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. 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.