Paper Tiger

Producer | DJ

It is 1996. You are in a rusted-out Corolla with a crossfader apoxied to the dashboard. Killsadie, De La Soul, and Lifter Puller are maxing out the speakers. The window does not go down, no AC. He is singing, and smiling like a motherfucker. Welcome to Paper Tiger’s car.

Paper Tiger is Doomtree’s live DJ, our resident graphic designer, and one of our esteemed producers. Paper grew up with music at home, as the son of Minneapolis rocker Johnny Rey. As a teenager, Paper was friend to P.O.S, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan and MK Larada. After high school, the four lived in the now [in]famous Doomtree House—a den of creativity, beer cans, stencils, trash, and neighborhood concern.

As a producer, Paper Tiger’s style reveals his varied tastes. Listen for the influences of mid-school rap, electronic music, his friends. His snares snap, and his samples are distinguished by unusual textures and treatments. The music he makes ranges from the beautiful lamentations like Canonade (from his False Hopes release) to club-fire bangers like Game Over with Mike Mictlan, or Low light / Low Life off “Never Better” by P.O.S.

As a graphic artist, Paper keeps the Doomtree website, posters, and flyers on point. Sunglasses, skateboards, sneakers, NYC, Helvetica—all true of Mr. Tiger.

His 7-inch, Cloquet, was released at Blowout 5.

His first full length album “Made Like Us” was releases July 2010.


False Hopes 11: Paper Tiger
Cloquet 7″
Made Like Us
Summer EP
Beat Tape

Paper Tiger's Blog

20 MIN MIX #13 – B.I.G.

Posted on March 09, 2013

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This is a Biggie appreciation mix. RIP March 9, 1997




Posted on March 01, 2013

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So here we are, March 2013. It has been way too long since the last 20 MIN MIX, so I going to put out a new mixtape every Friday in March.

This first jump off is simply about spring, and my need for it. These jams remind me of the warmer weather.

Enjoy, see you next week.





You can download from the soundcloud above ^






Paper Tiger Summer EP Announcement

Posted on July 17, 2012

Oh man, welcome to a very special edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak.  We are thrilled to announce that on August 14th Doomtree Records will be releasing Summer EP, the brand new 6 song mini album from international touring DJ extraordinaire Paper Tiger!!!!

Our good friends over at Prefix have just premiered first single “Gold Pass,” and you can stream it below right now to get a better idea of what we’re working with.  

And here is yet another highly informative, visually stunning promo video, courtesy of the kid Young Baby Ander Other, if you prefer your album announcements with super bright moving graphics and complimentary background audio snippets from said record.

All of this exciting news leads us to the present glorious marketing point: The Summer EP pre-order is going down starting RIGHT NOW over at the Doomtree Webstore.  All pre-orders will include an autographed copy of the album, plus a very limited edition beat tape CD (titled, you guessed it, Beat Tape) consisting of 15 never before heard Paper Tiger instrumentals.  

Only 500 copies of Beat Tape have been manufactured, and each one comes hand numbered and autographed by Papes himself.  That’s two brand new Paper Tiger albums for under $10 total!!!  Not gonna lie, I’m still working on that infomercial voice.  Pre-order a copy right HERE.

OK, that about does it for this post.  Help us spread the word about this awesome Summer EP if you have a second.  We are so beyond pumped about it.  Hope you all have a wonderful week.

– Beak


Posted on January 06, 2012

20 MIN MIX #11

Number 11– BANG! In celebration of Beak droping his new Lava Bangers record (pre-order here) I have put together some of my old favorites here in a quick mix. Now, let’s be honest, there are so many good ones that it would be impossible to contain in just 20 minutes, but I know you will hear some of your favorites here.



Or Download from the music player over 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.


Posted on June 24, 2011


Number 10– Boom! Trying to keep this thing going, so I threw together a few jams that make me think of summer for whatever reason. Appropriate dance music for BBQ’s, Roller coasters, Lemon aid stands & parking lots.

Download it here>

Or grab it from the music player on My Page>


- Paper


Posted on February 04, 2011

After spending some time in Minneapolis last weekend, I had a talk with some friends about who sold more albums, Prince or Bob Dylan.

Turn out the Purple funk machine sold a few more, so I dedicated this mix to him. Good thing too, although a Bob Dylan mix would have sounded kinda nice, this is way more funky.

Download it HERE from our new player!


Posted on December 03, 2010


I have been getting hit up by a few people about the shirt that is part of the artwork for Made Like Us, and I am happy to announce that we will have the shirt available for sale for the first time at this years Doomtree Blowout!

20 MIN MIX #7

Posted on July 31, 2010

First of all, I am very sorry for how long it has been since my last 20 Min mix. Since my record “Made Like Us” dropped Tuesday I decided I would put together a mix of Instrumental Hip Hop / Trip Hop sort of stuff. Just a few things I really love that in some way probably served as inspiration for the album. I’ll get back on these and have another one very soon.


Made Like Us tomorrow.

Posted on July 26, 2010

So the album comes out tomorrow, I want to thank all the people that pre-ordered and have already had nice things to say about it.

I wanted to post a few links of others that had nice things to say, and a few interviews I did.


Star Tribune

Sunset In The Rear View


Hip Hop Fiend

Thanks again if you where able to attend the release party, I had an amazing time.

- Paper