Saturday, February 28, 2009

TREE CITY @ The Old Miami, FRIDAY, Mar. 6th!!

Come see Branch Out Collective super crew TREE CITY (wsg L05 of Celsius Electronic) as they rock the Old Miami this Friday, March 6th!

Tickets = $3

The Old Miami
3930 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI

Blue Collar Gentleman March '09
6th Installment of the event, featuring:
D. Allie

hosted by Uncle P (

presented by
USM, 2Raw4M, GamMedia, Havoc, Boombox Ent

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CALLING ALL DJs!! / Thank yous...


If you are a DJ and would like to spin exclusive Branch Out Collective songs from artists like Celsius Electronics and Tree City, let us know!  We will record custom drops for you and/or your show, as well as provide you with your own, privately stocked, password protected folder on our server.

Shoot us an e-mail at

2. Thank yous...
The Branch Out Collective blog had been up for a little over a month now, and in that span of time we have seen enormous growth.  Between January and February, the site has seen several makeovers, with hits to our server increasing by over 2000%.  

We'd like to thank all of our fans, friends, and loved ones who have shown us support, especially iGNITE Magazine,, and our family at F.O.K.U.S..  

Thank you for listening to our music and getting the word out.  This is only the beginning - we have many exciting things planned for the near future.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


This past summer, Man In Charge was chillin' at the crib when Soto came over with an instrumental CD containing various beats from some of his favorite producers, burning to record some vocals.  They threw it into Pro Tools and hit record. 

The Beat Thiefs were born.

The result is the product of pure love for spitting over ill beats.  Microphone Crisis is particularly special...  it marks the first time Soto ever set foot in front of a microphone.  As if that wasn't monumental enough, he one-taked it.


Soto & Man In Charge - Microphone Crisis (prod. Khrysis)


Soto & Man In Charge - Tag Team Supreme (prod. Black Milk)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Streaming Audio @ the Branch Out Blog

We just added a streaming audio player to our blog page, so now you can jam while checking out our most recent posts.  We've added a sizable catalog of music, including Celsius Electronics and Tree City, as well as various other releases from the Branch Out Collective.

Make sure to check it out and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tree City @ F.O.K.U.S. Radio (2/15/2009)

Tree City appeared on F.O.K.U.S. Radio this past Sunday, February 15th, 2009.  They talked about the Black Trees Mixtape, discussed art, promoted their Feb. 20th show at the Blind Pig, and spit a few freestyles.

Make sure to download Black Trees and check out F.O.K.U.S. Radio...

Sunday nights, 11pm-1am on WCBN-FM Ann Arbor.
Stream it live at

Request Tree City, Celsius Electronics, and the rest of the Branch Out Collective on AIM: fokuslive or at (734) 763 3500.

CEL-EL Interview @ The Heidelberg (2/7/2009)

Billy Holbert, the Director of Entertainment at WOLV-TV, interviewed Celsius Electronics the night of their performance with Gunday Monday at the Heidelberg.  Man In Charge and L05 talk about CEL-EL and Branch Out Collective, how they got into hip-hop, and their plans for the future.

Check out Billy Holbert's Youtube page for more WOLV-TV Entertainment.

Monday, February 16, 2009

TreE.P. = 9/10 from!

Tree City :: The TreE.P. :: Tree City Music 
as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler

For the purpose of full disclosure: I am from Columbus, OH, born and raised. The five members of Tree City, on the other hand, hail from Ann Arbor, Michigan, so there might be some inherent head-clashing. Though, as a critic, I ought to be purely objective, in order for a group from the Wolverines' stomping grounds to get on my good side they have to be very good--luckily for Tree City, they are.  

