michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — DAS RACIST

In album review on 09/20/2011 at 11:44 am

Das Racist

Relax

(Greedhead)

 After two excellent mixtapes that flipped stereotypes, pop-culture history, and a mess of sociopolitical musings on their head, Brooklyn-based wiseasses Das Racist get to the dirty business of releasing their first official album. And it’s pretty much an extension of what they started on 2008’s “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” with slick and slippery rhymes dropping in references so obscure you’ll have to Google them. Rappers Heems and Kool A.D. probe the underside of what makes things tick, exploring and exploiting their Indian and Afro-Cuban roots throughout Relax. They also take on the King of Pop (“Michael Jackson”) and run down White Castle’s menu in “Rainbow in the Dark”: “Tiny-ass hamburgers, tiny-ass cheeseburgers, tiny-ass chicken sandwiches/It’s outlandish, kid.” It’s also outlandishly good.

 

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