Directed by APJ Films
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Tree is one of the hardest working dudes in the music biz. He drops countless projects of his own, not to mention one-offs with other artists; but after spending much of 2014 throwing oops to some of the best in the Chi, he’s kicking off the new year with a new project of his own.
Enter TrapGenius, the new street album from Tree. When is it dropping? Well, it could happen any day now. No, for real, for real. Maybe even today. But as we wait on this new album, Tree gives us a quick preview of what we can expect to hear with this TrapGenius trailer.
“Not only am i in tune with trap music, I come from the trap-born in one of the most notorious projects in the country. People see the more classic music I make and here I wanted to take it back to the trap. My prestige as a SoulTrap artist has taken me around the world but I still have love for the the neighborhood and the people I grew up with.”
Check the trailer above, and stay tuned for more info from the TrapGenius himself.
The element of surprise. On Christmas Eve, completely unannounced, Chris Crack and MC Tree G have slid down our chimneys like the proverbial Santa Claus’ to give us the gift that keeps on giving: a new EP. You gotta love it. No promotion, no announcement or a big to-do, just dope music out of nowhere. When you’re this good, you don’t need to brag. When you’re churning out sounds like this, you don’t have to talk — you just do it. Point blank period.
So with that being said, I’ll stop talking and let you get into Tree + Crack — a winning combination.
“Everybody’s Something” w/ Chance The Rapper
Last night, Saba tore down Concord Music Hall in Chicago, as part of Red Bull’s Sound Select series. Tree was also on the bill, which included some of the dopest artists in the city. During Saba’s headlining set, the rising rapper brought out the likes of Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Eryn Allen Kane and Tree to share the stage with him. From the clips above you can see how wild the crowd got.
Check out clips of Saba, Chance, Mick, Eryn and Tree rocking out above and below. The do tracks like “Everybody’s Something,” “Heaux,” “Burnout,” and “For Y’all.” Stay tuned for more RBSS events taking off in 2015.
Shouts to Pursuit of Dopeness
Is Tree the hardest working man in Chicago hip-hop? He might could be. He’s already given Chris Crack and Brian Fresco stellar projects so far this year, not to mention a few loosie EPs he’s dropped on his own. And today he returns to the pulpit with RoGizz for The Pimp & The Preacher.
Which one is which? Well, you’ll have to listen up to make that call. This event is six tracks deep, and features all Tree production with RoGizz doing the heavy lifting on the vocals. Lennon, Tree and others show up to assist. It’s soul trap at its finest, from the chuuch to the palace. Join the congregation below.
Directed by Peter Campbell. Produced by Tree.
Today we get the new video from Brian Fresco and Tree’s critically acclaimed collabo project, SoulMoney, which is easily one of the year’s best thus far. This time, however, Fresco is giving it up to the baes of the world. He’s on his Mr. Lova Lova Man steez on this one. Button down shirt, khakis — the whole nine.
You can catch Fresco performing at Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA concert series later on this month. For now, do it for Bae above.
Directed by Bang and Oligar
Big Tree missed yesterday’s #TreeTuesday release as he’s currently hard at work on yet another project, #TrapGenuis, which is due out before the year’s end. Is it even debatable that he’s the hardest working dude in Chicago hip-hop right now? I could be wrong, but Tree stays working.
Anyhoo, here’s a new video for one of the standout joints on his MC TREE EP, which dropped via Scion AV earlier this year. This crlip was filmed in the early morning hours during a tour stop in Utrecht, Holland. International, baby!
Brian Fresco. Tree. SaveMoney. Soul Trap. Put it all together, and you’ve got this new 10-song project (which technically makes it an album, not an EP, but I digress) from Brian Fresco, produced entirely by Tree. Two of the Chi’s biggest talents joining forces for the greater good of local rap. They’ve already knocked it out of the park with every leak thus far, so see if they can make a flawless victory with the whole package.
Soul Trap. Save Money. SoulMoney. Enjoy the meeting of the minds below.
Produced by Tree
Salute me or mute me (c) Ty.
This joint is too dope. Project Mayhem member Big Ish Lo grabs frequent collaborator Tree for his new single, “Salutin.” No hook, just straight bars on this one — from two high caliber Chi City emcees. Gotta salute ‘em for this.
His royal Treeness is back with this week’s #TreeMix, and on this Tuesday Biggie’s “What’s Beef?” is up for grabs. What is beef? Well, it’s many different things to many different people, but press play to understand just what Tree considers beef. Hopefully it’s not what’s for dinner.