Mike Mictlan


Mike Mictlan is a native to Southern California and a current proud resident of South Minneapolis. His style has roots in both scenes. In his delivery, he’s a rapper’s rapper and a technician. He can stick fast stuccato runs, flip a pattern, and freestyle long after everyone else has gone to bed. But he’s also a writer who doesn’t shy from big themes and personal narrative.

Mike met the founding members of Doomtree during his junior year in high school. In response to his deliquent streak, Mike’s parents had sent him from their L.A. home to live with his uncle in Minnesota. (No, the Fresh Prince storyline is not lost on us, please save your letters.) Living with his uncle and attending Hopkins High, he met P.O.S, Lazerbeak, MK Larada, and Paper Tiger. Although Mictlan soon returned to L.A., the Doomtree family tree had taken root. As the collective gained momentum in Minneapolis, Mictlan received more and more phone calls urging him to move to the Midwest. Five years later, he got off a plane with 2 duffel bags and a footlocker, ready to go wherever Doomtree was headed. In his debut collaboration with Lazerbeak, Hand Over Fist, Mictlan employed his understated poetry to epic effect. The album goes by in a pageant of imagery: of fire and flight, long odds and close calls.

A lot has changed in the four years since Mike Mictlan released Hand Over Fist, his first full-length album in collaboration with Lazerbeak. He’s played a key role in helping Doomtree, his rap crew for over a decade now, steadily climb into the national spotlight; touring the world over again and again, playing major summer festivals (Lollapalooza, Paid Dues), and winning over critics the likes of Pitchfork, MTV, Spin, and Rolling Stone off of their collaborative 2011 release No Kings.

SNAXXX is the culmination of those four years grinding it out on the road, and it marks a giant leap forward from Mike’s previous solo work. His million-mile-a-minute delivery, tongue twister patterns, and abstract introspection remain completely intact, but there is a much more playful, ambitiously creative side that now creeps heavily into the mix. Musically, SNAXXX takes the traditional everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink Doomtree sound and blows the doors off the hinges. New comer 2% Muck (Tha Clerb, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog) produces 11 of the 15 tracks, and it’s his rapid fire snare patterns, crushing low end, and blown out synth lines that anchor and shape this new sonic direction for Mike. SNAXXX also features a slew of Minnesota’s finest up and coming rappers (Lizzo, Greg Grease, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, Freez) along with lifelong Doomtree partner-in-crime P.O.S, who shows up on two of the album’s cuts.

Doomtree released SNAXXX for free in the fall of 2012 while Mike wraps up his next official full length, HELLA FRREAL in order to give people a taste of where he’s at now and where he’s headed. With mainstream appeal, surgical precision, and unshakable crew love, Mike Mictlan is an unparalleled force in the underground. His live show is a spectacle of sweat and laughter and fury and communion. You could search every venue in every city, but you will not find an emcee in rap music with more heart than Mike Mictlan. No hype, just a simple guarantee. He believes in the music, the movement, and in his crew of friends. To see him in person, and to hear his voice, makes it hard not to believe it too.


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Hand Over Fist (with Lazerbeak)

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Posted on August 07, 2015

“I wrote this song way before Ferguson, way before Freddie Gray. I could feel the climate rising in our country with every video of police brutality posted on the Internet. I wrote this song for my friend Abdulle Elmi gunned down execution style in the streets of Toronto. But the biggest surprise was performing this song on tour with Doomtree and finding out that I also wrote this song for people I performed it to in every city who needed it more than me. I will continue to write these songs, not as a reaction but as a need. Stop The Violence.”

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— Mike Mictlan

Mike Mictlan “so so STRAYNGE”

Posted on January 08, 2015
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Posted on September 30, 2014

ASTRONOMICALLY HUGE NEWS DAY: Yes, you read the heading correctly. This December will mark the tenth and final Doomtree Blowout. 


Before the rumors ever have a chance of flying around, let’s make one thing clear: This in no way marks the end of Doomtree. When we all met up earlier this year to start planning the big Blowout X, we got to thinking about how incredibly lame and boring the idea of ever throwing a Blowout 11 sounded (let alone a Blowout 18). We’ve been talking for awhile now about wanting to switch things up a bit and challenge ourselves to create new traditions moving forward. With the retrospective Every Single Day book out this past summer and a brand new crew album on the horizon early next year, this just seemed like the perfect time to put an exclamation point on the last decade of awesomeness and close out an important chapter before gearing up for a truly insane 2015. So that’s pretty much that in a nutshell. Now for the glorious details.

