w. The Hood Internet, RichRok
Thursday, March 31 – Yacht Club – $10 advance, $12 door
In the hyperactive online music world, Das Racist, a liberal-arts educated rap duo based in Brooklyn consisting of an Indian and a Latino, busted on to the scene in 2008 with, ostensibly, one of the stupidest songs ever written: “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” Featuring such choice lines as “I’ve got the pizza gut/ I’ve got the pizza butt/ I’m at the Pizza Hut.” The song is amazing in its own right, but Das Racist isn’t this song. Rather than being just stoners rapping about fast food establishments, Das Racist are also hyperliterate emcees that have smooth flows, make nice beats, maintain intense political commitments and can flip between pop culture and high culture references with no effort. These skills can be seen on the two free mixtapes that the group released in 2010: Sit Down, Man and Shut Up, Dude. These two tapes are the foundation of the group’s meteoric rise from blog stars to legit hip-hop phenomenon. Since they are still unsigned and yet continue to get write-ups in major publications like The New York Times and The New Yorker, only time will tell what we see next from Das Racist and whether the whole world is ready for their style.