Born in 1981, Stefon Alexander, who is better known by his stage name of P.O.S., is a vocalist, hip-hop artist and rapper. The performer is known for his work in alternative hip-hop as well as in the hardcore punk scene. P.O.S. first burst onto the music scene in the late 1990s when he was in the punk outfits The Degenerates and Om, for a while. Later, P.O.S. would go on to become a founding member of a hip-hop collective known as Doomtree. Other members of the Minneapolis-based group included Dessa, Paper Tiger and Cecil Otter. As well as his work as a solo rap performer and a member of Doomtree, P.O.S. fronts a punk band called Building Better Bombs, in which he sings and plays the guitar. The musician is also a vocalist and keyboard player for the electronic noise band Marijuana Deathsquads, which formed in 2009.
P.O.S.'s career milestones
P.O.S. first released a solo EP in 2002. This was a work that was given the title Falsehopes, which he made with Cecil Otter, his co-collaborator in Doomtree. The EP and his previous album – which had been recorded as part of duo named Cenospecies, with DJ Anomaly – brought the rapper to the attention of Rhymesayers Entertainment, the label that is also the home of acts such as Brother Ali, DJ Babu and I Self Devine. As a result, P.O.S. signed to the record label in 2004 and they re-released the rapper's debut solo album, a work that had received only a little attention with Doomtree. Called Ipecac Neat, this 16-track LP featured contributions from Emily Bloodmobile, MK Larada and Lazerbeak, among others.
By 2006, P.O.S. had released his second studio album, Audition, which featured many of the same performers. The work also included Tasha Baron on keyboards, Turbo Nemesis providing scratches and Jesse Greene on violin. The track “Safety In Speed (Heavy Metal)” also included the musicianship of Craig Finn, best known for his work with Hold Steady, an indie rock band from Brooklyn in New York.
The following year, the Doomtree collective, including P.O.S., released an album that included his raps on tracks such as “Flex” and “Savion Glover”, among others. A third solo LP came out in 2009. This was called Never Better and it reached number 106 in the US Billboard 200 charts, topping the Top Heatseekers charts as well. In 2012, the commercial success of Never Better was topped by We Don't Even Live Here, which made it to number 47 in the album charts. It also peaked at number nine as an independent album. A fifth album was released by the rapper in January of 2017.
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