Minneapolis' Doomtree collective cooks up a new pairing
There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen that is Doomtree, the Minneapolis art collective centered around an indie hip-hop crew of five rappers and two producers. But the latest dish to come out of that kitchen is unique.
“What tends to happen with us is that we'll all get together and decide to make a crew record, and it will probably take about a year,” said producer Lazerbeak by phone from Minneapolis. “Then we have a cycle where everyone just kind of does their own thing and puts out their solo albums and tours on those. Then we get back together and we start all over again.”
This time, a few of those cycles lined up, and a new project called Shredders was born out of the rarely aligned schedules of rappers P.O.S. and Sims, plus Lazerbeak and fellow Doomtree producer Paper Tiger. And they'll make an all-too-rare Columbus stop Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Rumba Cafe.
“P.O.S. and I have talked about doing an album together for probably 12 years,” said Sims. “But we never got around to it because of laziness and our busyness.”
There's absolutely nothing lazy about the debut Shredders album. “We all kind of had sharpened our blades, and we weren't just going to stop,” said Lazerbeak of the record.
They set out with a looser vibe than the usual meticulousness of a Doomtree-crew record. “There's something about the urgency there ... not getting in our own heads and more just trying to have fun and try to make these short bangers,” Lazerbeak said. “The whole goal was to make a really fast record that knocks from front to back.”
“I think that's what we got. It feels like something that no one else has made, and that's cool to me,” added Sims. “And even if someone else has made that, don't ruin it for me,” he joked.
As for the live show, this is a miss-it-and-regret-it scenario, as the crew's genre-defying brand of hip-hop really brings people together.
“Honestly, our whole shit is about positivity and a good time in a safe place,” said Lazerbeak. “Get out of the cold and move your body around and get sweaty.”
Sims noted that the songs are topical, but won't bog you down. “We are going to sweat out the heaviness of the world,” he said, adding, “no one's going to cry.”