Minnesota’s really been a hotbed for the development of smart, innovative alternative hip hop, and Doomtree Crew’s been right up there for raw creativity. Andrew Sims (a.k.a. Sims) is set to release his second solo album, Bad Time Zoo, on February 15, 2011. And while I’ve heard a few of the new tracks (but can’t release them yet) I can vouch that this is an envelope-pushing LP from a rapper with a strong flow and lyrical sense that rivals Atmosphere or Brother Ali for raw explosive exploration. I can tell you this: “Burn It Down” is destined to break this guy into the mainstream if there’s any justice in the world.
Preview Sims’ first solo album Lights Out Paris at Bandcamp:
and check out his performance of “Key Grip” from that album, via a live performance: