With a new album dropping in November, Minneapolis rap stalwarts Doomtree have unleashed the single “The Grand Experiment”. This first taste of the upcoming long player No Kings follows relatively hot on the heels of the group’s Wugazi release and sets the tone for what will surely be an autumn filled with Doomtree activity. All of it is a celebration of sorts of the group’s first decade as a collective.
If the message behind the new release is a bit confusing-a call for both rebellion and respect(?) while “[obeying] no kings” and “seeking no thrones”, then at the very least the music is straightforward and filled with standard Doomtree touches. Other titles from No Kings include “Punch-Out”, “Little Mercy”, and what may or may not be an ode to the fashion industry, “Bolt Cutter”.
Best of all, this was all meant to be played loud.
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