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Album Review

It almost feels mean-spirited to call P.O.S. rap-rock, so sullied is that name from millennial mook-rock, but as he proudly interpolates Fugazi and Notorious B.I.G. on Never Better, it becomes obvious that this term is one he's determined to redefine. Track titles like "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)" and "Terrorish" don't disappoint, all churlish guitar thuds, chest-thumping choruses and rapid-fire rhymes; it feels like the Linkin Park aesthetic done right, which is, really, a strange artistic achievement, but one handily accomplished. These hot flashes of intensity are nicely contrasted by neighbors like the darkly soothing "Optimist (We Are Not for Them)" and the satisfying boom-bap of "Savion Glover," giving the album some assured ebbs in intensity. Better still is the bombastically chintzy "Goodbye," which sounds like the type of beat Just Blaze would save for his very favorite client. But this is staunchly P.O.S.' show, and as an MC he's eager to dazzle. While his big emphatic Midwestern enunciation recalls Eminem, his emo-rap fixations are more in line with El-P or Cadence Weapon. He's fixated, obsessed even, with his friends, particularly those who've abused his trust, and constructs his record from the pensive moments of solitude between vainglorious barnburners. Between this brutal bleating and the general anger of the production, the record is dank and punishing on the ears — probably just as P.O.S. intended, but still a step or two shy of the sonic maturity he so yearns to lend the subgenre.

Customer Reviews

Ironic, when you think about it...

Truly an amazing concept - An Instrumental Rap Album...Oxy-Moron? Under normal circumstances, yes. Moronic? Absolutely not...After hearing rappers and other hip-hoppers steal endless popular samples and hooks to boost their own (often times) weak verbal ability, here is an Artist who stands on his own incredible merits. This is creative music at its finest - Multiple releases of the same hip-hop album, one standing solely on the merits of its own musicality. The others including an extremely talented rapper/performer to bring the lyrics to the fore. I have never heard of P.O.S. until this evening, but I can tell you that after listening to this album (and his one with words) a few times, I can tell you P.O.S. is a force to be reckoned with. Truly talented, both verbally and musically...What a refreshing entry into the very tired and over-simplified world of rap. Enjoy!

i luv it

this is a great albim but the instrumentals are amzing i use them for remixes it is amazing these instrumental are fantastic you can feel the human aspect in all of the beats and just this does not sound like a hip hop album but pos makes it his own shows he can make indie a rap and welll none the less other rappers done this but not with a whole aspect of this is a band he blows my mind


Probably the only rapper out there who can or has even considered doing an instrumental album and still make it sound interesting despite lacking vocals- sadly the key element in moat of today's Hip Hop music. Truly amazing.


Born: August 18, 1981 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A self-taught bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer, P.O.S. (which stands for a variety of things, including Product of Society, Piece of Sh*t, and Promise of Skill) spent most of his childhood influenced by the energy of punk, drumming for Cadillac Blindside and singing and playing guitar for Building Better Bombs. At 14, however, he was introduced to hip-hop via Company Flow and Oddjobs, and began rapping for fun, performing at small venues around Minneapolis. In 2004, P.O.S. put out his...
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