Tosten Burks is -1 through 13.

Nothing’s worse than a rapper’s cover art improving at a faster rate than the music. Luckily, Tree’s output is keeping up with his A&R.

“Trynawin,” the first single off of Sunday School II – the sequel to Tree’s tape from last May that still stands as some of the best Chicago music of 2012 – is a Roc Marciano-featuring consummation of the soul-trap invention.

What is soul-trap? Basically, Kanye strings on Luger snares. Pitch-distorted YouTube samples. It’s DIY production that captures the vintage No I.D. Chicago tradition and mucks it up with modern Chicago bang bang.

On “Trynawin,” Tree gargles metal, leaving Marci’s silky assonance to calm the storm. The girls are terracotta. Aristotle scrolls sit on the curb. Horns stab in the dark corners of dawn. Tree’s beats are getting more and more detailed. Eagerness for this mixtape abounds.


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