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Doomtree: No KingsNo Kings (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: Dante3000Dante3000
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Doomtree, the Minneapolis rap crew/label, is celebrating 10 years with the release of No Kings which is either their second, third or fourth full-length as a crew, depending on who you ask (and depending on how much you believe the rumor that Doomtree recorded one that will never be released). Howev.
Doomtree, the Minneapolis rap crew/label, is celebrating 10 years with the release of No Kings which is either their second, third or fourth full-length as a crew, depending on who you ask (and depending on how much you believe the rumor that Doomtree recorded one that will never be released). However, even with a seemingly limitless talent pool, many of Doomtree’s crew albums have felt like less than the sum of their parts. That isn’t to say they haven’t been good. Portions have been great but with a crew that is fully capable of releasing great albums on their own (as witnessed by P.O.S.’s Never Better, Dessa’s A Badly Broken Code and more recently with Sims’ Bad Time Zoo), the crew albums felt like little more than getting everyone in a single place and compiling the results into an album. Doomtree’s first official, self-titled full-length had sparks of brilliance but tipped the attention scale at 21 tracks. Their last release, the frustratingly great False Hopes XV EP, lacked solid unity, featuring a single whole crew track and solo tracks by P.O.S., Dessa, Mike Mictlan and Cecil Otter over eight songs. With No Kings Doomtree takes all the progress they’ve made individually and as a crew and crafts it together in a single, unified message. It’s the most cohesive and impressive piece the crew has put out and it shows what 10 years in the game has earned them.
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