“You looking for Tree?” Says a raspy voice on the other line. Emcee and producer Tremaine “Tree” Johnson is just weeks past inking a management deal with Creative Control (a sought after video production company that recently added artist management to its repertoire), and would soon hear that he’d be the only Chicago rapper playing at the Pitchfork Music Festival in July. Born and raised in the windy city, Tree and I discuss the best place to meet. I suggest he take us to places that were most significant in his life - where he got his nickname, learned his craft. The places that made him who he is.