Overtly political pop-rap experimentalistsDas Racist, like Atlanta-based hip-hop group Tag Team, are “back again” with their, visionary cyberdelic, Black Eyed Peas-ian, epic tone-poem of a debut album, RELAX slated for release September 13th on Greedhead Music, the imprint piloted by member Himanshu Suri. Featuring from Diplo, Vampire Weekend’s ROSTAM, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder, Drake Francis Farewell , and cameos from beloved Detroit rap Danny Brown, El-P and the ever-reclusive tiny genius rapper Despot, the album is almost exactly like Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in every conceivable way. Relax, a musical experiment in , will be the first commercially available release byDas Racist. With sales projected at around 100,000 units (grossing roughly one million dollars), it would still only do 25% as well as Kanye West’s College Dropout, but at least will afford them the to pursue their many other projects.
Das Racist‘s ascent to popularity was kick-started in 2008 when they released the viral hit “Combination Pizza Hut Taco Bell”. While some hailed the song as socio-political consumer commentary and others regarded it as a humorous exercise in repetition, the critical chatter from outlets like NPR, Spin Magazine, The New York Times, New Yorker, and Rolling Stone hasn’t subsided. Suri and fellow Wesleyan alumnus Victor Vazquez (aka Kool A.D.) have delivered two free “mixtapes” thus far (Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man) andSuri’s childhood friend from Queens, Ashok Kondabolu or Dapwell, to spiritually advise and enhance the live set. They will be touring the US and other markets in support of the record throughout this autumn and fall.
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