Voted Scene's artist of the year in 2000 and top hip-hop act in 2000 and '01, Poets of Another Breed get extra points for their CD titles (see Hip Replacement) as well as their intricate live-band grooves and crossover spitting. Honeypot flexes a muscular narrative flow over an expertly assembled jazz-noir track that could pass for Portishead on "Snuk." Phonologic digs deep and finds spring-loaded loops for "Dime a Dozen" and "Stabsed," while its quirky flow moves from old school to new. Gator plays fast and loose with the language in "Symphony of Chaotic Shit," rapping over a downbeat drum-bass-piano track. His grammar isn't broken -- it's bent to his will. As are we.