P.O.S

P.O.S.
We Don’t Even Live Here
(Rhymesayers Entertainment)

www.doomtree.net

pos_we_dont_even_live_hereIt had been a little while since the last album from Minnesota’s P.O.S but, like all the best artists, the wait was well worth it. His new album, ‘We Don’t Even Live Here’, is the natural progression from its predecessor, ‘Never Better’, seeing the rapper embrace the electronic side of music that he loves whilst maintaining his punk rock ethics, melding them into another powerful statement against authority.

From the opening track Bumper, where fuzzed distortion and thunderous drums smash through the speakers, Stefon Alexander lays down his values – “They on some nonsense, we on some non-stop”. He loves his family, his crew and his friends, he hates being told what he should do and how he should live within walls and his lyrics get right to the root of the problem. His greatest triumph on this record however is that he delivers his ideas without becoming a preacher, it’s not tired and it doesn’t feel like you’ve heard it all before.

There is plenty for hip hop heads to get involved with too, ‘Fuck Your Stuff’ reps his crew brilliantly on a ridiculously big beat, ‘Wanted/Wasted”s beat has a classic Doomtree sound and the stripped-down ‘Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats’ could easily find itself on earlier P.O.S. albums, sonically speaking. The variety never stunts to flow of the record either, the Bon Iver assisted ‘How We Land‘ is the standout track and ‘Get Down’ three-quarters of the way through the album is as big a dance track as you’ll hear all year.

We love P.O.S., always have, always will and when he drops albums like this, it’s hard to see that ever stopping. The chorus line from Get Down sums it up perfectly:

“No-one gives a fuck about shit, so fuck your shit, we fuck shit up cos shit’s fucked anyway, shit is run into the ground (I know right?), I don’t wanna think about it, I just wanna get down”

So what are you waiting for? Get down then!

Abjekt

P.O.S

P.O.S.
Bumper
Rhymesayers Entertainment/Doomtree Records

P.O.SIt’s been over three years since P.O.S dropped his last album, the superb Never Better but he’s been a busy guy. Not content with making his own records, Stefon Alexander has been involved with his crew Doomtree’s last album, the brilliantly titled group Marijuana Death Squads and guests spots for artists as eclectic as Gayngs and Dark Time Sunshine, so we can forgive him for taking his time over the new album.

Having heard a new track live when Doomtree supported Yelawolf in London earlier this year, his love of electronic music came to the fore with the bouncing beats kicking the crowd into a frenzy and with Bumper, another track from his upcoming full-length We Don’t Even Live Here, that influence is continued. The pounding drums lay the foundation for a track which on which the rapper boasts “they on some nonsense, we on some non-stop” as the jarring chorus melody and unrelenting bassline do the rest.

If this is a sign of what’s to come from the Minneapolitan, then 2012 is going to be an even bigger year for hip hop. Check out the video of Stef performing the track live and see how long you can last without pressing the reply button. We bet it won’t be more than five seconds.

Abjekt.

Evidence to play London’s Jazz Cafe on July 2nd

Evidence will be heading to Europe this summer for shows which also includes a London date at the Jazz Cafe in Camden on July 2nd. The once rapper of Dilated People’s now on Rhymesayers entertainment dropped his album Cats and Dogs last year which had our thumbs up in here.

Read the review, watch the video for the track Liner Notes below featuring Aloe Blacc. Get those tickets quick.

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

19 June // Mylos // Thessalonki, Greece
20 June // Gargarin // Athens, Greece
21 June // L’Orso Cattivo // Gambieri Settingiano (Cosenza), Italy
22 June // Bosco di Galu // Giugliano in Campania (Naples), Italy
23 June // Touch The Air Festival // Wohlen, Switzerland
25 June // Bizzerzoet // Amsterdam, Netherlands
26 June // La Maroquinerie // Paris, France
27 June // Bazaar // Brussels, Belgium
29 June //High5 Club // Duisburg, Germany
30 June // Peace and Love Festival //Borlange, Sweden
2 July // Jazz Cafe // London, UK
6 July // Roskilde Festival // Roskilde, Denmark

Evidence (Dilated Peoples) EU tour

Brother Ali’s new EP drops

Brother Ali‘s new free EP, The Bite Marked Heart, has hit the web.

We told you about it yesterday and now it’s here to download. The seven track EP features production from Jake One and long-time collaborator Ant [of Atmosphere fame] with guest spots from Stokley Williams, Phonte, Nikki Jean and Aby Wolf.

Listen to the EP on the player below and download it here. Smooth as hell!

Brother Ali – The Bite Marked Heart by rhymesayers

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Brother Ali to hit the UK in May

Brother Ali will be hitting the UK as part of his European Tour in May.

The Rhymesayers MC, who releases his new album Mourning in America, Dreaming in Color this year, will be supported by labelmates Grieves & Budo, who were also part of the successful and sold out Rhymesayers European tour that wowed crowds at the end of last year.

The tour dates are below, as is a video for the track Writer’s Block, produced by Jake One [who is handling all production duties on the new album] to get you in the mood. Tickets for the show are available now and you can find the details here.

10th – London, XOYO
11th – Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
12th – Bristol, The Thekla
13th – Brighton, Green Door Store

I Self Devine drops free mixtape

I Self Devine has put his LA State Of Mind mixtape online.

The Minnesotan rapper, who was previously in Micranots and Semi.Official, is releasing his new solo album The Sounds of Low Class America on May 8th through Rhymesayers Entertainment but will be dropping four mixtapes in the build up to get fans in the mood.

Check out the first of these below and get to know why ISD is so well thought of. The most underrated MC around, this is fresh.

I Self Devine – LA State Of Mind (Free Mixtape) by rhymesayers

Free Brother Ali track

Brother Ali has put a free track up for download.

The Rhymesayers MC will be releasing a new album this year entitled Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color which has been produced entirely by Jake One but to tide fans over, they rapper has put Writer’s Block up for download along with a brilliantly shot video, below.

To download the track head over to the label’s Soundcloud.

Evidence

Cats & Dogs
Rhymesayers Entertainment

When Dilated Peoples MC Evidence announced he was signing to independent rap heavyweights Rhymesayers Entertainment, a number of eyebrows were raised. However, two years down the line, the LA native has finally dropped his second solo album and the label has proved the perfect home for the record, continuing the tradition of fine releases.

This album doesn’t try to be fancy – there’s no sampling obscure hipster indie acts, there’s no turns with Evidence trying his hand at singing – this is a straight up, no holds barred, rap record and it’s all the better for it. Mr Slow Flow laces slamming beats from the likes of long-time friend Alchemist and legendary DJ Premier to fantastic effect, permeated by quality guest spots from the likes of Slug, Aesop Rock, Prodigy of Mobb Deep and Raekwon.

His distinctive voice delivers perfect line after perfect line with lyrics that are both meaningful and yet never convaluted. It says a lot for his talent that he’s able to rap in the way he always did and yet still seem fresh and as such is certain to gain some new fans on this record as well as please his legions of old fans who loved his Weatherman LP so much.

So yes, this is a rap album, nothing more, nothing less. But when you hear his flow over the beats on It Wasn’t Me, You and To Be Continued, you won’t want anything else. Evidence is an underrated gem and hopefully this album will turn more people onto his undoubted talent.

Trillzilla.