P.O.S, Audition

P.O.S, Audition (2006)

Stefon Leron “P.O.S” Alexander may be the most intriguing of all the artists that Rhymesayers has introduced in recent years. A black punk rocker from Minneapolis, P.O.S (which stands for “Product of Society,” “Pissed Off Stef,” et cetera) blends together hard rock and hip-hop in an organic, uncontrived fashion. Many people believe that he’s going to be an underground star, and the title of his second album, Audition, coyly feeds that perception, even as he tries to organize his ideas on progressive politics and capitalist society into digestible songs, with some success. The highlights include “Safety in Speed (Heavy Metal),” which features a spoken-word contribution from Craig Finn of the Hold Steady; “Yeah Right (Science Science),” a freestyle set over thrashing guitar; and “De La Souls,” a sing-song track where he fancifully mixes his hardcore and rap influences. Some of P.O.S’ lyrics are inspired by De La Soul’s “I Am I Be,” while his chorus, “No one will ever be/Like me,” is taken from Bouncing Souls’ “Argyle.”

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