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 29, 2009

I am in London now, tour is going great.


Posted on September 22, 2009

So, after about 19 hours of travel, I am in Germany. Sinzig Germany to be exact.

European Tour beigins tomorrow. For now, I just have no clue as to what time it is.

I’ll let you finish but…

Posted on September 15, 2009

If I could play records in my sleep…

Posted on September 09, 2009

Diesel just did a line of bed sheets with some crazy gear on it. Kinda nerdy yes, but I’m not too mad at it.

New Skateboard Graphics

Posted on September 09, 2009

My friend Namdev Hardisty recently put out a new book about the current state of skateboard graphics,

check it out here>

I like this…

Posted on September 09, 2009

This is a series of icons made using the same Cap height and baseline restrictions based off Helvetica Neue Bold 75.



Posted on September 04, 2009

After 14 slices of Pizza, 96 train rides, and many many good times later, I have returned back to beautiful South Minneapolis.

Feels great to be home.