Wednesday, September 26
“They say I act white, but sound black, but act black but sound white. But what’s my sound bite supposed to sound like?” sings rapper Himanshu Suri on “Shut Up, Man (feat. El-P)” from Das Racist’s debut studio album, Relax. Seriously, what is he supposed to sound like? Hip-hop has some strict unwritten guidelines that Das Racist like to step all over, satirizing the drug, violence, and race references littered throughout most commercialized hip-hop while revering the voice that hip-hop has given to the voiceless. The Brooklyn based group—Suri aka Heems, fellow MC Victor “Kool AD” Vazquez and hype man Ashok Kondabolu aka Dap—self-released two mixtapes in 2010, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man that on the surface may have seemed like party-rap but under the hood revealed a disdain for consumer culture and dispelled race assumptions with tracks like Sit Down, Man’s “All Tan Everything (feat Jay-z)” and “Puerto Rican Cousins.” Further breaking-down barriers, Das Racist has headed out on their American Rap Songs Tour with rapper LE1F—producer of Das Racist’s break out track “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”—who came out as gay before Frank Ocean made headlines as the “first” mainstream “gay” “rapper.” Das Racist, LE1F, and Safe & Lakutis come to the Town Ballroom on Wednesday (Sept 26). —cory perla
7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / townballroom.com) $18 advance
Watch the pretty awesome video for Das Racist’s pretty weird song “Michael Jackson,” below.