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Ten years after his breakthrough, Minneapolis rapper P.O.S brings his punk-rock ethos to perform Never Better in its entirety

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When he released his 2009 LP Never Better (Rhymesayers), Minneapolis MC and rock musician P.O.S (born Stefon Alexander) had already made a name for himself on his own and with Doomtree, his seven-member hip-hop collective and record label. But Never Better announced a new P.O.S—one who had taken his production and lyricism to another level. Its aggressive beats, huge hooks, dexterous flow, and fully articulated punk-rock attitude made it one of the best and most unique rap albums of the year. Full of clattering snare rolls, distorted bass lines, gang vocals, and infectious choruses, the record also contained some of Alexander’s most overtly political lyrics to date; on “Savion Glover,” he raps, “Dehumanize communities like Black Hawk Down / They realize immunities then rape them towns . . . The Oval Office and the oil lobby prolly listen to Fugazi, singing, ‘This one’s ours; let’s take another’ / Then they dance away clean like Savion Glover.” For Never Better’s tenth anniversary, Alexander is hitting the road to perform the album in its entirety, and he’s coming stocked with vinyl reissues of the record and new merch made from recently unearthed designs. Indie hip-hop heads won’t want to miss this.   v

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