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Forum and wire reports, Published December 26 2012

P.O.S. and Doomtree rappers aim to ‘Get Down’ for New Year’s

MINNEAPOLIS - When P.O.S., Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan and Lazerbeak of the hip-hop collective Doomtree play The Venue on New Year’s Eve, it won’t just be the marking of a new year. It will be one of the few shows the Minneapolis-based artists have played together all year.

The full seven-piece (Dessa and Paper Tiger won’t make the Fargo show) played only one of its three sold-out annual Blowout Minneapolis shows earlier this month.

Due for a kidney transplant next month and on daily dialysis, P.O.S. performed full-tilt on the first night, but had to bow out and head to the hospital right before the second show.

“I might have overdone it Friday, but I can’t say for sure,” the rapper, aka Stef Alexander, reported after the shows, from the hospital. Doctors suspect one of his kidney medications might be the culprit.

His account of what happened: “I arrived Saturday exhausted. About 15 minutes before the set I had a spell of some kind. I couldn’t open my eyes without throwing up, I couldn’t close them without spinning.”

That first show was only his second since he released his latest album, “We Don’t Even Live Here,” in October. The disc is a year-end favorite for many Twin Cities critics.

The thought of Doomtree performing without P.O.S. might’ve seemed preposterous at the very first Blowout concert in 2005, when he was far and away the lone star of the group. This year’s Blowout shows without him demonstrated how far the rest of his crew has risen in stature since – and how much they all continue to grow.

Whoa to the world when the group was fully clicking. Those moments included the especially devilish “Team the Best Team” and a hard-grinding tear through “Bolt Cutter,” the always riotous “Low Light Low Life” and a surprise gem from way back, Cecil Otter’s “A Hundred Fathers.” In lieu of a typical P.O.S. rousing finale such as “Purexed,” Mike Mictlan and Sims raised the most hell at show’s end with “OMG!” and “Burn It Down.”

The rest of Stef’s crew wasn’t going to let Blowout VIII go down without “Get Down,” the party bomb that he debuted during last year’s Blowout shows. It served as the encore for the final show.

Never has there been more discernable proof that Doomtree is bigger than the sum of its parts. Even more impressive, those parts are so tightly glued together now, they still tower over a crowd even when one big piece is temporarily taken out.

Also proof of the collective’s power – Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaimed the first day of the 2012 Blowout “Doomtree Day.”

If you go

What: P.O.S., Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, and Lazerbeak of Doomtree, with Toki Wright and Kipp G & Tony the Butcher opening

When: Doors open at 8 p.m., Monday

Where: The Venue at the Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo

Info: No advance tickets. General admission, $5 for 21 and older and $10 for ages 18 to 20.