Emcee | Producer

P.O.S built his reputation as an innovator, with an unlikely punk rock past and expressive, honest content. He re-earns the accolades with every release. He manages to capture his charisma on his records; they’re driving and sincere, the dark moments counterbalanced by some giggling banter with the engineer.

As a little kid, Stef developed a fascination with an older cousin’s bass guitar. Stef was allowed to take it home and he banged on it happily for years before realizing that it was intended to be played through an amp. “I just thought it was supposed to be a quiet instrument.” As a teenager, he fell hard for punk rock. Minor Threat, At the Drive-In, Refused, Kid Dynamite. He played in a series of hardcore bands, sometimes as a drummer, sometimes on guitar and vocals. From the start, he preferred basement shows to club gigs. Simultaneously, he pursued hip hop, rapping in the hallways and after school with classmates who would eventually found Doomtree Records. P.O.S released his first rap record, Ipecac Neat, on Doomtree in 2003. Soon it was re-released and widely distributed on Rhymesayers Entertainment. He built on this momentum with the release of the albums Audition (2005) and Never Better (2009).

Like many great rappers, P.O.S creates his own self-contained little microcosm-his characters become familial to us; we get in on his slang and inside jokes. His mother and his son Jacob emerge as familiar personalities. We know his politics too: P.O.S doesn’t hesitate to call out the compounding absurdities of pop culture, either with a little friendly ribbing or with a Molotov cocktail. On Never Better he drops deft one-liners that cut to the quick of America’s stuff-obsessed culture, “Can’t take it with them can they?

Some critics will be eager to categorize P.O.S’ work as a hybrid, a crossover of some kind. But it’s probably not. P.O.S is a rapper with range, he’s a real musician and an unstoppable performer. For him, genres are as they ever were: permeable.


Ipecac Neat
Never Better
We Don’t Even Live Here

P.O.S's Blog

Tuesdays With P.O.S

Posted on September 22, 2015

Hey all you people
This is totally not Lazerbeak!
It’s Tuesdays with P.O.S

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I’m taking over this week. A quick recap of what’s been up in Doomtree world fast and rad. We just wrapped up the last of our run with RIOT FEST! Thanks to everyone that came out in Denver, Chicago and last weekend in Toronto. All of the shows were mega nuts. Highlights for me were watching Rancid play And Out Come The Wolves flawlessly from top to bottom followed immediately by Weezer playing The Blue Album, also flawlessly. I was amazed at how quickly and easily I was thrown into memories of high school, skateboarding until I had blisters, and learning how to play guitar along to those albums. Super fun. We also played Rifflandia Fest in Victoria, BC. Also a crazy good time, and although we didn’t see any other bands for that one, there was for sure a stand up comedy club in the basement of the hotel. We saw one decent comedian and a couple better ones. I laughed out loud in real life. (LOLIRL)

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So snappers, also, last week a few of us had the pleasure of opening up for the straight up dude Hannibal Buress. Thanks to anyone that was there and not totally weirded out by rap at the comedy show. Peace to everyone who chair danced and put they hands up whilst sitting down. And peace to the ultimate homie DJ Tony Trimm! Coming so so so so soon is the got dam DOOMTREE ZOO!


I truly cannot explain how excited I am for this show. Every act on the bill holds a special spot in my chest on this one. From the ultimate homie Open Mike Eagle to the straight up best hardcore punk bank out right now (imo) Trash Talk, this thing is gonna be outstanding. Aesop Rock is my favorite rapper (of all time? Prolly!) and Shabazz Palaces have been pushing the genre of hip hop further and further with every release. I can’t say enough about this lineup. I just can’t. IF YOU DONT HAVE A TICKET GET THAT TICKET! You don’t wanna miss it. It’s the LAST outdoor party of the year (prolly) and we have a TON planned for you to see and be a part of. Kid friendly all day with bouncy house facepainty action and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Inflatable thing things and bonkers ass other stuff. As it gets dark we are pulling out all the stops. We want the sweetest lights and installations anyone has busted out at any of these festivals guys all year. All of it topped by the best lineup and hopefully the best live Doomtree show of the year. We are well practiced from nearly a year of touring All Hands and things are feeing tight! Get them tickets people. Get two. Give one to your neighbor. It’s a shame we don’t give gifts to our neighbors, guys, am I right or nah?


