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Alt-rapping Perceptionists trade their black vocals so they can share their black lives

If the crowd at the Perceptionists' exultant CD-release gig March 24 was even 10 percent black, the Bowery Ballroom has a balcony I don't know about. But though these white kids may have been tourists, they weren't slumming or playing bad—insofar as they romanticize blacks, it's about the rebel status and moral clarity of what the title song calls "the most imitated culture on this Earth." Onstage, Lif especially put flesh on these abstractions—enjoying every second, he always looked like his head was in the game, and his gesturing left hand was as graceful as a hula dancer's. But it was Ak who delivered the lines: "It's black dialogue—go ahead, kid, try it on/It's much harder to master than precision with firearms/Corny niggas switch it up and rent it to Viacom/But it was taught to me early on by my Mom."

At the Bowery Ballroom, March 24
photo: David Atlas
At the Bowery Ballroom, March 24

Amen, brother.

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