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1 January, 2000@12:00 am
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 Mr. Eon’s incarnation as “Dick Starbuck” (porno detective), on High & Mighty’s debut, may have ushered in the Smut Peddlers (Eon, DJ Mighty Mi, and Cage) regime. However, the trio’s debut, Porn Again, takes hip-hop’s skinz fetish to new extremes, as it is a collection based solely on the indulgence of everything that can be classified as smut.

Though outlandish, Porn Again is not blazing any new ground conceptually—Too $hort, and Kool Keith (among many) have been finding new ways to fill female orifices for years. Yet, these ill reputes are an entirely different virus, one that requires you to keep some cleanup material handy, which Cage reiterates on “Josie” (“keep the baby wipes closely”). The guilty pleasures this trio provides will surely not endear them to feminist groups. But at least their brand of misogyny is tempered with a tongue in cheek sarcasm that begs clemency for their indiscretions.

Mr. Eon and Cage are the offspring of two twisted minds, as they commingle the straight sleaze of Larry Flynt, with the unpolitically correct humor of Howard Stern. In fact, one of Stern’s more peculiar tagalongs, Beetlejuice, appears frequently, spewing his pimp or die rhetoric on a few bizarre outtakes. Although, judging by his mushmouthed bumbling of the English language it becomes vividly apparent the dwarf like Beetlejuice is not an avid follower of the group, as he is give verbatim instructions on what to say and still flounders mightily.

Though Eon, and Cage offer a slew of potent punchlines, their lyrical exchanges are largely ephemeral, as they’re limited topic-matter becomes predictably insipid over extended listens. However, the volatile chemistry they form pays dividends on “Medicated Minutes”, and Eon’s solo-cut “Diseases”, where he references both his herbal, and oral fixations with equal fervor “smoke with E you gonna have fun/but oh/by the way leave with collapsed lungs.” While Milo’s production on Porn Again has evolved since the keep-it-indy days of Home Field Advantage, tracks like “That Smut” and “Bottom Feeders” show his ability to create a sound just as pornographic as the lyrics. Meanwhile, the hard-hitting production of “Talk Like Sex Part II” (w/ Kool G Rap), the mysticism of “Amazing Feats”, or the mischievous intent of both “Josie” and the LL nod, “My Rhyme Aint Done “, will please longtime followers of the crew.

Porn Again does it’s best to test your tolerance for filth, as it’s sarcastic personality helps tread the line between what’s funny and what’s disgusting, while Milo’s well-executed production sews it all together.

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