Bunch of shows coming up before then too. We take off tomorrow for a handful of dates on the East Coast with Speedy Ortiz AND Serengeti opening up! Stacked bill. Get your tickets for those shows here while you still can.


And we just announced a new run of dates for our ongoing Off in the Deep Tour. Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, and Madison: We’re coming for you. Check out all the new dates below. Tickets go on sale this Friday morning at 10:00am local time. Come see us and celebrate All Hands one last time before we all put our faces back into our rapperbooks and get back to working on our next solo records and having babies and doing backflips and stuff. Again, tickets right here!!

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Okay, we have some hard stuff going on too. Our crew, our friends, as well as our city, our world, lost a real light this week. Our friend, Andre Durand died over this past weekend. He was a great friend, director, cinematographer, adventurer.. A truly daring and truly bold man. He is, and will be missed by anyone that knew him. I personally will remember him for his confident and inviting attitude, and his beautiful work as a cinematographer. I will remember counting on him for a good true laugh and smile. I’m going to miss him. A memorial fund has been set up for his family, please throw in a lot or a little.

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To hopefully lighten it up a little, here’s a bonus pic that Andi took of Lincoln throwing rap hands at some flowers while wearing rain boots and a sweater with shorts. He’s never getting a haircut.


Oh double snappers!! Forgot to say about the DOOMTREE ZOO AFTER PARTY! It’s gonna be a sweet ass after ZOO get down with Andrew Broder and Fundo doing DJ stuff, Young Baby Ander Other doing computer stuff, and special guest rappers and whatnot. Limited space at the BEDLAM Theater a few blocks from CHS Field where the ZOO be. Get tickets to that here! And the ZOO here.

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Okay see you later on!

- Stef


Posted on September 30, 2014

ASTRONOMICALLY HUGE NEWS DAY: Yes, you read the heading correctly. This December will mark the tenth and final Doomtree Blowout. 


Before the rumors ever have a chance of flying around, let’s make one thing clear: This in no way marks the end of Doomtree. When we all met up earlier this year to start planning the big Blowout X, we got to thinking about how incredibly lame and boring the idea of ever throwing a Blowout 11 sounded (let alone a Blowout 18). We’ve been talking for awhile now about wanting to switch things up a bit and challenge ourselves to create new traditions moving forward. With the retrospective Every Single Day book out this past summer and a brand new crew album on the horizon early next year, this just seemed like the perfect time to put an exclamation point on the last decade of awesomeness and close out an important chapter before gearing up for a truly insane 2015. So that’s pretty much that in a nutshell. Now for the glorious details.

12/6-12/13. Saturday to Saturday. 10 events in 8 days. Every hour on the hour we’ll be announcing the details of each unique day’s schedule. For our first show we’ll be taking it over the river to St. Paul and kicking things off  at the newly renovated Turf Club!

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Keep coming back every hour for new details on all eight days! Huge shouts to our sponsors at The Current,, and Surly. Equally huge shouts to the great organizations that we’ll be donating a portion of all Blowout sales to: Southside Family Nurturing CenterAnimal Humane Society, Hope Community Center, Domestic Abuse Project, and Kicker Project. Sign up for the Doomtree Mailing List HERE to get a shot at ticket pre-sales this Thursday. Otherwise, the public on-sale starts at noon this Friday, and a bunch of us will be at The Depot at 4:30 on Friday selling tickets hand to hand.

10:00am UPDATE: Sunday is Surly Doomtree Day! We’re keeping the details on this one pretty close to the chest for now, but here’s the gist. For those that don’t know, Surly is a local beer company that has been killing the game for quite awhile now. We hung out with these guys a lot over the summer and realized how similar the Doomtree and Surly build-it-from-the-ground-up stories are, so we decided to use one of the Blowout days to showcase and bring together our two different worlds of music and beer. Full details coming soon. Stay tuned!

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11:00am UPDATE:  Monday 12/8 we’ll be rocking a super small and intimate show at Icehouse! This night will be a big showcase of all the different musical endeavors our individual members get into when we’re not working on a new crew record. Side projects, tomfoolery, and tons of friends. Anybody’s guess really. Going to be insane.


