But the most mind-blowing moment is "Doorstep, Girl." There the duo flow over Morrissey specifically, the Smiths' single-mom scenario "This Night Has Opened My Eyes." Sinister, whose mother, Diane, gave him a copy of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis when he was young, taps into his own version of Moz's melancholic and literary approach to lyric writing, addressing a girl who "turned my open heart into an abyss."
"Before the album I really got my heart broke," Sinister says when asked about his words. "I think the best thing is that Kirb really told me, 'Man, just talk about what's goin' on.' "
"A lot of times, people in hip-hop, they try to tell their whole life in one song," Dominant says. "I study songs, and I'm, like, 'How come you can't write a song about just waking up in the morning and how the sun looks while your girl's still asleep?' "
Misery and comedy live next door to each other on Niggaz and White Girlz. The many skits that Kirb and Chris create don't just shame all the wack between-song scripts that have stunk up too many recordings since gangsta crashed Prince Paul's party they're better and more perceptive than most sketches by comedians. On "Don't You (Take All My Money)," Ice Water scratches and scribbles over the voice of a woman who says, among other things, "Y'all wasn't playing when you said '80s dance music shit!" According to Dominant, the woman's cameo came from club hopping on the block during a typical 16-hour recording session. "We were at Hyde Street [Studios], and I was, like, 'I need chicks.' "
"Literally, we pulled those girls out of the club and got them in the studio," Sinister adds.
Dominant: "All we did was play the song and put them in the studio and let them talk over it. Whatever we liked, we took."
Sinister: "We could do outtakes of the shit they were sayin'. And that was a beautiful woman too."
A top contender for funniest skit has to be "Fuck You and White Bitches," in which a Goapele-loving young woman gets heated with Dominant because he took a girl named Becky to see Revenge of the Sith. "It got really strange, because I swear to God, when Kirb was doing that skit with her, she really started feelin' it," Sinister says, referring to the skit's actress, the cousin of one of Dominant's ex-girlfriends.
"You know the part when she says, 'I bet she can't ride a dick like I can,' and the white girl goes, 'You wanna bet?,' " Dominant asks. "That was my uncle's idea."
"At first it just ended, but my uncle was, like, 'You should add "You wanna bet?" on that shit,' " he says to general laughter.
Creativity is a family affair in the world of Kirb and Chris. "No one could have made this album but us," Dominant says. "How many hood-ass niggas are you going to find listening to the B-52's and knowing about them who can rap?" *
KIRB AND CHRIS
With C.L.A.W.S., Matthew Africa, Ryan Poulsen, and Special Fun Ambassador Cims
Sat/13, 9 p.m.
155 Fell, SF