P.O.S. @ First Avenue Mainroom
October 26th, 2012
As if it wasn’t already known that Minneapolis is home to one of the most distinctive, inspiring and supportive hip hop communities in the nation, everyone in attendance at First Avenue on Friday for the “We Don’t Even Live Here” release party reasserted that fact to one another by rocking out and having a great time. Despite his ailing kidneys, P.O.S. delivered yet another hand-raising, jaw-dropping performance. He had to cancel the rest of his tour but P.O.S. still brought his A-game to First Ave, performing new tracks and also a few old favorites.
Less than a week had gone by since the release of his latest album “We Don’t Even Live Here,” yetalmost everyone knew the words to the new songs and sang/rapped along. It seemed like everyone had one of his singles, “F**k Your Stuff,” memorized from start to finish. The crowd went nuts when fellow Doomtree member Sims made his first appearance of the night to perform “They Can’t Come” with the rapper of the evening.The song of the night, no question, had to be “Get Down” featuring Mike Mictlan, who was also one of the opening acts. P.O.S. and Mictlan got the entire crowd to jump up and down together, turning what was already one hell of a rap show into an all-out dance party.
After performing “We Don’t Even Live Here” front to back (with the exception of a pair of songs), P.O.S. dug deep into his repertoire of songs and busted out “Music for Shoplifting,” a classic from his first album. He was then accompanied by the entire Doomtree squad for “Low Light Low Life” as well as a few songs from Doomtree’s latest, “No Kings,” such as “Bolt Cutter” and “Bangarang.” P.O.S. closed out his show with “Purexed,” leaving all of those in attendance elated and quite satisfied.
It must also be mentioned that openers the Tribe and Big Cats!, Audio Perm, and Mike Mictlan all did a great job. There is no doubt that P.O.S. is one of the best live performers around, and it requires a lot of courage and passion to be able to open for him and rap in front of an audience with such high standards for hip hop music. For those of you have never seen a P.O.S. show, I highly encourage you to go to one when he is back at full strength. For those of you who have seen a P.O.S. show, but just couldn’t make it to First Avenue last Friday night and need a fix, do not fret. Doomtree Blowout VIII is just around the corner.Everyone here at Radio K is wishing P.O.S. a speedy recovery so he can get back out on tour and up on stage.
Written by Luke Hochrein, Radio K Volunteer