Doomtree, Toki Wright | Bottom Lounge | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Doomtree, Toki Wright 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Feb. 23, 9 p.m. 2012

In the past couple years, hip-hop has been overtaken by lush, maximalist soundscapes a la Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and not even Minneapolis aggro-rap collective Doomtree has been able to resist. For most of the group's history, its five MCs—P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, and Mike Mictlan—have commanded the spotlight, but on Doomtree's third full-length, last year's No Kings (Doomtree), producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger steal the show. By draping their sparse, pummeling boom-bap beats in plush synth melodies that sometimes evoke the cold futurism of the best 80s sci-fi soundtracks, they give the songs plenty of pop hooks—sharpening Doomtree's teeth and making 'em shine. After tonight's show (and in the same venue) Doomtree hosts an afterparty headlined by the Cecil Otter side project Wugazi. What started in 2010 as a Dangermouse-style tribute to two beloved 90s acts (Fugazi and the Wu-Tang Clan) has since grown into a project with a full-length album, last summer's 13 Chambers, whose popularity got rock critics excited about mashups for the first time since Girl Talk's pop kaleidoscope hit it big. —Leor Galil Doomtree headlines; Toki Wright opens. At the afterparty, Wugazi headlines and the Hood Internet opens.

Price: $10

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