Release Date: Sep 11, 2007
Record label: Aftermath
P.O.S. :: Chill, dummyDoomtree RecordsAuthor: Patrick TaylorI've been a fan of Stefon "P.O.S." Alexander since his debut nearly 10 years ago. On "Audition" and 2009's "Never Better," he proved himself to be one of the few artists who could successfully meld punk rock and hip-hop. Fellow Minnesotans ….
The great ones rise to the occasion. Kanye West gets more credit than he deserves, but his production is top of the line, and his awareness of his place in hip-hop history is on point. That's what separates his Graduation from 50 Cent's Curtis: West is progressive where 50 sounds redundant. Graduation prompts optimism for Kanye's future, while Curtis leaves listeners nostalgic for a time when 50's songs sounded original, the effort authentic.