P.O.S.
Ipecac Neat


3.5
great

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
February 16th, 2013 | 16 replies | 1,978 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stefan Alexander bursts onto the scene with a raw and fiery debut album

Doomtree has carved out their own niche with underground hip-hop, with a stable of distinct personalities backed by the Rhymesayers hype machine. P.O.S. serves as the face and voice of Doomtree and for good reason, as his releases Audition and Never Better showed an MC with a clear voice and an unwillingness to back off his messages. His affinity for experimenting with his sound and production has helped cement his place as a force in the hip-hop world. His love of punk and hardcore has shown through all his releases, none more so than his debut, Ipecac Neat, which displays a young Stefan Alexander raging against everything around him, to varying degrees of success.

Rawness is a huge selling point on Ipecac Neat. P.O.S. lays out vitriolic lines over intriguing and brash beats throughout, making it clear early on that this is an airing of grievances. Whether his aim is at the former President of the United States (“Math-Head Vs. McNugget”), the scene that didn’t accept him (“Kicking Knowledge In The Face”), or his own broken relationships (“That One”). At times his constant hatred being spewed in every direction gets tedious, and P.O.S. has a tendency to collapse his own message through overblown hyperbole. His punk rock past plays a presumed role in this, as that genre’s “do or die” attitude has a long history of lyrical overstatement. These moments of overstatement work better in his more personal songs, such as the aforementioned “That One” (with such moments as ” I'm kind of in the mood to get shot I'm sort of kind of in the mood for suicide by cop”). When P.O.S. is at his most personal is when he is at his strongest. He is not afraid to lay himself bare for the sake of his art.

The beats in many cases serve to offset the straightforwardness of P.O.S. Take for instance “The Kidney Thief,” which has a bouncy bassline and the occasional spacey moments while P.O.S. is hitting fast and hard. It is a pleasant vibe, which is a welcome feeling with the constant barrage of hate coming from the microphone. The beats alternate between moments of intrigue and slight irritation, as it feels not enough chances were taken by the producers (Doomtree mainstays Lazerbeak, MK Larada, and P.O.S. himself.) There is a lot of live instrumentals throughout, with the album occasionally leaning too much in its direction, causing a feeling of monotony to creep in as the album goes on.

P.O.S. proves he is an artist to watch with his debut Ipecac Neat. Despite a few stumbling points, the highs of the album largely make up for it. P.O.S. is a man who want to share his disgust towards the world with the listener, and his conviction is what largely carries Ipecac Neat. P.O.S. takes hard stances and his lyricism belies the fact that Ipecac Neat is a debut album by a twenty three year old from Minneapolis. All in all, Ipecac Neat is a flawed but fascinating debut by a kid with a big future.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really surprised this didn't have a review considering his relative popularity around here

Cygnatti
February 16th 2013



21349 Comments


Sweet album

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013



10011 Comments


Nice review, man. Did you dig WDELH?

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like it a lot more than most haha. My big gripe with the album is that he seems a little too laid back on a lot of the tracks. His next album will be very interesting with his writing being effected by his kidney issues

EaglesBecomeVultures
February 16th 2013



5193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is awesome, record rules and needed a review
bought this when it came out and it really got me into more hip hop
have a pos

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EaglesBecomeVultures
February 16th 2013



5193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Audition > NB = Ipecac > WDELH

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for me it is NB>Audition>WDELH=Ipecac

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013



16081 Comments


i dont care about this

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha never expected you to

EaglesBecomeVultures
February 16th 2013



5193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is for those who can't pay the rent
ran out of toilet paper find the sunday paper wipe your ass with the president
this is for them thugs, who dealt crack but stopped because they saw firsthand what crack does
this is for all the artists, who know their work is just a drop in the ocean but do it anyway, hoping
this is for everybody who carries the worlds weight but stands up straight
put a hand up, try to relate

sixdegrees
February 16th 2013



16838 Comments


Never Better was great, I need to hear the rest of his shit.

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Cygnatti
February 16th 2013



21349 Comments


audition is his best but never better is awesome too

Sanders
February 16th 2013



2341 Comments


Love POS

really sucks that he has kidney trouble

Inveigh
February 17th 2013



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's mostly nostalgia at this point but I still love this album

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2013



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sup Inveigh

Inveigh
February 17th 2013



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what up dog

nice review btw



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