Only a couple of months ago our head honcho at Rap Reviews, Steve 'Flash' Juon, wrote a review that was full of praise for these guys, for a mixtape that was comprised sonically of nothing but previously released beats by fellow Michigan-native and underground hero, Black Milk. Now, we are revisiting Tree City's debut E.P., originally released in June of 2007, cleverly entitled Tre.E.P., to determine whether the assistance of one of the finest producers in the game may have been the reason for the high quality of the "Black Trees" mixtape.  

From the early moments of "Revolution," it will be painstakingly clear that Tree City is the real deal, with or without recruited production. In fact, the vast majority of the tracks are handled in-house by member Verseatyle; whereas one other ("Have Mercy") is the creation of another emcee of the group, Man In Charge, and finally one more ("Worst Case Scenario") by a non-member in Silas Green.

"Revolution" starts off with a rousing speech before driving into the brooding beat that echoes with dark strings and is further complimented by a slickly implemented Jay-Z vocal sample. Three members attack the beat venomously. Each brings his own character to the table, but there is no real reason to dissect and differentiate them too much, because they are all highly skilled and none of them truly stand out, unlike another well-known Michigan multiple-member group in D-12. With little doubt, they could all drop nice solos, if they so choose.  

The following cut, "Discover the Need" truly helps mold the vision of Tree City; "original, honest, dynamic Michigan hip-hop," as stated on their Myspace page. That is, this track has a very pure hip-hop sound that has one thinking they sound like the theoretical love child of Wu-Tang and Jurassic 5. The chorus opens the song and gets the head nodding along with the distinct keys:  

"Tree City here to plant the seed
To show these other rap cats we ahead of the league
Knowledge by the pound never ever deceive
We going to satisfy the urge and discover the need"

It all works wondrously together, right down to the sharp scratches of DJ Cataclysmic as the song fades out.  

What is so endearing about this group--I know I'm gushing now--is that they embrace the truly classic material that paved their paths, rather than overstepping their boundaries by trying to redo it. Aside from the previously mentioned Jay-Z sample on "Revolution," this notion is epitomized by other wisely utilized samples on "Dark Days" and "Have Mercy," respectively.  

The only thing that would be a welcome addition to Tree City would be more concept-driven songs to vary the subject matter a little more. A lot of this seven-track EP relies on purely attacking the mic with lyrics that focus mostly on the pureness of their music. Still, this is not a major concern, especially given that this music is intended more for the backpacker, rather than the club-goer.  

There were five great emcees that comprise Tree City at the time of "The Tre.E.P.": DJ Cataclysmic, Verseatyle, Man In Charge, G.P., and Real Eyez. Apparently, a new member, named Cheeks, has been brought on board for future releases. They all drop knowledge over proper beats. An example of the type of verses they spit can be found on Flash's review of the "Black Trees" mixtape. My feeling is that it is sufficient to just explain that you will want to check them out if you are into pure, raw, hip-hop music (assumedly you are, given the nature of our website). Surprisingly, on the strength of in-house production, this disc is very much comparable to the Black Milk-infused release, making the listener crave a full-length even more. If the landscape of hip-hop was a playing field, these Ann Arbor-based musicians would be champions. Or, at least, Big Ten Champs.

Music Vibes9 of 10 Lyric Vibes9 of 10 TOTAL Vibes9 of 10

Originally posted: February 17, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

TREE CITY @ The Blind Pig, THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 20

Join hip-hop super group, Tree City, at The Blind Pig this Friday, February 20th, as they join Yoshi and Aktive Audio Works in celebrating the release of Yoshi's new album, The Talent Show. Soto and L05 of Celsius Electronics will join Tree City as Branch Out Collective represents. Other opening acts include DJ C4 and Rafael Casal (HBO Def Poetry Jam, National Slam Champion).

Don't forget to check out Tree City's Black Trees Mixtape in the free download section.

