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P.O.S - “Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats” Video //
WDELHMDSRMX Free Album Download

     Last year Minnesota Emcee/Producer P.O.S put out one of my favorite albums of 2012 with his fourth solo studio effort, We Don’t Even Live Here. The rapper’s guide to anarchy smashed into the Billboard Top 200 chart with no tour support due to complications with Stef’s kidneys (the Doomtree co-founder has been dealing with messed up kidneys for quite some time, it would later be revealed). Well now, almost a year to the day, Pissed Off Stef teamed up with his comrades in Marijuana Deathsquads to release a remix album to the extremely popular WDELH. Appropriately titled WDELHMDSRMX, the album is track for track the same as the 2012 version in its tracklisting. It’s just all the tracks that are different (hence, the RMX). 

     Marijuana Deathsquads applies their abstract, Electro, sometimes minimal, sometimes maximized effort to a project that was already eclectic. With new beats, a couple new verses from Stef, and a slew of guest appearances, the album maintains familiarity but still gives you something refreshing and new (hence, the RMX). P.O.S’ style has always been derived from his Punk/Hardcore roots seen in his aggression and live instrumentalism, but on WDELH he touched new bases with Electronic, and Dance inspired sounds. MDS takes those sounds to their version of the extreme. The content and meaning loses none of its aggression and inspiration, but finds them addressed in new auto-tuned, vocal effected ways.

     Very rarely are remix albums released that potentially rival the original material. I fell in love with P.O.S’ music because of the aggression, anger, live sounds, and the balance between socio-political dissent and introverted content. The dance inspired sounds had to grow on me, but I’ve never disliked anything P.O.S has released. With this album being mostly (100%) comprised of the more Electro styled production I was worried I wouldn’t like it. Of course I was wrong. It came out this morning and I’ve already got a couple solid listens in. It’s another solid addition to a catalogue filled with interesting, unique, powerful, creative and honest music.

     Always a man for the people, P.O.S and MDS have put out the album for free. Up above is the official video for “Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks, and Bats” (a favorite of mine from the original), and you can download the album from doomtree.net or rhymesayers.com.

Fuck Your Stuff,

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The Uncluded - Delicate Cycle

This is one of the cutest and coolest videos I’ve seen in a long time. The Uncluded continue to impress me while adding to my anticipation for their new album Hokey Fright (which I still need to pre-order!) which is releasing on Rhymesayers Entertainment. 

Open your mind. Open your heart. Love people. Love animals. Enjoy. 

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The Uncluded - Scissorhands

Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson aka The Uncluded have released another song with an accompanying official video from their upcoming album, Hokey Fright. The song, “Scissorhands”, is simple in terms of production using only an acoustic guitar track to set the pace. Aes brings the rhymes (and some grit), and Kimya backs him up with her soft, soothing melodies. Another good sign of things to come. 

The Uncluded - Earthquake

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson are The Uncluded. 

You know Aes from his illustrious Indie Hip Hop career with Def Jux and Rhymesayers, and you may know Kimya from her work as part of The Moldy Peaches or her contributions to the soundtrack for the film Juno. (You know that song Ellen Paige and the nerdy kid who always plays the same character in all his movies play as a duet before the credits roll? Yeah, that’s hers.)

To be honest, I was a little apprehensive upon hearing news of this collaboration. Apprehensive, but hopeful because, again, to be honest, I love almost everything Aesop Rock has ever created. And Kimya contributed vocals to a song on Skelethon and it was a dope track.

Upon hearing this song, and seeing this video my doubts have been silenced. It is definitely NOT what I expected, but I think I like it even more because of that. An unlikely pairing may turn out to be one of the most creative and unique musical combos in a while.

AR has been a busy man the past couple of years and I’m starting to think this creative tangent that he’s been on has been for the better. The beats for Felt 3 were dope, Hail Mary Mallon was awesome, Skelethon was incredible, and now The Uncluded may sneak into our hearts.

