Black Dialogue

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Black Dialogue
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)
GenreHip hop
LabelDefinitive Jux
ProducerDJ Fakts One, El-P, Cyrus the Great, Willie Evans Jr., Camu Tao
The Perceptionists chronology
Black Dialogue
Singles from Black Dialogue
  1. "Memorial Day"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Blo"
    Released: 2005
  3. "Black Dialogue"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Clubmixed[3]
City Pagesfavorable[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[6]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]

Black Dialogue is the debut studio album by American hip hop group The Perceptionists. It was released on March 22, 2005 under Definitive Jux.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Black Dialogue received an average score of 81% based on 7 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[1]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying, "Lif and Akrobatik have a long history, so they sound natural as brainy verse-swapping partners, and they're sharp throughout, whether they have their sights set on the Bush Administration or are simply batting boasts back and forth."[2] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club said, "on the whole, Black Dialogue emerges as a triumph, an impassioned 12-track hip-hop manifesto even a mother could love, assuming of course, she hasn't affixed a Bush/Cheney sticker on the bumper of the family station wagon."[3]

Dylan Hicks of City Pages called it "a leftist party record: alarmed but not paranoid, disgusted but not defeated, convinced that radicals are born on the dance floor and thus never guilty about composing love raps and having a good time."[5] Derek Beres of XLR8R said, "Social theory and musical aesthetic find kindred partnership on Black Dialogue."[9]

Rolling Stone placed it at number 36 on the "Top 50 Records of 2005" list.[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."Let's Move"DJ Fakts One2:59
2."People 4 Prez"El-P2:21
4."Memorial Day"Cyrus the Great3:33
5."Love Letters"Willie Evans Jr.4:11
6."Black Dialogue"Willie Evans Jr.3:06
7."Frame Rupture"El-P3:22
8."What Have We Got to Lose?!?"Cyrus the Great2:46
9."Party Hard" (featuring Camu Tao and Guru)Camu Tao3:50
10."Career Finders" (featuring Humpty Hump)DJ Fakts One3:45
11."5 O'Clock" (featuring Phonte)DJ Fakts One4:05
12."Breathe in the Sun"Willie Evans Jr.3:58


Chart Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[11] 41
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 42


  1. ^ a b c "Black Dialogue by The Perceptionists". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Black Dialogue - The Perceptionists". AllMusic. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (March 29, 2005). "The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Vrabel, Jeff (March 24, 2005). "The Perceptionists". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 26, 2005. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Hicks, Dylan (April 20, 2005). "The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue". City Pages. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Endelman, Michael (March 28, 2005). "Black Dialogue (2005) - The Perceptionists". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Cowie, Del F. (April 1, 2005). "Perceptionists - Black Dialogue". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Heaton, Dave (March 16, 2005). "The Perceptionists: Black Dialogue". PopMatters. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Beres, Derek (March 1, 2005). "The Perceptionists - Black Dialogue". XLR8R. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Top 50 Records of 2005". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 30, 2005. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Perceptionists - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "The Perceptionists - Chart history - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2015.

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