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The trans-Atlantic beatmaking intelligentsia was bound to rediscover ass-and-titties rap sooner or later, but nobody could have predicted that the results would actually be, y’know, entertaining. Spank Rock, headed by two Baltimore natives with great Philly and New York connections, is all about hot-but-cool electro grooves and rhymes that are slyly self-aware. But somehow the brainpower never spoils the fun. By all accounts, clean-cut lead rapper Naeem Juwan (aka MC Spank Rock) is an engrossing presence onstage: He’s too smart to simply digress into booty chants, but he will throw around words such as “pussy” and “boobs.” He’s ultimately more of an absurdist than a sexist. Meanwhile, the group’s beatmakers, including chief producer Alex Epton (aka Armani XXXchange), seem intent on surveying every corner of club history for rhythms that still have some life, whether they be contrarian (old-school Miami bass) or hip (Houston screw). As a result, Spank Rock has the support of East Coast smarty-pants insiders (notably Diplo, the man behind M.I.A.), the imprimatur of a global label (Big Dada, an offshoot of Britain’s Ninja Tune), and enough verve to generate mass appeal. In case there’s any doubt about the group’s devotion to pleasing both the durty and the thoughtful, the group is bringing along opening acts from both ends of the spectrum: Rod Lee, the legendary B-more club DJ, and Monster Maker, the collaboration between New York underground rapper C Rayz Walz and well-traveled D.C. producer Sharkey. The performances begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Joe Warminsky)