’s a big winter for Doomtree Records, let’s do a quick recap: The Blowout is looming on the horizon: December 5th, First Ave, 18+. FH XV is in the bag. Paper Tiger’s 7-inch, called Cloquet, is ready to go and will be available at the Blowout. Dessa’s Record, called A Badly Broken Code, is slated for a January release–details to follow.
Mr. Peter Parker interviews Doomtree (Sims, Dessa, Mike Mictlan and Lazerbeak) live in studio. Dont miss the HOMEGROWN SHOWCASE 10/7/09 live at fineline music cafe only 5 dollars Or listen live at b96hiphop.com.
Part of the Doomtree crew stops through the B96 Studios to promote their upcoming show at the Fine Line. Dope to see these guys on the radio – and I guess their show will be broadcast live on the air? What? Sounds so dope.
Freestyles below – and Dessa talks being a female MC in the game.
Shouts to Peter Parker, Zeke and DJ CJ.
Latest video from Chicago rapper F. Stokes – the track titled “Jeremiah” is from F. Stokes latest EP titled Death of a Handsome Bride which features exlusive prodcution from Doomtree producer Lazerbeak.
spotted at MWB.
Here it is – my very first interview. Quite a bit has happened to me over the last year. Pwelbs.com has gotten a much bigger response than I ever could have imagined. It was serious reality check when I found myself in a taxi on the way to my very first interview. I was truly honored and excited to be interviewing Minneapolis rapper P.O.S of Rhymesayers Entertainment and the legendary Doomtree crew. I would be lying if I said P.O.S hasn’t dominated my ears over the last few months with the release of his third album Never Better back in early February. P.O.S has also had a pretty incredible last 12 months with an extensive amount of touring, a Doomtree record and his own record which received a tremendous amount of positive reviews. He also received extensive amounts of press from his performance at this year’s SXSW including being named Spin Magazine’s “Artists to Watch.” Ah hell he was even titled “Best Local Band Made Good” by Twin Cities magazine City Pages.
So here I am waiting outside the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Illinois. The train is literally right above the door of the venue. I sit here waiting, going deaf about every 5 minutes as the train flies overhead. Anyone in Chicago knows that when the “El” goes over your head it’s the sound of a jet engine. I’m supposed to meet him outside the venue around 5PM. After a slight bit of phone confusion and receiving a phone call from P.O.S himself I learn that he is about 30 minutes away. No surprise to me, I understand the drive from Minneapolis to Chicago as I’ve made the drive a handful of times now. How long it takes is about as inconsistent as the quality of Eminem’s albums.
A car pulls up with Minnesota license plates; this is a very good sign. P.O.S gets out and quickly runs inside to check in. As he strolls out I go up and introduce myself. We chat a little bit and I let him attend to his business of getting his equipment inside. Shortly after he walks out and is ready for the interview. We chat it up a bit, he asks if I got a ticket to the sold-out show. Unfortunately, I have no ticket. The problem is quickly resolved as he graciously puts me on the guest list.
We stroll around the corner and down the street to escape the train. I find the next few moments to almost be like a dream. We both spot what seems to be a wing of a bird, still bloody, lying on the ground torn from a body that is nowhere to be found. A couple feet further another wing lies on the pavement. P.O.S obviously snaps a picture. This may seem strange and all, but if you follow the Doomtree crew at all you will soon realize the bird-wings logo is a key part of the group’s logo. I mean who hasn’t thrown up their Doomtree bird wings up at one of their shows.
We then turn the corner and record the following interview, which is below. After the interview we pop into the concert venue and I watch P.O.S completely rock a crowd of indie rock kids. After his set the crowd looked like they just stuck a paperclip into an electrical socket, but in a good way. I must give props to the loud and proud group of P.O.S fans, including myself, that pumped our hands in the air for the entire set and spitting every line. This guy is a true performer and as he left the stage I heard the loudest round of applause I heard all night. So there you have it. I want to give a big thanks to P.O.S for giving his time for the interview. It was much appreciated but enough out of me. Let’s get to what P.O.S has to say.
Pwelbs: Your opening for Cursive tonight, what I like about an act like yourself is that you can play punk rock shows and hip hop shows. Do you play a rock show any differently than you do a hip hop show?
P.O.S: As far as playing a rock show differently than a hip hop show, I don’t think it’s that much different. I feel like the only difference is, at a rock show maybe half the crowd won’t know who I am or what I’m about. Which is cool it just makes it so that the first few songs I’m doing more introductory things. But right after the first three or four I kind of do it like I always do it. Usually goes off pretty well. Its fun man, we are doing three shows [with Cursive], this is our third show with them, the last of the three. But it’s really fun, reminds me a lot of the Minus The Bear tour I went on, just because it’s a good diverse crowd.
Pwelbs: What are you thoughts on how the Internet, Twitter and blogs have taken over hip hop?
