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Never Better (Deluxe Edition)

by P.O.S

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about

P.O.S returns with Never Better, the follow up to 2006’s critically acclaimed Audition. Written mostly in a moving car, P.O.S raps at full clip to ride rolling drums and revving distortion. There’s an urgency that he keeps in careful check, and then unleashes for spring-loaded verses that represent his best work. Never Better enters a room like bombshell with a black eye, badass, noisy, and impossible to ignore. Feedback and relentless drum rolls are only occasionally tempered by sung choruses and clean, chiming guitar lines.

With an unlikely punk rock past and an ever growing loyal hip hop fan base, P.O.S proves he is a rapper with range, a real musician and an unstoppable performer. Don’t mistake Never Better for some hybrid or some contrived crossover project because for P.O.S genres are as they ever were: permeable.

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released February 3, 2009

produced by P.O.S, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger & MK Larada

released by Rhymesayers Entertainment

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Track Name: Been Afraid
Million dollar baby girl in the lower middle class
With a maglite underneath the pillow
And though she never been a boxer by choice
She's known to act oak you never catch her a willow
She's the calm type
You see the small scars
Creepin down her arms
Peeking from her rolled sleeves right
She keeps em weak in the knees
But stay out of sight
And when the school bell rings
It's goodnight
Might as well be
Cause he don't ever see her around
But he looks
For weeks now he's been maybe tomorrow
But he's shook
He see them bruises and he needs to please her
Plus he don't wanna go home either
Gives her a look they pass
Copies down a poem from a schoolbook
Gives it to her after hesitation
Whooped his ass
She took it fast
lost like all sensation in her hands
An braced herself gracefully
Sturdy where she stands
Humble mumbling
Passing the words fumbling
Nothing discouraging just nerves (just)
drumming up the courage
Something bout bikerides or skylines or riverbeds
Something or
Something that he read
Caught her right beneath the armor
Cauterized thought of any
Blunt force trauma
Aint no way he could harm her

When the curse leave a shell like a snake with fresh scales
Some people seem to call that home but some souls roam
Keep riding til the cycle is broke
We aint gotta go through nothing alone

She's in the weather the whole storm
Hugging on her prince his hands to skin warm
Quick out the door no note no forlorn
Cause all they heard was papa don't hit me no more
Buy they couldn't seem to keep the swelling down
How they regretting ever letting out this 3rd child born
But things are getting better now
Cozy sweater now
With her thumbs through the holes in her sleeves worn down
And boy similar
Noise minimal
Toy criminal joys simple when someone's found it in you
Some how it boosts the individual
That blues hue is mutual they
Make love gently
So aware of each others bruises
And sorta scared they could lose this
Trust Bury the blue somewhere it won't bear roots
But is this boy where the truth is
She's spooked see
Fruit never seems to fall far from the useless
Branch that it's attached to
Countless quacks say if he's beat up he's bound to smack you
She's down to step back now
He ever get loud
She wouldn't be proud of whatever she might do
This is the first time she ever felt touch
That didn't bring her to hush like something was being done to her
That unscrews her
She loosens wit the booze
Her hints can stay bent
Addressing her dudes wounds
Regressing to bedrooms where fools ignored don't
He's not one of them tools that screws nuts and bolts
And she know that
And she know that but she holds back
And she hope that he see the way she flinch
Cause it's knee-jerk to brace for attack
Even if he's only rubbing her back
And even if it's like the deck has been stacked
It's not an act he's really loving her back
Hold your heart up
Never raise your hand
She says that with a grownup voice
I'm yours now
She says that like a child
Don't be scared now
The words click
A piece finally fits
I love you
They said that with they lips

When the curse leave a shell like a snake with fresh scales
Some people seem to call that home but some souls roam
Keep riding til the cycle is broke
We aint gotta go through nothing alone