It stands for “Team The Best Team,” a track off Doomtree’s second studio album, No Kings, and the band’s unofficial motto. It’s well-founded, as Twin Cities-based Doomtree’s dedication and talent has led them to become arguably the Midwest’s most successful rap collective. Individually, emcees Cecil Otter, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, and Sims, along with producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger, have all put out numerous successful albums. Together they form a supergroup of enormously talented minds, beats, and voices that has collaborated for more than a decade of innovative and unique hip-hop.
This has never been more evident that with No Kings, which further separates the group from cookie-cutter rap acts. Don’t get me wrong – you can still bump to it – but the usual subjects of top 40 rap songs are replaced with declarations of unity, evidence of their drive and limitless vision, and clever wordplay, hooks, and punk-tinged production. And as Midwesterners, you can find numerous references to your home-region that make you feel like one of the team (especially if you’re from “Minnesnowta”).
See “Team The Best Team” in action on Friday, March 9th in The Sett. Though you usually have to pay a pretty price to see the best teams in action, you can be in the crowd for this one without even taking out your wallet. That’s right, it’s free. On top of that, Wisconsin-via-Chicago rapper Milo will get us started at 9 p.m., whose quick, pop culture-dominated, beat poet-style rhymes will make you dizzy. Wait, there’s more! Stick around after the show for the DTF (Dance This Friday) Doomtree Afterparty, where producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger will spin the tracks.
Don’t miss your chance to see Midwest hip-hop’s best in action. Check out videos from Doomtree and Milo below, download Doomtree’s song “The Grand Experiment” and head to our Facebook to share our post with the link to this story to automatically be entered in a drawing for a signed Doomtree poster. The winner will be chosen and notified on Friday. Good luck, and see you at The Sett on Friday at 9!