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Why did everyone release their darkest and most fucked vidoes this week? Is it just too cold for some fun, sunny music videos? Are we experiencing a collective dark night of the soul? Or is it just…   Read Story »
Chicago is a truly great city, but it's currently deep into a winter that sounds incomprehensibly hellish, and the town could probably use some reason to feel good about itself. So I give you the…   Read Story »
How old is Tree? Do we even know? He certainly looks like a young man, but the Chicago rapper/producer has a voice like a gnarled, twisted, tougher-than-iron tree limb. He sounds like an 80-year-old…   Read Story »
Last year, the Chicago rapper-producer Tree -- who's given his hard, gnarled, singular sound the distinctive genre name soul-trap -- gave us his messy but often brilliant mixtape Sunday School II:…   Read Story »
This week, 2014 kicked into top gear, musically speaking, leaving us with way more than five great songs competing for space in our list of the week's best. We had to leave out truly excellent cuts…   Read Story »
Last year, the Chicago rapper/producer Tree earned a spot in the Mixtape Of The Week column for Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out, a raw and soulful example of how weird and personal traditional…   Read Story »
Last year, there was one album -- Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City -- that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the…   Read Story »
One of the strongest rap mixtapes of the year thus far is Sunday School: When Church Lets Out, the latest from the tough and gnarled Chicago rapper/producer Tree. Tree just shared his video for the…   Read Story »
The Chicago rapper/producer Tree calls his style "soul-trap," and that's a better genre descriptor than a critic nerd like me could come up with. Seen from a certain angle, Tree is an inheritor to…   Read Story »