Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On Repeat: Das Racist - Michael Jackson

Liking Das Racist is a lot like flirting with a pretty girl. On a superficial level, everything seems peachy. They are everything you like with a sharp sense of humor to boot. The more time you spend around them, the deeper drawn in you become, yet there's still a part of you with your hand trembling over the red 'ABORT' button, resisting full-blown devotion. Why? Because despite this infatuation, there remains a very real possibility that this is all a huge joke and the girl will retreat giggling to her group of friends, leaving you to feel like a complete idiot.

Das Racist grabbed my attention with the incredible "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" a couple years ago (has it been THAT long?), and I was curious to see what they would do next, knowing absolutely nothing about the group itself. They have followed up their single with two quality mixtapes, that only furthered the "are they serious?" questions. You see, Das Racist are three Middle Eastern looking gentlemen, who dress ridiculously and rap with a hyperliterate style that you would dismiss as satire if it weren't so impressive. So are Das Racist goofy clones of 'The Lonely Island', or are they a hip-hop phenomenon primed for stardom? No one wants to be the last one in on a joke, but after hearing their debut album Relax, and hearing what they do on legitimate beats, I'm ready to go all in. Das Racist are fantastic. If you have any interest in hip-hop or even artists with a sense of humor, you owe it to yourself to check them out. Amazing songs like "Girl", "Michael Jackson" and "Booty in the Air" would have any rapper salivating to get a swing at, but they are all property of Das Racist, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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