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Kerbloki
Poisonous Plants
Lucid Records

Rating: 4/10 ?


March 15, 2005
Licensed to Ill was a classic: goofy white boys really could make dope hip-hop by managing silliness and respect all in the same breath. But that was 1986, and this is almost 20 years later.

South Carolina residents Kerbloki's press sheet provides fair warning: "For fans of the Beastie Boys, Atom and His Package, The Streets, 80s and new style rap and hip-hop." This is a precarious combination, and if not mixed together just right, it will explode right in your face.

MC's Urban Myth and the Chip (or M.J. and J.B. as the case may have it) rhyme high-pitched squeals over futuristic b-boy breaks, and come off sounding something like N2Deep (remember "Back to the Hotel"?) fronted by Adrock. "From the mic stand to my right hand/All across the land people just don't understand," raps one of the two, and this is probably true, but not for the reasons they would have you believe.

This EP's failings are not due to lack of effort. Kerbloki seems to earnestly believe in the "boom-clap" that is part of their rhetoric. But keeping it "fresh, fun, and real" doesn't good hip-hop make. The vocals are tinny and soaked in effects - which may actually be a good thing as Kerbloki's cadence and flow aren't exactly Nas or Doom caliber. And the blippy beats come off more like second-tier video game backing tracks than the futuro-throwback style that they appear to be mimicking. It's time to go back to the lab, Kerbloki, and all the best to you.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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