If you're looking for a touchstone for Chicago rapper Tree, who is a part of Project Mayhem, then Memphis' 8Ball is probably your best comparison. They couldn't be more different geographically, but they both have a world-weary husk of a voice, as happy to rap about girls as they are talking about punching you in the face or how they had a really bad day. In this video, Tree raps while laying on the roof of a moving car, smoking, his voice just barely a croak. It's a compelling visual moment, but it sounds great, too. The rest of the group for their part, is in fine form. They have actual chemistry! It's an increasingly rare thing.
October 24, 2012