Project Mayhem is a hip hop collective that hails from the city of Chicago. Widely recognized from buzz worthy tracks Such as “Weed and Champagne”, “Lo Sweatas”, and “Dope Party”, the group Project Mayhem looks to revive the aesthetic that once existed in hip hop music. Project Mayhem’s roster consists of five members: Marco Dane, the unmistakable, charismatic narrator; Lennon, the man with the bass in his chest and the beat in his heart; Ish Claiborne, who is lyrical precision personified; Paypa, whose effortless and free flowing style; And last but definitely not least rapper/producer MC Tree, the inventor of his self-branded genre SoulTrap, whose unusual, placatory rap and vocal techniques carry so well over his production with its mystifyingly chopped samples. The beautiful mesh of this organized confusion can only be called Project Mayhem.
Since their induction into the Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” in 2007, this league of extraordinary gentleman have opened for acts such as Common, Curren$y, Erykah Badu, Brand Nubian, EPMD, Kanye West, and many more.
Listed in Complex Magazine’s “10 Chicago Rap Acts To Watch Out For” in Feburary of 2012, the group went on to release “Middle America” in March which has been touted as one of the “Top 10 Chicago Mixtapes of 2012” by FakeShoreDrive.com. That same list included MC Tree’s mixtape, “Sunday School”, which has also garnered national acclaim by being named to MTVhive.com’s list of the “Five Best Mixtapes of 2012 (So Far)”. Tree proved to be the only unsigned artist to be featured on that list landing at #3, only topped by Future’s “Astronaut Status” and Gunplay’s “Bogota Rich”, and landing above Rick Ross’ “Rich Forever”. Tree went on to later be named one of Spin Magazine’s “Five Best New Artists For August ‘12”.
Project Mayhem and its members have also been featured on various other national hip hop blogs and publications such as Ruby Hornet, Nahright, 2DopeBoyz, DJ Booth, The Chicago Reader, Fader, and many more, both as a group and as individuals.