"So it goes…"

I’m excited for this. I’ll be pre-ordering once I’m not broke.

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P.O.S ft. HOUSEMEISTER - Weird Friends (We Don’t Even Live Here)

A new video from P.O.S? Please, and thank you.

Pissed Off Stef and friends drop a visual clusterfuck of fun and madness. The video fits the mood of the song perfectly.

Have fun. Be yourself.

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P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here
     If you read through this review and it starts to sound biased that’s because it is. Biased in the sense that P.O.S is one of my favorite emcees and, in my opinion, he can do no wrong.  With that being said, the Doomtree co-founder’s latest album, We Don’t Even Live Here, is a new ride down a familiar road that’s probably cruising into many people’s AOTY list. And by cruising I mean driving a flaming oil tanker into the Federal Reserve with stereos on blast and no regard for Pacifists – cruising.
     We Don’t Even Live Here is a slight shift musically for P.O.S. The Punk/Hardcore influence takes a backseat to more Electro and Dance inspired beats. But don’t let that scare you. Pissed Off Stef is just as pissed and he’s just as serious as usual. Some of the beats on songs like “Get Down”, or “Weird Friends (We Don’t Even Live Here)” are lighthearted but have just as much weight as earlier output. And the loud, heavy, angry stuff is still there. Tracks like “Fire In The Hole/Arrow To The Action” and “Piano Hits” have Stef screaming his lungs out over beats that are gnarlier than most Hardcore acts these days. The different styles, the club-esque production and the anger-drenched loud stuff, balance well. Although the album sonically sways and shifts, ebbs and flows through different musical territories the energy is ALWAYS there. Whether the beat is by P.O.S himself, Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, or Andrew Dawson the passion and intensity remain constant.
     The lyrical content also enters slightly different territory. Or maybe it’s not so much different territory as much as it is how prevalent the themes and ideas are. On previous albums Mr. Promise Of Stress keeps the lyrics personal, introspective, and abstract with a hint of social critique. Flip flop that last sentence and you have WDELH. The personal stuff is there, but the social/political views and ideas make up a bulk of the subject matter. Anarchy and anti-materialism, the overhyped election of Obama, and the Occupy movement are just a few of the topics covered. P.O.S attacks fake rappers, fake politicians, and whoever else stands in his way, all the while dropping some of his best lyrics to date. Some rappers who address Social and Political views lose the average listener, but P.O.S talks TO you not AT you constructing his ideas clearly and creatively. He spits with aggression and intelligence but doesn’t go over heads.
     After all is said and done, once the smoke clears, the fires are put out, and the last of the anarchists leave the party, this is my Album Of The Year. Is it my favorite P.O.S album to date? No. Not yet. Never Better will be a hard one to beat in my book, but I’ve had years to grow with it. Maybe after a bit of time this newest one will grow to take that number 1 spot. But WDELH is an incredible album. From the upbeat and fun Electro/Dance beats to the razor sharp, witty delivery of brick through your window lyricism, P.O.S improves and expands on his musical arsenal.
This album should not be missed by any self-respecting Hip Hop fan. Like Stef says on “The Can’t Come”, “They sleep on us/ Don’t wake ‘em up/ We’re sneaking out/”. You snooze you lose.
Pros:-  Always impressive, but easy to digest lyrics- Production from different artists/backgrounds without losing album unity- Danceable but serious, fun but intelligent
Cons:- 11 songs (13 on the Deluxe) leaves you wanting more – but is that really a negative?
Thanks for your time. You can find this album on iTunes, fifthelementonline.com, or doomtree.net.
ZNXXX

P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here

     If you read through this review and it starts to sound biased that’s because it is. Biased in the sense that P.O.S is one of my favorite emcees and, in my opinion, he can do no wrong.  With that being said, the Doomtree co-founder’s latest album, We Don’t Even Live Here, is a new ride down a familiar road that’s probably cruising into many people’s AOTY list. And by cruising I mean driving a flaming oil tanker into the Federal Reserve with stereos on blast and no regard for Pacifists – cruising.

