I had never heard of P.O.S. until I went to see a Minus the Bear show a few years back. When I found out a rapper was opening for them, I was a bit more than skeptical. He came out, made a few jokes about being a rapper at rock concert… then pleaded for the audience to participate. Crowd reaction? I’ve never seen a bunch of emo kids jump around like that. I didn’t think they knew how. Now two years later, P.O.S. has a new album out.
With P.O.S., you’re not going to get a few dance club singles mixed in with some throw-away tracks like most hip-hop artists. This album has some of the most intelligent lyrics and intriguing beats I’ve heard in a long time.
I’ve gotta admit, a lot of the song on here (a la “Drumroll”) took several listens to really appreciate. P.O.S relies heavily on snare drum beats rather than your typical bass beats. I read that he recorded the drum tracks(and most instruments) for the album himself. Pretty impressive.
I got tired of all his shout-outs to his crew and label Doomtree and Rhymesayers. That’s cool that he wants to get the word out, but a mention on just about every track kinda diminishes a great product. At times, a few beats feel a little too scarce, and without a backbone. Luckily, P.O.S.’s rapping usually makes up for it.
Overall, Never Better is a breath of fresh air to the hip-hop genre. Hopefully other artists are taking notes.