Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Das Mahal Featuring Das Racist and Black Mahal

When: Fri., July 29, 9 p.m. 2011

Not for nothing does the hip-hop group Das Racist describe itself as "part white guilt art project/part science experiment." The three emcees mix pop culture references with post colonial theory, and sample from a wide range of sources. (One of the band's best loops comes from Japanese reggae artist Minmi). It's smart, jokey, and pointedly ironic, all at the same time: Indeed, part of the Das Racist's whole raison d'ĂȘtre is to poke fun at its own cult of fandom. The trio will grace San Francisco this week, accompanied by the equally strange act BlackMahal, a heavily turntable-based band with live horns, drums, bass, keyboards, and two emcees, plus singers. BlackMahal often structures its songs around a loop or sample, rather than using the sample as window dressing. That seems weird in theory but in practice, it works. DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist will round out the bill. At Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco) on Friday, July 29. 9 p.m., $18. MezzanineSF.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $18

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