Heems, Kool A.D., and their hype-man Dapwell make up the Brooklyn-bred, left-field rap group Das Racist, who have risen to indie prominence thanks to their uniquely postmodern take on hip hop. The style is languid and pot-soaked, but generously supplied with literary references, rap in-jokes, racial and cultural politics, and legitimately tight bars. With nods from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Spin regarding last year's album Relax, and their pair of free projects Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man, the group's buzz has sustained far beyond their initial viral hit, "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," a repetitious screed of a song (the title is its only lyric) that could be taken as sociopolitical commentary — or pure blather. The thin line between these sides is where Das Racist sit most comfortably, muddying hip hop's tropes with humor and self-awareness while still respecting the culture at its core. 18+. (Photo by Nayeli Rodriguez)
Thu., April 5, 9 p.m., 2012
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