In an effort to more fully understand and appreciate the unique perspectives of Perry, it is important to consider the influences he had growing up.
Perry is Jamaican, born in a rural town called Kendal. This was a farming town, despite a largely unpleasant environment for it, and had been the home of slaves just a couple generations before Perry. His family attended church, but more important aspects of his spirituality likely came from West and Central African influences, remnants of the earlier slave period. Ettu dancing and ceremonies emphasized a connection with ancient spirits; other aspects of spirituality included the belief in influential benign and malevolent spirits.
Another important point to consider is the very language with which Perry communicates; though the words he uses are English, his English, the English from the small town in Jamaica where he grew up, is not the same English we know. The true subtleties of language come from a place not easily explained by grammar and syntax, and given the jarringly different nature of what Perry says -
" You understand? You overstand! You cannot understand. My little children why should we understand when we should be be overstand. I wish the government to understand. I wish the council churches, the popes, will understand. And I wish the American goverment understand that I overstand in the jungle. From Jamaica we put down the fire. A-hoo. We make people happy."
- one cannot help but think that, at the very least, Perry's perspective of language is different from most of us. He comes from a different headspace, which one cannot help but imagine is influenced by the way he knows words.
More to the point of Afrofuturism, Perry's view of spirituality seems to have come from the past. Afrofuturism, then, is proven not to be an invention set groundlessly in the future but a depiction of the future in terms of the past. The future is necessarily a product of past beliefs and experiences, and afrofuturistic works are no different.
Perry's song "Panic in Babylon" is a good example of this; the dub influences are prominent, but even the name itself alludes to an ancient city - listen here.