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


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!

12:6 TURF 9AM

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!

12:7 SURLY 10AM

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!

12:9 T-ROCK 12PM

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.


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.



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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.