Artist On the Rise: Das Racist

Posted: June 4, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Artist On the Rise, Music
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Have you ever wanted to have that one rap group that can joke and mess around but still drop hard hitting bars? Enter Das Racist. A group based out of Brooklyn, NY composed of rappers Himanshu Suri (aka Heems, on left) and Victor Vazquez (aka Kool A.D., on right), joined by hype man Ashok Kondabolu, known as Dap (in middle), for live performances and in music videos. They are known for their unorthodox style and use of humor. Das Racist has been called everything from a complete joke of a group to the urgent new voice needed in the game today. They are a more serious version of The Lonely Island, in that they joke a lot but still drop real songs. They certainly won’t be for everyone because of their style, but they should be considered a serious threat in the game of rap.

The first release from Das Racist was a song called Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. This song is a complete joke and it will definitely make you laugh the first time you give it a listen. You may not like it, but it will be stuck in your head for the hours afterwards, trust me. When I first heard this song, I thought there was no way that Das Racist could be taken seriously or even think about releasing a full length mixtape. However when they announced that they were going to release their first mixtape, Shut Up, Dude, in March 2010, I had no idea what to expect. Upon the release and after I was through with the first listen, I was blown away. It was actually like a real hip hop mixtape and it was solid from front to back. The mixtape starts off with Who’s that? Brooown!, which is a great opener to the tape and introduces us to Das Racist as a group. It was also turned into a video game (confused? me too, link below) and it was actually received very well. The second standout is titled You Oughta Know and samples an old Billy Joel song. It is more of an uptempo track where Kool A.D. and Heems trade bars over for three minutes. Overall, Shut Up, Dude was well received and introduced Das Racist to the indie hip hop world. Then in September, Das Racist released their second full length mixtape, Sit Down, Man. This mixtape is even better and the one thing tht stand out to me is that it seems more polished and feels more like an album than Shut Up, Dude. It contains production from people such as Boi-1da (known for his work with Drake and Lil Wayne), Scoop DeVille (from the group Get Busy Committee) and Diplo and also features from Roc Marcarino and El-P. There are two definite standouts here, and they are hahahaha jk? and Luv It Mayne. hahahaha jk? is probably Das Racist’s most well received song as it was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the top 50 singles of 2010 and features production from Boi-1da (produced songs such as Forever by Drake and Not Afraid by Eminem). Luv It Mayne is my favorite Das Racist songs as the beat absolutely bangs and is one of the best beats I have heard in a while. Guest appearances from Fat Tony and Bo P really add to the song as Fat Tony drops the best verse off the entire mixtape. Both mixtapes really solidify Das Racist as a true group who needs to be taken seriously.

They never present the illusion that they’re gangsters, rapping “never killed a cop though, more the type to burn a spliff and eat a bag of nachos.” They aren’t a true rap group, but more pioneering a new genre of rap/indie/alternative/comedy music. It’s difficult sometimes to tell whether they are trying to be taken seriously or just making a joke and this can cause them to be criticized. It could very well be that they are joking, not joking, joking, not joking, joking, not joking. So shut up, sit down and give them a listen.

Download: Das Racist – Shut Up, Dude
Download: Das Racist – Sit Down, Man

Who’s That? Brooown! Video Game

Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Luv It Mayne (feat. Fat Tony & Bo P)

You Oughta Know

hahahaha jk?

Who’s That? Brooown!

  1. Biqq Pete says:

    im not feelin it

  2. […] series. Out of the almost thirty I’ve done, there have been a total of two (Emilio Rojas and Das Racist). Upon more thinking I realized I needed someone who had that classic, gritty, underground sound to […]

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