12/6-12/13. Saturday to Saturday. 10 events in 8 days. Every hour on the hour we’ll be announcing the details of each unique day’s schedule. For our first show we’ll be taking it over the river to St. Paul and kicking things off  at the newly renovated Turf Club!

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Keep coming back every hour for new details on all eight days! Huge shouts to our sponsors at The Current,, and Surly. Equally huge shouts to the great organizations that we’ll be donating a portion of all Blowout sales to: Southside Family Nurturing CenterAnimal Humane Society, Hope Community Center, Domestic Abuse Project, and Kicker Project. Sign up for the Doomtree Mailing List HERE to get a shot at ticket pre-sales this Thursday. Otherwise, the public on-sale starts at noon this Friday, and a bunch of us will be at The Depot at 4:30 on Friday selling tickets hand to hand.

10:00am UPDATE: Sunday is Surly Doomtree Day! We’re keeping the details on this one pretty close to the chest for now, but here’s the gist. For those that don’t know, Surly is a local beer company that has been killing the game for quite awhile now. We hung out with these guys a lot over the summer and realized how similar the Doomtree and Surly build-it-from-the-ground-up stories are, so we decided to use one of the Blowout days to showcase and bring together our two different worlds of music and beer. Full details coming soon. Stay tuned!

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11:00am UPDATE:  Monday 12/8 we’ll be rocking a super small and intimate show at Icehouse! This night will be a big showcase of all the different musical endeavors our individual members get into when we’re not working on a new crew record. Side projects, tomfoolery, and tons of friends. Anybody’s guess really. Going to be insane.


12:00pm UPDATE: Doomtree loves the kids! On Tuesday 12/9 we’re christening it Kids Day. Members of Doomtree will be visiting various schools throughout the Twin Cities in the morning and afternoon; reading books to pre-schoolers, teaching workshops with junior high kids, and writing raps with the big high schoolers. Then at night we take it back to the Triple Rock for a huge all ages show. A show for the (all) ages if you will. Dad jokes!

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1:00pm UPDATE: This is a special one. Wednesday 12/10 marks the exact ten-year anniversary of the very first Doomtree Blowout (to the date!). So it only made sense to take things back to the Varsity Theater where everything began. It’s real sentimental for us right now. Our friends at TPT will also be filming this event for a special episode of their Lowertown Line show. TEN YEARS! Crazed.


2:00pm UPDATE: Now it’s time to bring it all back home to First Avenue, our favorite venue in the entire world and the prime location of every Blowout since our second one. Thursday 12/11 will be an 18+ show in the First Avenue Mainroom. It will be guaranteed NUTZ.


3:00pm UPDATE: Day 7 of the #LastBlowoutEver will be an epic doubleheader. We’ll start things off at The Current at noon for a live taping, performance, and interview in the acclaimed UBS Forum (more details on how to score passes to that event coming real soon). Then we take things right back to First Ave for our second 18+ show over there before Saturday’s final event. Maaaaaaan this is gonna a fun week.


4:00pm UPDATE: THE GRAND FINALE! Our tenth and final event will conclude with the last night in a three-night stand at First Avenue. In my opinion the Doomtree Blowout and First Ave are pretty much synonymous with each other at this point. We basically grew up at this venue. I couldn’t imagine closing out the #LastBlowoutEver anywhere else. This one’s for the grown folks. 21+ and I’m sure plenty rowdy. Going out with one hell of a bang.


BAM! So there you have it. 10 events in 8 days. The last Doomtree Blowout ever. Thanks for following along all day to the hour by hour announcements. If you’ve already signed up for the Doomtree Mailing List, expect an email shortly with special pre-sale ticket information. Otherwise tickets will officially go on sale to the public at 12:00pm CST on Friday. If you’re in the Twin Cities, come on  down to The Depot at 4:30pm on Friday and buy your tickets directly from us. We’ll have 50 “ALL IN” passes that will grant you access to all of the ticketed events, if you’re looking to make a real week out of it (must be 21+, only available in person at The Depot). So excited to have all this news out into the world. Here’s a quick rundown just in case your head is spinning like mine right now.


Mike Mictlan ‘HELLA FRREAL’ Pre-Order

Posted on September 16, 2014

HUGE NEWS DAY: On October 27th, Doomtree Records will release HELLA FRREAL, the brand new 10-song album from Mike Mictlan!!!! BING BING BING BING. That’s the sweet album cover below, courtesy of artist extraordinaire Emmanuel Mauleón.


