Doomtree | Bottom Lounge | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Fri., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $12
It's a good time to be in a sprawling, prolific hip-hop group a la the Wu-Tang Clan. Much of the credit for this goes to LA's Odd Future crew, whose predilection for next-level beats and controversially droogy lyrics has earned them a considerable number of column inches recently. A more responsible alternative is the long-running Minneapolis-based Doomtree squad, made up of seven artists with distinctive voices who are linked as much by a willingness to challenge hip-hop conventions as they are by their apparent shared taste for darkness and drama. Among them: P.O.S, who incorporates both the positive-thinking philosophies of old-school hardcore and occasionally its guitar crunch; Dessa, who straddles the unlikely border that exists between underground hip-hop and radio-friendly R&B; and Lazerbeak, who applies hip-hop's recording methods to the production of lush indie soul. 17+. —Miles Raymer



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