Saturday, March 5
Blurring the line between seriousness and sarcasm is what Das Racist does best. Though the three piece hip-hop group from Brooklyn might arouse a lot of laughter with lines about what white folks like to eat, or how people mistakenly think they’re all Puerto Rican cousins, the group has a lot of valid points to make about racism, the commercial value of rap, and their love for blunt smoke. They deliver this message in a complex, yet easily consumable package. “They called us joke rap/We kinda weed rap/We just like rap/We don’t even need rap,” the trio rhymes on their track “Rapping 2 U.” On their latest album, 2010’s Sit Down Man, MC’s Victor Vazquez, a.k.a. Kool A.D., and Himanshu Suri a.k.a. Heems, poke fun at the ignorant and prejudice, with satirical lines like “The white man can’t even go outside/He’ll get a disease/I’m talking about how like white people can’t even go outside into the sunlight,” from their track “All Tan Everything,” featuring Jay-Z. Ok, so skin cancer isn’t hilarious per se, but Das Racist would argue that this sounds just as dumb as some of the things Bill O’Reilly takes seriously. The highlight of the album, “People Are Strange,” is a catchy and bumping track, sampled from the Doors’ song by the same name, which hits on our similarities rather than our differences. Das Racist will bounce some beats and spit their tasty rhymes at Soundlab on Saturday (March 5). —cory perla
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907/www.bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab). $15.