Northern California duo, NOBLE POETS, has come to shine a light on the darker side of life.  Jevon ‘ODW’ Barnes and Caleb May are bringing an honest, earnest brand of Hip Hop, derived from real life to real fans of the genre.

Discovered by Brian ‘Head’ Welch of KORN, NOBLE POETS brings something fresh to the scene.  “I met Jevon around 2012 and it didn’t take long to realize how much we had in common. Years ago, after hearing some of his demos, I noticed right away there was something appealing about Jevon’s flow and how he opened himself up so completely with his lyrics,” Welch explains.  “No flash, no pretense, just REAL life and real suffering laid out, in order to connect with others.  With the addition of Caleb, the missing ingredient was discovered and the formation of Noble Poets was the logical next step. I really believe Noble Poets put something together that goes deeper than just music and will affect their fans in a profound way.”

The new track and video for NOBLE POETS’ debut single, “Never Fit In,” speaks to the trauma caused by domestic violence.  The video was inspired by Barnes’ real-life experiences.  He brings forth his story in order to help others deal with the trauma that is so prevalent in society.

The organization Futures Without Violence ( lays out statistics to show the need for more talk about violence against children.

“The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) launched in 1995 found a significant relationship between childhood experiences of abuse and violence and a host of negative adult physical and mental health outcomes, including depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse.” *

At the finish of the “Never Fit In” video, NOBLE POETS provides info on where those in need can get help.  This is the logical progression of Barnes’ youth outreach over the years – always doing what he can to set young people on the right path.

This is the first single from NOBLE POETS forthcoming album, due out in 2022.


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