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P.O.S gives me Chills

from Google images.
from Google images.

Hello, dear readers!

I’m finally listening to P.O.S’s We Don’t Even Live Here, his fourth studio album. It’s been out for three years.

Talk about slow on the uptake. Still, I’m certainly not the only one drowning in endless hours of various media that I want to view or listen to–music, movies, TV shows, the list goes on and on–but at least I’m making it up to myself now.

While I am not as well versed about the individual members of the Doomtree collective as I’d like to be–still workin’ on that–I do know that each of the Doom unit has their own personal projects.


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P.O.S is a member of Doomtree. He’s also one of the founding members.

While I’ve heard him rap before on the albums that Doomtree has released, I haven’t purchased any of his work until now. Owning one of his albums is a real treat. His poetry, characters, humor, and political views are all laid bare. Instead of being pretentious and alienating his listeners, P.O.S. welcomes his listeners in with charisma. The more I listen to this album of his, the more I hear. I’m just now picking up more of his glorious inside jokes. He’s honest in his lyrics, a personality trait in artists that I respect and love as a music listener.

One of my favorite set of lines comes from “We Don’t Even Live Here.”

this world’s got a whole lot of locked doors

we decided not to live here anymore

found a way to trade tragic for savage

we insist on a life less average

this world’s got a whole lot of locked doors

we decided not to live here anymore

picked through the norm didn’t fit didn’t stick to the script didn’t care

we don’t even live here

What I enjoy about these lyrics–apart from the speed with which P.O.S raps them in the actual song–is the persona’s ability to live his own life. He doesn’t mind not fitting into the obligatory cool crowd; instead, he and his friends are content to create their own set of rules on what’s cool, popular, or fun. The line “we insist on a life less average” suggests that the persona and his friends are determined to shape their own futures. Unlike the rest of mainstream society, where they would probably stick out like sore thumbs for their weird behavior, they feel that they are free to explore new avenues of what the world defines as a job, a fun evening out, and so on. Overall, this song revels in not fitting in with the it crowd. And that’s something that everyone needs to hear.

As the bio about P.O.S states

Like many great rappers, P.O.S creates his own self-contained little microcosm–his characters become familial to us; we get in on his slang and inside jokes. His mother and his son Jacob emerge as familiar personalities. We know his politics too: P.O.S doesn’t hesitate to call out the compounding absurdities of pop culture, either with a little friendly ribbing or with a Molotov cocktail.

– from doomtree.net/p-o-s/

Simply put, P.O.S is an incredible emcee. I can’t wait to get more of his stuff.

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