Rap Monthly: Tree Traces His Comeback, Plus Chief Keef, Doja Cat, and More

Spin's Rap Monthly column interviews an artist making waves, reviews selections from the past month, and holds some lame shit accountable.
Tosten Burks / April 11, 2019

Tree Raps All Over Chilly Chicago in ‘Like Whoa’ Video

Just because Tree is breaking out of Chicago's drill scene doesn't mean the "soul trap" MC is leaving the Windy City behind. In his new…
Dan Reilly / February 5, 2014

Download Tree’s Newly Unearthed Soul Gem ‘More Than You Know’

Windy City MC Tree keeps racking up accolades following the January release of his @MCTREEG EP, a powerful follow-up to his Sunday School II: When…
Dan Reilly / February 4, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Nicki Minaj Dominates YG’s ‘My Niggas’ Remix

Kari Faux, "House of Avalon"Little Rock, Arkansas' Kari Faux discovered a way to merge cloud rap and hip-house on this go-for-it rap — over and…
Brandon Soderberg / January 30, 2014

Download MC Tree’s Bluesy Soultrap Track ‘Probably Nu It’

Chicago MC Tree is dropping a surprise set on January 21 — the @MCTREEG EP, which so far seems chock-full of the rapper-singer's signature soultrap…
Chris Martins / January 13, 2014

Tree’s ‘Like Whoa’ Is Another Soulful Missive From Chicago’s Tough Terrain

Tree is another of Chicago's rising rap stars, emerging from the city's drill-music scene with a soulful mix of smoky melody and thoughtful rhyme —…
Chris Martins / January 8, 2014

Tree Puts the Freeze on Haters in Snowy ‘Busters’ Video

Chicago MC Tree has shared a new video in honor of his super-solid May mixtape Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out. As one might expect…
Chris Martins / June 20, 2013

Download Tree’s Soulful ‘Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out’ Mixtape

Tree is an old soul in the Chicago rap scene. He self-describes his music as "soul trap," which means that he takes samples by artists…
Jordan Sargent / May 15, 2013

Hear Danny Brown Assist Chicago Rapper Tree on Raspy ‘No Faces’

Chicago rap is more aesthetically diverse than it gets credit for, and one of the city's less well-known rappers whose carved out his own niche…
Jordan Sargent / May 9, 2013

First Spin: Tree & 110% Pure’s Mixtape, ‘Trillin”

Sunday School, Chicago rapper/producer Tree's mixtape from earlier this year, boldly reconfigured the crate-digging boom-bap style which defined the '90s, and later on went grandiose…
Brandon Soderberg / November 8, 2012

Rap’s Most Slept-On Releases of 2012’s First Quarter

Alternate title for this little listicle: THE FIVE MOST SLEPT-ON ALBUMS OF THE SPIN NO TRIVIA ERA. Cutting the year into quarters and gauging where…
Brandon Soderberg / April 6, 2012