Doomtree at The Firebird was probably my most anticipated show of Q1 2012. Let that sink in, especially considering that I had the chance to shoot Radiohead the night before. Their Kanrocksas set was one of my favorite shows of 2011 and the fall stop of Sims/Lazerbeak/Cecil Otter tour at Cicero’s was a great evening to tide me over until the current “No Kings” tour.
Steddy P and DJ Mahf , no strangers to St. Louis, claimed the stage as their own with Mahf luring in the crowd with his turntables for a few tracks before Steddy P sauntered on stage to add his rhymes.
Further Listening: DJ Mahf – Homemade Junk Vol 3 (free D/L)
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The evening’s setup started with five mic stands positioned up front as Lazerbeak arrived to the stage early to warm up the room with his myriad of beats. After a few minutes, Paper Tiger joined his teammate behind the electronics while the other MCs (POS, Dessa, Sims, Mike Mictlan and Cecil Otter) unraveled mics and unleashed an insane evening showcasing the Minnesota hip-hop collective. It was like a mix-and-match game as songs rotated from MC solos to collaborative efforts that blew collective minds when all five were simultaneously performing. After the disappointing turnout the last time Doomtree members rolled through town, I was a little afraid of how the evening would go, but St. Louis, you did a great job coming out to support some amazing hip-hop.
The crew did a great in-studio for KDHX which you can stream here. Alas I was unable to shoot the in-studio, but I’m glad that Nate Burrell was able to take the assignment and deliver some great shots. Bryan Sutter also did his magic and came away with some more shots of the show that you should check out.
Further Listening: No Kings [Explicit]
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