Yoshi and Aktive Audio Works presents
“The Talent Show” Album Release Party
Friday, Feb. 20th, 2009
The Blind Pig
208 S.First St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Doors Open @ 9:30
Show Starts @ 10:00
18+ w/ID
Cover: $7 for 21+ and $10 for under 21

TREE CITY on F.O.K.U.S. Radio / CEL-EL Footage

TREE CITY on F.O.K.U.S. Radio, 2/15

Don't miss TREE CITY, Sunday, February 15th, as they appear on F.O.K.U.S. Radio with DJ Teddy Ruckspin and hosts Trubloo and Miss Lady Soul!  The hit new show airs on WCBN-FM Ann Arbor every Sunday from 11 pm to 1 am.  

If you'd like to request Tree City, Celsius Electronics, and other Branch Out music, or if you'd just like to show F.O.K.U.S. some love, you can hit them up on AIM: fokuslive or at (734)763-3500.

CEL-EL @ "A Night at the Set XX", 2/13

Celsius Electronics rocked the Michigan Union Ballroom this past Friday night (2/13/09) as they took 2nd place in "A Night at the Set XX," the 20th annual Kappa Alpha Psi Sigma Chapter Talent Show!  They brought the heat, opening with Daily Life and performing Quantize for the first time.  The first place winners were the talented Anonymous Dance Crew.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Quantize - Celsius Electronics

Quantize is the the latest single off the upcoming debut album, Mundai, from Celsius Electronics. This intelligent banger of a track features CEL-EL on the lyrics/production and DJ Cataclysmic on the cuts.

Song: Quantize
Artist: Celsius Electronics
Album: Mundai
Prod: Celsius Electronics

Monday, February 9, 2009

CEL-EL @ A Night at the Set XX, THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 13th!

Come root for Celsius Electronics as they compete against the top acts in the area in the 20th annual Kappa Alpha Psi Talent Show!

The Distinguished Gentlemen of Kappa Alpha Psi
Sigma Chapter Present...

$1000 Grand Prize

"the BIGGEST Talent Showcase in Michigan..."

When: Friday, February 13, 2009
Where: Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI
Time: Doors Open @ 6:30 pm, Show Starts @ 7:11 SHARP
Tickets: $7

Tickets available @ Ticketmaster ( @ Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO)

Get your tickets FAST before they SELL-OUT!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tree City @ 5th Annual Midwest Hip-Hop Summit: Feb 7th!!!

This Saturday night, Tree City will also be rocking the stage during the 2nd night of the 5th annual Midwest HipHop-Summit, brought to you on behalf of the Hip-Hop Congress and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs group. The event goes down on the 2nd floor of the U of M Union (in the ballroom). Chea!!!!!!


Tree City @ The U of M Union
Saturday, Feb. 7th, 2009
The Michigan Union (2nd Floor)

530 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Show Starts @ 9:00 pm
All Ages

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

CEL-EL @ The Heidelberg, THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 7th!!

Come watch local bad boys Celsius Electronics bring the noise, fresh from opening for Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monáe at the Michigan Theater.  If you didn't get the chance to see them before, now's your chance!

Join them as they open for fun-filled, ska/rock, Gunday Monday in their headlining debut on February 7th a the Heidelberg.  Also opening is Hullabaloo, an 8 piece ska/funk band.


Saturday, Feb. 7th, 2009
The Heidelberg Club Above
215 N. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Doors Open @ 9:30 pm
Show Starts @ 10:00 pm
18+ w/ ID
Cover: $5

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Love Lockdown Mix + L05 Freestyle Vid

I went to Detroit for the Sphinx Competition this weekend, but did some mixing and dancing while along the journey.

I happened to download the stems to Love Lockdown from a blog before mixing it during the train ride.  Added some vocals in the hotel room.

Song: Love Lockdown (L05 Remix)
Artist: Kanye West/L05
Album: Grab Bag Vol. 1
Prod: L05 (of Celsius Electronics)

I was playin the latest Graffiti mixtape while in the hotel room with Margaret and couldn't help dancing. Unfortunately, the microphone was off on the computer so I had to dub it.

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