It's the fourth show of a short 10-day seven-show anniversary tour for Never Better, the classic sophomore LP dropped by Minnesota-native, and Seattle-fan-favorite, Steph Alexander aka P.O.S. in 2009.
A cold night in the emerald city sure did heat up inside the intimate confines of The Crocodile around 9PM when Seattle rap god Onry Ozborne took the mic to warm up the crowd. Osborne was later joined on stage by fellow Seattlite, Katie Kate, and for the final few cuts of his set, his daughter.
Following Onry's set was an unknown to me...Remember Face... a duo that piqued my interest from the outset and continued to hold said interest to their completion. High energy and great dynamics between Chima and Andrew, definitely one to keep your ears on!
Now it was time for the main event. P.O.S. came out to a rabid crowd bathed in hues of blue and purple as he and his DJ set their plans into motion. "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)" lit the fuse and the emcee and DJ played a bit of Russian-roulette with their set-list, randomly allowing the computer to pick the next beat to spark the next match, P.O.S. had a very playful, joyous vibe about him and was really feeling the house.
"Out Of Category", Optimist (We Are Not For Them)", "Purexed", "Savion Glover", "Never Better", and of course, "Let It Rattle"... you get the picture. He played the album just as he did in 2009 at the Nectar Lounge when Darktime Sunshine, Grieves & Budos, and Dessa set the table for him. To catch him again 10 years later was pretty fucking dope. Never Better has never been better, the album is a desert-island-choice for myself, if you were lucky enough to catch him on this 7-city tour, revel in it, I did!