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

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


Posted on July 24, 2010

We are throwing a CD release party tonight for my record “Made Like Us”.

If your near the MPLS area. check it out.


A Party you should be at…

Posted on July 12, 2010

Hey hello all, we are putting together a listening party this Tuesday at Honey in Minneapolis for you all to come and listen to my new album.

Tell your friends and neighbors. Thank you



Posted on July 07, 2010

Hey guys, we have been working hard over here these days getting ready for the release of my first full length album, Made Like Us.

I am excited to announce that we are having a CD release party for it on July 24th. I am very excited and think it is going to be a kickass evening. A few crew friends and I will be performing some of the new tracks from the album, as well as melting faces with blazing rap set right after. We will also be doing a little something we like to call Doomtree Karaoke, this will be a first for us, but I will be on the turntables so you can come up grab a mic, and do your best version of your favorite Doomtree song. Also my man Budo is coming into town to open the show. So looking forward to this.


Also I have leaked a new track from the album called “The Bully Plank”, I hope you like it.

Last but not least…

We are having a little listening party for the record, check it HERE

Thanks so much for checking this out, and hope to see you at the release party!

– Paper


Posted on July 03, 2010

Pre-Order now and get these fresh shades with your order. What!?  That’s what I am sayin’ about.


New Paper Tiger track “Palace” featuring Dessa

Posted on May 30, 2010

Paper Tiger’s new album “Made Like Us” is available 7.27.2010. You can pre-order the album in the Doomtree Store

20 MIN MIX #6

Posted on May 10, 2010

Last Friday I had the opportunity to DJ at the world famous Get Cryphy party at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

It was an absolute blast, it is so nice when people are dancing and going nuts on the dance floor.

Shout outs to Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, Last Word, and Prof.

I put this 2o minute mix together of some of the dance floor jams that went down at this party.

This may not be for everyone, it is for sure dance floor music, so don’t hate, and don’t try to throw this one on first thing in the morning when having your breakfast.





Posted on April 30, 2010

Man, April has been such a crazy month, and I have been on more airplanes than I can even remember, but it has been great. Here is a short re-cap of the things that went down for me.



I just recently finished my first full length album, and because of that I was in NYC for a few days shooting some photos for the artwork with my friend Billy Phelps.

It was a great time, and the work turned out amazing. More info on the record soon.


After being home from NY for a few days me and the whole crew flew out to Los Angeles for the legendary Paid Dues concert.

That was super fun, I got to see some great acts, I was standing about 30 or so feet from Ice Cube at one point, and all together it was amazing.

After the show I hung out with some friends for a while, and pretty much went skateboarding everyday, and ate amazing mexican food.



Then it was time to head to Florida. I DJed a good friend of mine’s wedding, and his real name is actually James Brown.

That was super fun, then I hung out for a few days in South Beach (which they call SOBE, and I think that is stupid).

Miami, is a place I have never been, and it is pretty much what you would expect. I drove a scooter all day and got a little sunburn. All good things.

Now I am home and loving it, keep your eyes and ears open for a few new 20 Min Mixes I will be dropping soon.


Posted on March 30, 2010

Check out the spotlight on doomtree over at Daytrotter.

Also the image is hilarious!

20 MIN MIX #5

Posted on March 26, 2010


So we are all headed over to California next week for the Paid Dues Festival, and guess who’s headlining?


Yep it’s pretty much insane all day. So I decided to throw together my favorite Cube songs for this installment of the 20 MIN MIX