Whenever someone says "oh, I like all kinds of music except hip-hop" I usually follow with saying they need to check out P.O.S.'s "Never Better." It's the kind of album that is more punk than most of the skinny jeaned pop-punk models could hope to be ... full of attitude, a gritty exterior, and if that doesn't open your mind to hip-hop a little bit, there's no hope for you.
That recommendation still stands by the way -- if you've never jumped into this genre, get "Never Better" tonight, turn it up, and come talk to me tomorrow. You're welcome.
Well, the rapper is back on October 23rd with his latest, "We Don't Even Live Here" -- and after a complete spin through I've got another recommendation for you: go pre-order this thing right now. It's so good it makes me laugh. In a weird way the first two tracks released, which also lead the album, may be the worst ones on the entire disc. That's scary. What I love about this album is that it keeps you guessing through each track. Nothing ever ends quite where you think it will, the beats are never quite what you'd expect, and the lyrics hold absolutely nothing back. Songs shift in the middle, guest appearances enhance and don't detract, and I would be shocked if "Where We Land" doesn't end up becoming the kind of song everyone's talking about by the end of the year. One of those "must hear" kind of things. Yeah, can't recommend this one enough.
Don't write off anything just because of the genre -- you could be missing out on your next obsession.