Tuesday, March 31, 2009

P.O.S. (aka Pissed Off Stef, later revisioned as "Product Of Society," "Promise Of Stress,", "Promise Of Skill," or "Piece Of Shit") over on Rhymesayers just released Never Better. Straight off the bat, I've gotta say that this is my best album purchase of the year thus far. Everything about it is brilliant -- from the beats, to the lyrics, to the album artwork itself.

P.O.S. is an alternative hip-hopper who fully and unapologetically embraces the DIY punk rock logic. In fact, punk rock is right where the MC started out. According to our good friends Wikipedia, P.O.S. played in a short-lived high school punk act called "Om." I can certainly sympathize with the move from punk to hip-hop. Some brilliant dude somewhere once said "we're all sailing in the same sea towards equality, we're just taking different boats to get there" (or something like that) in regards to musical genres with a political or social conscience. Couldn't agree more.

The beats have the slightly-off eclectic feel of Rhymesayers labelmate Doom, with the refined production and soulful flow of Blackthought meets Atmosphere. The first single, "Optimist," starts with a beat created wholly from plastic drinking cups on a table, then blends nicely into a sick beat with fitting rhymes. Check it here:



The album artwork is incredible! The limited edition version comes with a selection of 5 transparencies and a foldout with 16 alterate covers, so you can put together your own combos for full customization! I love this hands on shit. Here's a video that explains the whole thing:



Mine features George Washington on the front under a transparency that reads "Kick & Snare & Kick & High Hat." On the back is none other than Danny Glover behind a transparent rainbow. I love it!



Sweet, right?
Alright, be sure to check the video for "Optimist" and if you like it, definitely definitely definitely go pick this up. Swing by sometime if you wanna give it a sample. I have no objections to a listening party. Heh heh.

If you want to check him live (and you aren't opposed to an all day outdoor punk rock music festival in the dead heat of August), you can see him on this summer's Warped Tour. Here's an excerpt of some dates in the St. Louis region (I'll be at the St. Louis one):

08.01 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
08.02 - Minneapolis, MN @ Canterbury Park
08.03 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
08.04 - Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone Amphitheater
08.07 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
08.08 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairgrounds

Alright, one more video to go out on if you still aren't sure. This is an alternate version (after a short intro/interview) of track 3 on the album, "Savion Glover." Let me know what you think.

-Mike-


P.O.S. "Savion Glover" by Yours Truly from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

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