The Posterz are an upstart Montreal crew currently exuding that combustible energy unique to unwieldy young rap groups. When I’m watching the video for “Want It All,” from their recent Junga EP, it reminds me of Odd Future if they had more of a Tribe sensibility or A$AP Mob if they were still kids. When only the audio is on, I think of Kendrick Lamar doing his best ODB impression.
But the point isn’t which classic and modern influences are swirling in the mix; the point is that they’re building something exciting out of them, something fresh. The beats are raw and retro but just polished enough to shine. The lyrics are delivered with a swagger that makes even boilerplate rap boasts sound like radical declarations of power. They scream “Fuck a cop!” on the hook and joke “No, you can’t use this fucking part of the beat to make a loop” during a breakdown between verses. “Then we came up, fucked the game up” — let’s hope so.
The Posterz have a couple big shows this Saturday, 12/5 in Montreal. They’re opening for Vince Staples at the Belmont, and later that night they’re headlining Alexander Spit’s SPITSET party at Apt. 200.