Alec Reinstein (born May 7, 1982), better known by his stage name Despot, is an American hip hop artist from Queens, New York City. He was signed to rapper El-P's label Definitive Jux in 2004. Despot has been a part of the New York underground rap scene for over a decade. Despot is associated with the Smart Crew collective and a co-owner of Santos Party House.[1] Despot was one of the original hosts of Time Crisis, alongside Ezra and Cousin Asher, and makes appearances more infrequently after the show's move to LA.

Social Media

Twitter - @despotroast
Instagram - @despotroast


Episode No. Date Details
1 July 12, 2015
2 July 26, 2015
3 August 9, 2015 In Los Angeles
8 October 18, 2015
11 November 29, 2015 Tells a story about almost fighting Justin Bieber at Coachella
14 January 31, 2016 Despot proclaims his support for Donald Trump in the presidential election
18 May 22, 2016 The dark history of Doritos and PepsiCo
19 June 5, 2016 Juggalos, 1999, and PepsiCo
87 February 24, 2019 Declared to be the President of TC East
93 May 19, 2019 Interviewed during his attendance of Vampire Weekend's album release show at Webster Hall


Episode No. Date Details
4 August 23, 2015 Mentioned as having gone back to New York, thus absent from the episode
5 September 6, 2015 Absence is mentioned
7 October 4, 2015 Absence is mentioned
9 November 1, 2015 Absence is mentioned
17 May 8, 2016 Vampire Weekend's "Step (feat. Danny Brown, Heems & Despot)" is played
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