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 #4

Posted on February 22, 2010

Ahhhh yes, here is the 4th installment of the 20 min mix.

This one takes us back to the early 90’s with new jack swing.

What a wonderful time, it wasn’t really R+B, it really wasn’t Rap,

but something in between, and all together awesome. It reminds

me of very bright colored suits, and questionable dance moves.

So let’s get it crackin’ and I’ll hit you with another one real soon.

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3 weeks…

Posted on February 18, 2010

I just got back from 3 amazing weeks of being on the road. Well, away from home at least.

The first week I was gone I was in Aspen Colorado. I DJ a party for the X-games out there, and it was as much if not more fun than last time. I got to stay in a baller ass hotel room for 6 days, and live like a king.


Then, I flew home for just around 9 and a half hours, then went on a mini tour with P.O.S and Dessa. Played a few shows, had a few laughs, I loved it… but my  jump rope skills need help.


And Grieves and Budo where there too. Sweet dudes all day.

Then I flew from Salt Lake city to New York City for a week or so. Got to hang with my friends out there, all good things.


Love that place. Well, I am home now, and loving it. Back to the grind.

New 20 MIN MIX !!!

Posted on December 16, 2009

Here is the next installment of the ongoing 20 MIX tradition.

This time around I decided to go with a dedication to EPMD. It’s 20 min of some of the classics by Erick and Parrish.

Keep checking back I will be doing these as often as possible.




Posted on December 03, 2009

I just did an interview for the City pages.




Posted on November 21, 2009


Ok, So i am starting a new tradition here at

Its called the 20 MIN MIX, It is going to be a series of quick mixtapes that

i will be posting whenever I get a chance to make a new one.

20 Minutes, nothing fancy, its just whatever I am in the mood for at a given time, sort of thing

The first installment is 80’s Electro. Back in the day breakdancin’ stuff, with a few notable jams,

and a few things you probably have never heard. Hope you like it.



Mos Def, a fan of MF Doom

Posted on November 01, 2009
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Don’t Forget This Thursday!!!

Posted on October 20, 2009


A nice write up…

Posted on October 12, 2009

The homie Abjekt did a nice little write on one of his favorite albums.

Thanks buddy we all appreciate it.

Check it here>


Posted on October 12, 2009

I am really confused as to what time it is right now, but it feels great to be home.

I really wasn’t expecting it to like like the middle of January when I got here though… Minnesota.

Coming Soon….

Posted on July 27, 2009