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The music world hasn’t heard much from Himanshu Suri since late 2012, when the release of Wild Water Kingdom, his second solo mixtape of the year, was followed quickly by the announcement that his pioneering rap group Das Racist had broken up. Suri is about to break that silence. In recent months, the man best… More »

Considering that New York City — the place where most of the indie label/publicist/writer infrastructure calls home — spent the entire week in a state of Deep Impact disaster, it’s remarkable how little Hurricane Sandy affected the endless march of bloggable music items. Maybe we didn’t see quite as many new music videos this week… More »

I wasn’t too fond of Relax, the 2011 Das Racist album that, I guess, was supposed to launch the group into a whole different realm, but they’re quietly having a pretty great 2012. Kool A.D.’s The Palm Wine Drinkard mixtape was a bit of an unfocused mess, but it had some deeply fun moments, perha… More »

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Uptown internet kingpin DVS has trouble staying in the rap lane. He’s such a gregarious, prolific, and hilarious dude that his Twitter and various internet writings have gained hurricane force, knocking the wind out of readers with their voracious, eclectic humor. But let’s not forget that rap was born at least half literary, the street-corner… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 28, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Kool A.D. – “Jaleel White” Video

Earlier this year, the former Das Racist rapper Kool A.D. released two solo mixtapes, 63 and 19, on the same day. And in the new Weird Days-directed video for the 19 track “Jaleel White” — named for the guy who played Urkel on Family Matters — Kool A.D. does nothing but lie on a floor… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2013 - 11:48 am

Das Racist & A Tribe Called Red – “Indians From All Directions”

Native American-rooted production team A Tribe Called Red from Ottawa have released “Indians From All Directions,” a track they had collaborated with Das Racist. The track would have been featured on DR’s next album had the group not broken up late last year. While DR was always known for their clever and often politically-padded wordplay,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 16, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Heems – “Desi Shoegaze Taiko” Video

Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy changed a lot of things, but it didn’t change this: Stephen Norrington’s 1998 masterpiece Blade is, at least in my estimation, the best superhero movie ever made. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t know what the fuck you’re doing with your life, but here’s a good argument for why you… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 22, 2013 - 10:23 am

Download Kool A.D. 63 & 19 Mixtapes

If you are even vaguely in the mood to listen to the former Das Racist rapper Kool A.D. today, you are in luck, because Kool A.D. just released so much free music. The man has two new mixtapes, 63 and 19 (both named after Bay Area bus lines). We recently posted his “Eroika” video, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Kool A.D. – “Eroika” Video

The former Das Racist rapper (it hurts to type those words) Kool A.D. has a new solo album called 19 coming out, and first single “Eroika” is more or less a Lil B parody, and a pretty good one. (“Bitch, I’m Kevin Sorbo.”) The song’s video is an absurdly low-tech affair, with Kool A.D. and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2013 - 12:47 pm

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2012

Each September, we recognize 40 new bands we look forward to listening to for years to come. And each December, we salute the veterans who’ve decided to pack up their knives and never ever get back together. This year’s class of quitters includes an anarcho-pop one-hit wonder, a multi-platinum Aussie rock band, and a New… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 26, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different tack, imagining what holiday songs would sound like if they were covered by folks like Bon Iver, the xx, Wavves, Beach House, Das Racist, and others. (Adam Horne of BearMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Das Racist Break Up

Over the weekend, the New York rap group Das Racist, in a messy and roundabout sort of way, announced that they were no longer a group. This is a shame! Das Racist were really good and important in some sneaky ways, and we need to talk about all of that. But first, here’s the breaku… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2012 - 9:15 am

Kool A.D. – “Manny Pacquiao” Video

Earlier this year, Das Racist rapper Kool A.D. released his Bay-centric 51 mixtape. And now the spare and laconic “Manny Pacquiao,” one of the standout tracks from the tape, has a video in which Kool A.D. hangs out on a farm with an assault rifle, a crossbow, some dancing girls, a pizza, some goats, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012 - 11:18 am

Heems – “Soup Boys (Pretty Drones)”

Das Racist’s Heems has already put out one mixtape this year: The scattered and ferocious Nehru Jackets, which showed deeper reserves of rage and confusion than you’d ever expect from anyone once widely considered to be a joke-rapper. Today, he was planning on releasing another, Wild Water Kingdom. But — a weird irony, considering the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Das Racist – “Girl” Video

In the brand-new video for “Girl,” an infectious plastic-pop track from Das Racist’s 2011 album Relax, a lovestruck mullethead attempts to win over a young lady by pulling out some of his most absurd public dance moves. He also fights an enormous biker for reasons that aren’t explained, probably because they don’t have to be. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2012 - 5:32 pm

The Coup – “WAVIP” (Feat. Das Racist & Killer Mike)

Boots Riley is a national treasure, someone who’s spend the past couple of decades splitting his time between local Oakland activism and leading the great humanist, politicized funk-rap crew the Coup. On the new Coup track “WAVIP,” Riley shares space with two other acts who talk a lot of political shit in some very, very… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Come To Nitehawk Cinema For The Opening Run Of DOSA HUNT, A Film By Amrit Singh

Some of you may remember the month of February, which was about eight months ago. On Valentine’s Day, I released the trailer for a film I’ve been making called DOSA HUNT. Well, the movie is finally complete! And I’m very proud of it. It’s premiering at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg this weekend, and I want… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 2, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Suckers – “Turn On The Sunshine” Video (Feat. Das Racist’s Dapwell) (Stereogum Premiere)

Suckers’ “Turn On The Sunshine” is the sort of mild-euphoric/shambolic-pop nugget that the band nails at will, a standout from the Candy Salad LP released this spring. Its video is one for the memory banks as well, honoring the subtle and bright strains of psilocybin streaming through its heart with a handsomely hallucinating human who’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 18, 2012 - 11:30 am

Lana Del Rey – “National Anthem (Das Racist Remix)”

Finally, Das Racists remade Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem.” “MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY,” goes Heems. “I got so much money, it got me feeling funny! / Give it to my parents so they don’t feel crummy.” It’s the only Lana remix that features Deepak Chopra-related wordplay (that I’m aware of). Hear it atMore »

By: Corban Goble / July 17, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Das Racist & Talib Kweli – “The Actual”

Recently, a bunch of Brooklyn-based artists came together in Bushwick to create the Eastern District Presents Mosholu compilation, a release featuring folks like Talib Kweli, Das Racist, Spank Rock, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Machine Gun Kelly and many more. Today, we’ve got Das Racist and Talib Kweli’s collaboration “The Actual,” a track where a twisty… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 11, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Bonde Do Rolê – “Bang” (Feat. Kool A.D.)

Brazilian baile funkers and Mad Decent first-generation originals Bonde Do Rolê will soon release their new album Tropicalbacanal, produced entirely by Diplo and Poolside. We’ve already seen the goopy video for first single “Kilo,” and now they’ve shared a new track called “Bang,” which boasts a party-up surf-guitar loop and a couple of verses from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 5, 2012 - 12:59 pm
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