i’m from Queens, man, ain’t shit to do but cook watchin’ Tony Bourdain, plus I copped his book plus I copped his look - that means tshirts and jeans…
… do you, I'mma do me, catch me in my borough burning L’s, reading Rumi
… yeah, my pops drove a cab, homes now I drop guap just to bop in a cab home
“The song was originally called, “Ek Shahenshah”, after an old Bollywood film. However, their White studio rep misspelled it as Ek Shaneesh, something that Das Racist now refer to was WMOFOS,White Misinterpretation of Funky Oriental Shit”
It was with heavy heart that we accepted news of Das Racist skipping out of their UK tour date in December last year because of UK Border Agency and snow blues. After falling hard and fast for their witty, politically astute, beat laden rap via last year’s mix tapes- ‘Shut Up, Dude’ and ‘Sit Down, Man’ TAOS became a wee bit obsessed.
‘Relax’ is released 13 September 2011 under Himanshu’s home grown label ‘Greedhead Music’. The Brooklyn duo teamed up with the likes of Diplo, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder and Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend for what should be a stunning debut.
It was pretty ruddy difficult to choose a song to best reflect their talent. Please enjoy ‘El Shaneesh’taken from ‘Shut Up, Dude’, mostly because they name drop ‘The Land Before Time’. All those with tickets to Pitchfork Festival, best make a beeline for DR’s set, no excuses.
I can’t get enough Das Racist.Yes this video is creepy, but every song they make becomes better with each listen. On the surface they seem like a crude satire of rap / hip-hop, but upon a closer inspection you will see the true depth of their lyrics. Much of their rhymes are just conscious streams of thought, while others are politically and socially motivated. Pay attention to the effortless rhymes and obscure references.
“we’re not making music that’s instantly appealing. We dabble with nonsequiturs, dadaism, repetition, repetition. We make dance music while talking about not-dancey things. We say things that on the surface can seem pretty dumb but it’s a mask on some Paul Laurence Dunbar shit for actual discontent with a lot of shit in the world. Further, not a lot of people want to hear rappers talk about Dinesh D'Souza being a punk, Eddie Said, Gayatri Spivak being dope or even know who they are. A lot of people hear Pizza Hut Taco Bell and then have preconceived notions about our entire body of work that fall pretty flat”