USA • 70 min • English • Documentary • Digital • NR (language)
Directed by: Chris Hadland
Take an unprecedented glimpse inside the family, crew, business, and lives of the Doomtree Collective.
Anyone who's seen a live show will tell you: Doomtree (P.O.S, Dessa, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger) is more than a rap crew. It's a family--with all the love and dysfunction of families everywhere--and it's a business, run by 7 people without an MBA between them. It's a group of artists who've bound their lives together to try and do something bigger than any could do alone.
Most of the members of Doomtree met as teenagers. They burned their own CDs, Xerox copied album art at Kinko's, and cold called venues trying to score a gig. Ten years later, they're turning heads at Rolling Stone, MTV, VH1, and competing with major labels for Billboard chart positions. They're touring the country and the world sharing victories, successes, bottles of whiskey, and common colds. A couple members can even call themselves 'proficient' at Microsoft Excel. When they take the stage together, they’re an unstoppable storm of knuckle tattoos, fedoras, high-tops, and sensible flats—they’re funny together, desperately serious together, and their loyalty to one another is palpable to everyone in the room.
For the first time, Team The Best Team provides a real look at what happens before and after the show--in the van, backstage, and back home. Seven friends, partners, and musicians share their biggest year--the year of No Kings--with all the attendant thrills, scares, punch lines, rap snacks, losses, laughter, and regular unleaded. Members have babies, bad kidneys, good shows, bad days, broken fingers, and a long history together, living a life of high hopes and long odds.
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