Blogaroo: Day 8: Das Racist

29 May

Brooklyn’s Das Racist is composed of MC Himanshu “Heems” Suri, MC Victor “Kool A.D.” Vazquez and hype man Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu.

Known for their humor and unconventional style, the group made it big with the 2008 hit Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. They produced mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man just two years later, after which MTV named it one of the 25 best new bands in the world. Spin named Das Racist one of 50 acts to watch at the 2010 SXSW Festival, and Rolling Stone reported that hahahaha jk? was one of the 50 best singles of 2010.

Das Racist’s first commercial album, Relax (2011), landed on many annual “best of lists” and was Spin’s fourth best rap album of the year.

Even though they have different sounds, Das Racist reminds me of LMFAO in that both groups are really funny. I don’t know that either group is taken entirely seriously on the music circuit, but I don’t think that anyone would deny that both are a really good time. Not to mention — music isn’t about the stiff or the serious. It’s about enjoying yourself. (And I always do when I listen to Das Racist.)

Take a look at the group’s latest hit Michael Jackson to see for yourself.

Das Racist is playing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and they don’t appear to be up against any can’t miss acts. Addam and I will be heading to the stages around 1 p.m. for Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, so I don’t see any reason why we would miss the set. Battles is playing right after, so it should be a fun Saturday afternoon.


  • Shut Up, Dude (2010)
  • Sit Down, Man (2010)
  • Relax (2011)

Sounds Like:

Songs to Listen For:

  1. Happy Rappy
  2. Power
  3. Punjabi Song
  4. Selena
  5. Celebration

Times at Roo: 0

Times I’ve Seen Them: 0

“Yo, yo, this shit is too much, kid./One day I’ll roll up and be like, ‘What up, kid?/I’m fitter, happier, more productive.’/Until then I lay at home and bump this ‘Loveless.'”
— Das Racist, Happy Rappy, Relax (2011).

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