12:00pm UPDATE: Doomtree loves the kids! On Tuesday 12/9 we’re christening it Kids Day. Members of Doomtree will be visiting various schools throughout the Twin Cities in the morning and afternoon; reading books to pre-schoolers, teaching workshops with junior high kids, and writing raps with the big high schoolers. Then at night we take it back to the Triple Rock for a huge all ages show. A show for the (all) ages if you will. Dad jokes!

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1:00pm UPDATE: This is a special one. Wednesday 12/10 marks the exact ten-year anniversary of the very first Doomtree Blowout (to the date!). So it only made sense to take things back to the Varsity Theater where everything began. It’s real sentimental for us right now. Our friends at TPT will also be filming this event for a special episode of their Lowertown Line show. TEN YEARS! Crazed.


2:00pm UPDATE: Now it’s time to bring it all back home to First Avenue, our favorite venue in the entire world and the prime location of every Blowout since our second one. Thursday 12/11 will be an 18+ show in the First Avenue Mainroom. It will be guaranteed NUTZ.


3:00pm UPDATE: Day 7 of the #LastBlowoutEver will be an epic doubleheader. We’ll start things off at The Current at noon for a live taping, performance, and interview in the acclaimed UBS Forum (more details on how to score passes to that event coming real soon). Then we take things right back to First Ave for our second 18+ show over there before Saturday’s final event. Maaaaaaan this is gonna a fun week.


4:00pm UPDATE: THE GRAND FINALE! Our tenth and final event will conclude with the last night in a three-night stand at First Avenue. In my opinion the Doomtree Blowout and First Ave are pretty much synonymous with each other at this point. We basically grew up at this venue. I couldn’t imagine closing out the #LastBlowoutEver anywhere else. This one’s for the grown folks. 21+ and I’m sure plenty rowdy. Going out with one hell of a bang.


BAM! So there you have it. 10 events in 8 days. The last Doomtree Blowout ever. Thanks for following along all day to the hour by hour announcements. If you’ve already signed up for the Doomtree Mailing List, expect an email shortly with special pre-sale ticket information. Otherwise tickets will officially go on sale to the public at 12:00pm CST on Friday. If you’re in the Twin Cities, come on  down to The Depot at 4:30pm on Friday and buy your tickets directly from us. We’ll have 50 “ALL IN” passes that will grant you access to all of the ticketed events, if you’re looking to make a real week out of it (must be 21+, only available in person at The Depot). So excited to have all this news out into the world. Here’s a quick rundown just in case your head is spinning like mine right now.


Four Fists 7″ Release & Pre-Order Announce

Posted on September 03, 2013

HUGE NEWS DAY! FOUR FISTS, the new(ish) group comprised of P.O.S and Astronautalis, are releasing their debut 7″ on October 8th via Doomtree Records. Here is the insane cover art by designer extraordinaire Eric Carlson to prove it’s really real.


So excited. This collaboration has been in the works for quite some time, and we are super pumped to unleash these first two songs while Stef and Andy plug away on their forthcoming full length. And even though the 7″ doesn’t officially drop until October, we’ve still got something brand new for you to hear right now. The good people over at Village Voice just debuted A-side “MMMMMHMMMMM” over on their site. Read what they have to say about it right HERE for an  in depth interview with Astronautalis, and be one of the first to stream the single on the Soundcloud player below.

YESSSSS! And if that weren’t enough, the one they call Young Baby Ander Other has just put together yet another highly informative action packed promo video. Killing it. Check out the crazy strobed out vizualz below, and get AMPED.

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OK, if you made it all the way through that vid you know that all of this very exciting news leads us to one of the craziest and highly limited pre-orders we’ve ever attempted. Here’s the deal: We printed this 7″ up on four different colors of vinyl (blue, white, red, and clear), and each color has been limited to only 500 total copies. As we’ve done in the past, the pre-order is available in both standard and deluxe options. Here’s what you’ll get with the standard pre-order:


- Your choice of blue, white, red, or clear vinyl signed by both P.O.S and Astronautalis (limited to 500 of each color)

- “MMMMMHMMMMM” digital download link emailed to you upon purchase

- Digital download of both tracks AND instrumental versions delivered with the physical product

All of that for only $9.99. Click HERE for ordering info. And now to up the ante a bit, here are the crazy deluxe bundle details.




