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Poets of Another Breed

Creamed Corn

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Poets of Another Breed
Creamed Corn
(self-released)

Poets of Another Breed, a six-man ensemble from Akron who, in their own words, "don't give a damn," aspire to be Northeast Ohio's answer to the Beastie Boys on their debut, which was recorded by Cyde's Shawn Hackel at his Grooveyard Studios in Akron. While many of the tracks here have an infectious, funky groove to them (for example, the undulating bass riff in "Rough Season" and the head-bobbing, stop-and-go funk of "Tip the Scales"), the simple-minded rhymes sound more like the work of restless frat boys than microphone fiends -- or "poets," for that matter.

Given the fact that the production on Creamed Corn is so sharp (especially on the two remixes included), it's hard to understand why the Poets of Another Breed -- which includes MCs Joe "Interrupt" Chuita and Kevin "Matosphere" Matos, drummer Patrick "Raunchy P" McNulty, DJ Kevin "Kevlar" Carr, bassist Chris "C.N.N." Sykora, and keyboardist Casey "Misc." King -- chose to include snippets from some of its live performances. "Cream of the Crop" includes a spoken-word interlude that was recorded live at Peabody's DownUnder in 1997, when the band opened for the Sugarhill Gang; the group took the intro to "Love Shades" from a 1997 appearance with Kid Rock at the Daily Double in Akron. These live segments are so disjunctive, they suggest the band simply included them for the sake of establishing some kind of credibility. An answering machine message left by McNulty's mother and an outro about a sleazy promoter who tries to convince women to wrestle topless in creamed corn are equally inane.

Despite their ability to goad each other on, Chuita and Matos don't have anything significant to write about -- when they're not dropping rhymes about shopping at secondhand stores ("Thriftin'"), they resort to the usual chest-thumping that juvenile MCs engage in (tracks such as "Fluid," "'Fraid of Heights," and "Copycat"). -- Niesel

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