The latest project from the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Rhymesayers is, like most of its indie rap, a smart and hard mix of punk and hip-hop.

The latest project from the Minneapolis hip-hop collective Rhymesayers is, like most of its indie rap, a smart and hard mix of punk and hip-hop. "First of all, f*** Bush," P.O.S. shouts over the metallic-tasting fusion of Tom Morello and industrial noise. On this impressive sophomore outing, P.O.S. sticks to the Eminem style of off-kilter beat riding, and he and his producers scatter goth effects all over the place. Guest turns come from Rhymesayers all-star Slug, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady (who contributes the line "The posters in the lobby of the theater called it 'Predator' / I called it weak and unwatchable, Carl Weathers and two future governors, it's really unacceptable") and Greg Attonito of Bouncing Souls. P.O.S' lyrics can be too cool for school -- his punkish rants are sharp like a razor, even if we have no idea what he's got against Fresca -- but his soundscapes come off looming like the monster in the hills. -- Jeff Vrabel

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