HELLA FRREAL features the best Mike Mictlan songs you’ve ever heard over neck-snapping beats from the likes of Cecil Otter, RedVelvet Beats, 2% Muck, 1990, JuanL, Mike Frey, and Lazerbeak (me). Plus awesome guest features from Greg Grease, Ceschi, and Aby Wolf! Check out lead single “CLAPP’D” below for a glimpse at what we’re really dealing with here. Produced by RedVelvet Beats with co-production from Cecil and myself. THIS SONG RULES SO HARD!!!!

And here’s a stream of “CLAPP’D” on YouTube in case you’ve got some super weird things against Soundcloud.

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Now let’s cut to the chase and get into these ridiculously cool HELLA FRREAL pre-order packages directly from the Doomtree Webstore!

Our standard pre-order comes with an autographed digipak CD, Mike Mictlan sticker, instant MP3 download of “CLAPP’D,” and access to a special private LiveStream chat with the man himself on the night of the album’s release. All of that for just $10.99 (!!!), which I would argue is about the same price as lunch at Arby’s if you’re doing it right (shots fired at Paper Tiger yet again). But even all of that doesn’t hold a candle to the deluxe pre-order. Check this out:


The deluxe pre-order includes every single item mentioned above, plus a HELLA FRREAL screen-printed patch (perfect for sewing on your favorite jean vest or backpack), and an extremely limited one-of-a-kind t-shirt only available through this pre-order. Each screen-printed shirt will undergo a separate unique bleaching process, making no two shirts completely alike (just like snowflakes dawg). SO COOL. Pick up your standard or deluxe pre-order from the webstore right HERE.


And for those of you repping that straight digital lifestyle, you can pre-order HELLA FRREAL from either iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE) and still get “CLAPP’D” as an instant MP3 download. Everybody wins!

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I’ll leave you with a couple of brief tour reminders. Dessa and her band hit the road THIS WEEK on their big tour with WHY?. Check out all the cities and dates below, and grab your tickets HERE.


And don’t forget about the excellent “Fighting Fish (Hood Internet Remix)” video that we dropped last week, courtesy of insane directors Isaac Gale and David Jensen. Check it out below if you missed it. One of my all time favorites for sure.

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For those of you up in Canada, Sims is in the middle of a week plus trek throughout your fine country with Hilltop Hoods, before hitting a few East Coast dates toward the end of the month. Check out the cities/dates below and grab your tickets HERE.

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And watch the hilarious video for “SIMS JONG IL” below, just because. Field Notes is out now!

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And now to bring everything back full circle, check out this “CLAPP’D” heater one more time and get yourself seriously AMPED for HELLA FRREAL. This album is sooooooo good.

Alright, I think that’s about all the excitement this one post can take. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Please help us spread the HELLA FRREAL news far and wide if you can, and grab your pre-order right HERE. I’ll see you back here next week for another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak!

— Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Mike Mictlan “WZRD Science” video premiere!

Posted on July 29, 2013

YESSSSSSS!!!!!!! The homie Shake over at 2DopeBoyz just premiered the brand new video for “WZRD Science,” track four off of Mike Mictlan’s SNAXXX project. 2% Muck on the beat, Mike and Greg Grease on the raps, and the one-two punch of Isaac Gale and David Jensen on the insane vizualz. Plus some sweet cameos sprinkled in for good measure. This video is the best. CHECK IT OUT AND HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

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You can now buy SNAXXX digitally on iTunes HERE or physically from the webstore HERE.


Posted on December 01, 2011


And a big one. The entire Doomtree crew will balance on two axles and make our way around the United States (and a few Canadian cities to boot). More tour dates to be announced soon.

Advance presale tickets for the No Kings tour are on sale right now here. Use the login “doomtree” and password “tickets” to gain access to the presale!

Without further ado….

No shows announced at the moment.

No shows announced at the moment.

My Salt Lake Scraperrrrr

Posted on July 18, 2009

My Salt Lake Scraperrrr

“Go Dumb At The Sideshow”

Hand Over Fist Show Tomorrow

Posted on September 27, 2008

YO! A quick remionder…



First Avenue is located at:
701 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327
18+ | 6:00 PM | $7.00

Speaking of Mike Mictlan, the new video for
“Game Over” is up check it out!