P.O.S: It’s taken over everything! Not just hip-hop. Blogs, Twitter, Internet as long as people check there downloading, I don’t really care if people download my stuff, as long as they show support by coming to a show, buying a shirt, maybe buying the CD after they have stolen it later. [Laughs] If they liked it, ya know pick it up. I don’t care man, I’m not big enough to where people downloading my records is really going to hurt me that much. But I’m not small enough were it necessarily helps me unless people also show some support. But I mean I do it too, on occasion, I think last month I stole two records off the internet and downloaded maybe 4 or 5 songs legally off iTunes. Anyhow it’s all stuff I’ve never – like when ever I’m going to download a full record or something or someone sends me a link – just this last time I got a Paul McCartney record that I had never heard, I never even thought about, I checked it out, it’s been out since 1971, so I wasn’t really tripping to hard. The other one was a band I wasn’t to sure if I was going to like – and I didn’t. [Laughs] So I’m glad I didn’t buy it. I feel like it’s a good option for people to have. People just have to keep check of it.
Pwelbs: Do you feel like your listenership has gone way up because of Blogs, etc?
P.O.S: I don’t know [laughs] I feel like my listenership has gone up with every record. Know what I’m saying? But I don’t know it’s probably also helped to have blogs and stuff like that – that’s usually what’s supposed to happen. With every record you’re supposed to grow a little bit.
Pwelbs: Alright, so I’m a communications student and I work at college radio. What do you think about the state of radio?
P.O.S: I like college radio. I haven’t listened to a mainstream radio station for longer than like 4 or 5 minutes in year and years and years probably.
Pwelbs: I had to do a project for radio class and I listened to B96 in Minnesota and Chicago and I couldn’t even tell the difference.
P.O.S: Ya – yeah can’t. You really can’t tell the difference.
Pwelbs: Peter Parker is doing his thing.
P.O.S: I like Peter Parker – he’s got a good hustle. Because he does put on local artists a lot and because he does his own, aside from radio, he’s got mix tapes and stuff like that. He keeps his credibility and he doesn’t just stick to the Top 40.
Pwelbs: As far as Never Better’s packaging and artwork, how did that come together?
P.O.S: Well, I knew I had a budget for the record and my plan was to make something that was cool enough to get. My favorite records are the ones where – ya know – my favorite records growing up – one ever you opened it up the book was huge or it comes with a bunch of stickers or it comes with something. I just wanted to kind of have something like – that since I had a budget I wanted to do something like that. The record is about doing things yourself and doing something for you. I wanted to make something that was hands-on and that was the best thing that we came up with.
Pwelbs: I think now days it’s definitely an incentive to actually buy the album – it’s nice to have that extra thing.
P.O.S: I feel it’s important, if people are going to buy it anyway it’s just one more thing to push it over if the art is really cool.
Pwelbs: I’ve been listening to the new Big Quarters album and one of the opening lines in their single “Barter System” Medium Zach states “Stef Let me trade beats for studio time” and you actually appear in the music video. What’s the story behind that?
P.O.S: Ah man way back in the day back before Big Quarters was called Big Quarters – when they were still called EPO. Yah know, when Doomtree was still a little baby that was it. I was the only guy in the neighborhood that had ProTools and he (Medium Zach of Big Quarters) was the only guy that had any extra beats – I don’t make beats very fast, I make lots of beats, but I don’t make them fast so in order to have lots of beats (he was the guy.) We have had a good relationship, I like Medium Zach and I like Brandon and I always have. There only getting better and better – as far as Minneapolis hip hop goes – there in my Top 5.
Pwelbs: So you like the new album?
P.O.S: Yeah I love the new album – I love it. I actually have been twittering about it a lot. [Laughs]
Pwelbs: So you have been touring pretty much the last few months?
P.O.S: Yeah since February.
Pwelbs: Have you stumbled across any shows then?
P.O.S: I stumbled across a Mastodon show – we had a day off the same day they played. So we got on the list – and dude – it was awesome. That was my third time seeing them it was great.
Pwelbs: Which song do you wish you had written or produced?
P.O.S: Any song in the world? Oh man! There are lots of songs. There are a lot of lines more than actual full songs that I wish I had [written.] I’ll say “Monkberry Moon Delight” [laughter] by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney. I wish I wrote and performed that. I wish that was my jam and it came out right now and that I was a millionaire off it. I love that song – I don’t know if you’ve heard it – it’s so good. [Laughter]
Pwelbs: When did you know hip-hop could be your job?
P.O.S: Honestly that took me a little longer – I knew that music could be my job in the 4th or 5th grade. That’s when I started to work toward making that true. When I realized hip hop could be my job was probably not until 10th and 11th grade when I realized there were local crews doing it like Rhymesayers and stuff like that. I didn’t realize – I knew Atmosphere and I knew Rhymesayers – I didn’t know they were seriously literally a couple miles away. So yeah around the middle of high school right around then.
Pwelbs: So you do a lot of interviews during the year – is there anything you wished people asked you more.
P.O.S: I wish – well I don’t know that I do, but I wish – well I like when people ask about the songs, when people clearly know what I’m about because a lot of times – like you know what’s up – but a lot of people are like “So, you like punk rock? Ah that’s cool!” But you know a lot of times people ask questions that they could of figured out if they had just looked at my bio. Ya know?
Pwelbs: Well that’s all I got. I appreciate it. Thanks again.
P.O.S: Sweet, no problem.
Fin. Shouts to P.O.S – see you at Soundset.
To hear the audio for this interview tune into Bad Service with DJ Pwelbs, this Sunday night May 15th on Radio DePaul from 8-10PM.