You’ll receive everything from the standard pre-order (autographed colored vinyl, digital downloads), as well as the following two extremely exclusive items:

- Limited-edition screenprinted Four Fists t-shirt. This shirt was designed exclusively for the pre-order by Eric Carlson, and it will not be made available outside of the pre-order ever again. Crazy columns of fists printed on the front, “6666″ logo printed on the back. Men’s sizes come in mint (shown above), and women’s sizes come in a slightly brighter turquoise. This shirt is the best.

- Limited-edition antique gold Four Fists pin. This heavy duty 1-1/2″ pin was made specifically for the pre-order, and only 1,000 total pieces have been manufactured.

All of that for only $29.99. Click HERE to check out even more pics and place your order.




BAM! There you have it. The ALL FOUR FISTS EVERYTHING post. Make sure to check out the Doomtree Webstore to grab this stuff while it’s still available, and help us spread the word about the project if you have a free second. As always, we truly appreciate your support. I’ll see you back here next week for another regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I’ll leave you with another Lion King/Circle of Life style Bonus Jam from the very top of this post. Flawless segue streak intact! MMMMMHMMMMM indeed.


– Beak

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Upcoming P.O.S Shows

Posted on June 13, 2013


No shows announced at the moment.

P.O.S Health Situation & Tour Cancellation

Posted on October 19, 2012

P.O.S has to cancel his entire fall tour (with the exception of the First Avenue show on 10/26) and has to postpone future tour plans due to his need to have a kidney transplant. Please watch the following video statement from Stef explaining his medical situation.

Stef talking on his kidney transplant & canceling his tour:

All tour ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Our dude is gonna get a kidney, and get better.  We’ll let you know how you can help soon.

UPDATE: In response to the outpouring of concern for our friend Stef, we’ve set up a PayPal account on his behalf.  If you’d like to make a donation, you can direct it to:   The money will go straight to him. We’ll be launching a proper campaign soon, but were overrun by a lot of people eager to help now.  Thank you.  For real.  Let’s get this guy patched up.

– Doomtree





Posted on August 15, 2012

We Don’t Even Live Here, out October 22nd via Rhymesayers Entertainment, is the fourth solo album from Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S. It’s a tight, bombastic record that builds on the Minneapolis-bred rapper and producer’s penchant for grinding beats and radical lyrics. But at the same time, WDELH marks a change — in sound and in attitude.

Known for welding hip-hop with guitar squalls and screamed vocals, on WDELH P.O.S. steps away from his noisy past in favor of futuristic beats fit for a Berlin nightclub. Though his hip-hop foundation is firm on tracks like the fiery “Fuck Your Stuff” and the funky “Wanted/Wasted,” the album brings banging new sounds from dance-oriented collaborators like German DJs Boyz Noise & Housemeister, Gayngs’ Ryan Olson, and Innerpartysystem’s Patric Russel

Also along for the ride are Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon (who lends his shapeshifting vocals to the heartfelt bear-hug of an anthem “Where We Land”) and P.O.S.’ trusted Doomtree co-conspirators Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, and Sims. Bringing it all into focus is all-star producer and mix engineer Andrew Dawson (P.O.S’s former high school classmate), who has worked on platinum releases from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Fun.

Track listing:
1. Bumper [listen // watch // iTunes // Amazon]
2. Fuck Your Stuff [listen // watch // iTunes // Amazon]
3. How We Land feat. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver
4. Wanted/Wasted feat. Astronautalis
5. They Can’t Come feat. Sims
6. Lock-picks, Knives, Bricks and Bats
7. Fire In The Hole/Arrow To The Action
8. Get Down feat. Mike Mictlan
9. All Of It
10. Weird Friends (We Don’t Even Live Here)
11. Piano Hits feat. Isaac Gale of Marijuana Deathsquads

Buy WE DON’T EVEN LIVE HERE today from / Fifth Element // iTunesDeluxe / Explicit / Clean / Instrumental


No shows announced at the moment.


Posted on December 01, 2011


And a big one. The entire Doomtree crew will balance on two axles and make our way around the United States (and a few Canadian cities to boot). More tour dates to be announced soon.

Advance presale tickets for the No Kings tour are on sale right now here. Use the login “doomtree” and password “tickets” to gain access to the presale!

Without further ado….

No shows announced at the moment.

No shows announced at the moment.

P.O.S SPIN Session

Posted on May 13, 2010


Posted on December 04, 2009

go to THIS SITE> and vote for P.O.S in Spin.



Posted on October 30, 2009

Peeps game, thanks Kanye.