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B&W Notes from the Street

Nat Allister
A review of "Personal Notes" by Lower Class Citizens
Written March 15th, 2017, 1:58 pm by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

SongLadder Editor
The track starts with a sample from the opening of Darren Aronofsky's cult film "Pi," and then moves into a gritty unfolding of smooth, eloquent rhymes about technology, street life, hypocrisy, fashion, capitalism, the music industry, and more. New York's Lower Class Citizens are masters of rough, conscious hip hop, giving equal energy to social commentary and lyrical finesse (many of their rhymes are simply abstract boasts that wash over you like street poetry). And what are they saying with their Aronofsky quote? Maybe that they have stared into the heart of the sun, and can now only see black and white. The racial implications of this (not intended by the film's narrator) are certainly interesting to ponder, whether they were intended by LCC or not.

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