Doomtree
No Kings


3.5
great

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
December 5th, 2011 | 31 replies | 6,489 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Far less in your face, a surprise considering most of Doomtree crew have leaned toward their punk upbringings. Nonetheless, No Kings is noticeably sparse on true eccentric emcee moments, instead relying on their comfortable approach as a whole.

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Entering No Kings, one would expect to be swarmed with punkish attitudes that the Minnesotan alternative hip-hop crew have garnered over the past few years of individual success. Of course, it helps that emcees such as P.O.S., Sims, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, and Cecil Otter coming together to release a far more toned down hip-hop version as opposed to each individual’s earlier releases or even highly publicized mashup Wugazi. Comparisons won’t be suffice to legendary groups like Wu-Tang, but unlike those groups, Doomtree are a sum of its parts, whereas Wu-Tang leaned upon each of their unique deliveries and dark lyricism, Doomtree cannot hold their own individually and almost become a unifying voice upon their sophomore album.

There is less divide and conquer and more unification throughout No Kings – each emcee unable to truly separate each other in between the ultra-demeaning lyricism of one another. Fortunately, this doesn’t hinder much of Doomtree and instead strengthens the album. For one, it is their staple – lyrically they’re all here – P.O.S. and Dessa’s chemistry upon “Bolt Cutter” is one example as how close this group have become over the last decade. There is even the rare self-indulgence anthem “Bangarang,” which despite its simplicity, much like most of the production upon No Kings, allows the album to forge an identity and style that is fast-becoming Doomtree territory. “Punch-Out” chorus, as plain as it is does wonders within the drum rolls and inter-changing Mictlan and Otter. You’d be hard-pressed not to say that the group are ultimately finding how to deliver each emcees’ talents upon some of these tracks. They don’t feel scattered, but jumbled in some moments, without much time to breathe in No Kings, the album becomes an almost apathetic experience in some portions.

After the highly-regarded 13 Chamber (Wugazi) mashup album –a mixture of Fugazi punk musicianship and Wu-Tang classics – it would make sense for the group to enter such daring areas, but No Kings remain somewhat tame and frugal. Definitely the indifference of each emcee seems to contribute to result. What still is unbelievably true within this Doomtree release is their somber, far more serious takes when in introspective mode such as “Little Mercy” are within the elite of hip-hop atmosphere. It suits them; despite a cold demeanor throughout some of these tracks – an almost reflective mood of their beloved Minnesota winters – they still offer more under each layered metaphor and line of storytelling. Hopefully, Doomtree as a whole, will find their way to forge each other’s voices upon their next release to the point where they each bring a keen sense of individuality, but that may not be what they’re trying to offer. Doomtree remain a collective unit, frankly, it is the strict definition of the word.



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gabethepiratesquid
December 5th 2011



4521 Comments


Like the individual artists in this a bit, but together their albums are so boring.

aok
December 5th 2011



4165 Comments


omg a massive attack review .. i'm gonna ignore it and ask marko to give me recs for grammatik . what grammatik album should i get??

aok
December 5th 2011



4165 Comments


also massiveattack and nagrarok for contrib

Sanders
December 5th 2011



2326 Comments


Really like these guys, but still not sure if I prefer them together or separately

Sanders
December 5th 2011



2326 Comments


Think I prefer P.O.S on his own, but I reckon the others benefit more from the collab albums

bloc
December 5th 2011



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard this a few days ago and I love it

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Blindsided
December 5th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review/album.

MassiveAttack
December 5th 2011



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm still exploring his albums Andy, I'll get back to you on here or Mezz Crew.

Inveigh
December 5th 2011



24192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is good but nothing compared to the self-titled. that one showcased their individual
personalities a lot more.

good review man, I definitely agree.

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gabethepiratesquid
December 6th 2011



4521 Comments


The best rapper in this collective besides POS is Cecil Otter.

If only his albums didn't have such awful, AWFUL beats.

Wolfhorde
December 6th 2011



11799 Comments


"this album is good but nothing compared to the self-titled. that one definitely showcased their individual personalities a lot more."
This. On "their own" they definitely seem more focussed. I think the whole outcome also might've had to do with the fact that they kinda rushed this thing.

MassiveAttack
December 6th 2011



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, this isn't as focused as their individual releases, which really hugely disappointing, but not a bad album by any means.

BallsToTheWall
December 15th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dessa doesn't kill this im shocked.

daIceman
December 23rd 2011



381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I Like it ... A LOT! Cecil Otter and P.o.s. completely nailed that LP

qwe3
January 15th 2012



21154 Comments


Come one come all to a Doomtree collective album, featuring P.O.S. and other rappers who aren't nearly as good!




qwe3
January 15th 2012



21154 Comments


meh its like yeah this is alright but i could just listen to pos bro

BallsToTheWall
January 15th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beacon rules hard. I'm shocked that Dessa doesn't kill this for me.

qwe3
January 15th 2012



21154 Comments


she does for me : (


also is that a fuckin hypno

Phantom
January 15th 2012



8930 Comments


Heard this for the first time the other day. Little Mercy and String Theory are the standouts for me. There's something about Dessa rapping that gets me every time.

qwe3
January 15th 2012



21154 Comments


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