     We Don’t Even Live Here is a slight shift musically for P.O.S. The Punk/Hardcore influence takes a backseat to more Electro and Dance inspired beats. But don’t let that scare you. Pissed Off Stef is just as pissed and he’s just as serious as usual. Some of the beats on songs like “Get Down”, or “Weird Friends (We Don’t Even Live Here)” are lighthearted but have just as much weight as earlier output. And the loud, heavy, angry stuff is still there. Tracks like “Fire In The Hole/Arrow To The Action” and “Piano Hits” have Stef screaming his lungs out over beats that are gnarlier than most Hardcore acts these days. The different styles, the club-esque production and the anger-drenched loud stuff, balance well. Although the album sonically sways and shifts, ebbs and flows through different musical territories the energy is ALWAYS there. Whether the beat is by P.O.S himself, Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, or Andrew Dawson the passion and intensity remain constant.

     The lyrical content also enters slightly different territory. Or maybe it’s not so much different territory as much as it is how prevalent the themes and ideas are. On previous albums Mr. Promise Of Stress keeps the lyrics personal, introspective, and abstract with a hint of social critique. Flip flop that last sentence and you have WDELH. The personal stuff is there, but the social/political views and ideas make up a bulk of the subject matter. Anarchy and anti-materialism, the overhyped election of Obama, and the Occupy movement are just a few of the topics covered. P.O.S attacks fake rappers, fake politicians, and whoever else stands in his way, all the while dropping some of his best lyrics to date. Some rappers who address Social and Political views lose the average listener, but P.O.S talks TO you not AT you constructing his ideas clearly and creatively. He spits with aggression and intelligence but doesn’t go over heads.

     After all is said and done, once the smoke clears, the fires are put out, and the last of the anarchists leave the party, this is my Album Of The Year. Is it my favorite P.O.S album to date? No. Not yet. Never Better will be a hard one to beat in my book, but I’ve had years to grow with it. Maybe after a bit of time this newest one will grow to take that number 1 spot. But WDELH is an incredible album. From the upbeat and fun Electro/Dance beats to the razor sharp, witty delivery of brick through your window lyricism, P.O.S improves and expands on his musical arsenal.

This album should not be missed by any self-respecting Hip Hop fan. Like Stef says on “The Can’t Come”, “They sleep on us/ Don’t wake ‘em up/ We’re sneaking out/”. You snooze you lose.

Pros:
-  Always impressive, but easy to digest lyrics
- Production from different artists/backgrounds without losing album unity
- Danceable but serious, fun but intelligent

Cons:
- 11 songs (13 on the Deluxe) leaves you wanting more – but is that really a negative?

Thanks for your time. You can find this album on iTunes, fifthelementonline.com, or doomtree.net.

ZN
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As some of you may know, Minnesota based Emcee/Musician P.O.S has a new album coming this week (the 22nd). I’m a huge fan so I thought I’d share some promo videos (via YouTube links) with you guys.

The album is titled We Don’t Even Live Here and is P.O.S’ fourth solo effort. It’s out on Rhymesayers Entertainment (as usual). Here’s some vids to give y’all a sneak peak. If you get sucked in like I did 5 years ago and you want to know more then check out P.O.S on iTunes, rhymesayers.com, or doomtree.net.

Promo Video:
http://youtu.be/0d5jbWwjY4g

CD Promo:
http://youtu.be/Jvl6SsVQeKo

Vinyl Promo:
http://youtu.be/7nRYSkXomNM

Video for the single “Fuck Your Stuff”:
http://youtu.be/0FY6VcJR2PE

This guy is a great emcee/musician/artist so give the videos and the music a chance and you won’t regret it! The album features guest spots from artists like Bon Iver, Cecil Otter, Boys Noize, Mike Mictlan, and more!

ZN

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