Album Review: P.O.S – Chill, dummy

By Marvin Dotiyal, Staff Writer
[Rhymesayers; 2017]
Rating 7/10

Key Tracks: “Gravedigger,” “Sleepdrone/Superposition Video,” “Wearing a Bear”

Nowadays, it’s hard to find rap music that’s genuine to its own when there are comical rappers like Lil Yachty and Ugly God flooding the rap industry. In P.O.S‘ latest release, Chill, dummy, P.O.S introduces and defends his own world of rap music.

P.O.S is involved in many experimental projects, handpicking his own ingredients from a wide spectrum of musical influences ranging from hip-hop to hardcore punk. Instead of resorting to generic trap beats and laughable lyrics like some rappers, P.O.S keeps it real with unique instrumentation and gritty but insightful bars.

“Wearing a Bear” starts off with a steady hip-hop beat accompanied by a mellow bass line. In this track, P.O.S spits fire right in your face while addressing current issues including racism and the BLM movement. It has a very “old-school gangsta rap” vibe to it, but P.O.S spices it up with some synth jabs here and there.

“Sleepdrone/Superposition Video” is an 8-minute track, and it is definitely one of the more experimental tracks on the album. The instrumentation is absolutely one of a kind, along with its song structure. Starting off with an eerie, space-like synth, this track uses a lot of small snippets of vocal samples and LFO sound effects. If you dig Death Grips, this might be your cup of tea.

On the other hand, songs such as “Gravedigger” and “Infinite Scroll” are relaxing and laid back. They both sound more modern and simple compared to rest of the album, however that doesn’t make them any worse.

In short, Chill, dummy gives listeners a refreshing look at rap music—this album “deviates” from the norm of modern rap music. Chill, dummy is more than just your average rap album with 808 drum beats and heavy bass; it’s a work of honesty and authenticity, which is something most rap artists lack today.

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