Last night, Das Racist was scheduled to perform a show at the On3 Festival in Munich. Only one half of the duo showed up, and in the middle of his performance, Heems reportedly said, “You guys wanna know the secret? All right, so I’m gonna do some Das Racist songs, but Das Racist is breaking up and we’re not a band anymore.”
Kool A.D. confirmed the break up in a tweet following Heems’ announcement:
for the record i quit das racist 2 months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet. apparently @himanshu wanted to do it tho.
— KOOL A.D. (@veeveeveeveevee) December 3, 2012
According to Rolling Stone, there should still be another Das Racist album coming. Given the context of Kool A.D. saying the band broke up two months ago, which is before the interview, it may still be on track for a release by the end of this year. At the very least, Heems confirmed they were “done [with] like four or five joints”.
The video from the announcement can be viewed here.
UPDATE: Das Racist’s third member, Dapwell, has weighed in during a talk with Spin:
“I was bummed when we actually broke up, when it was done, mostly because it was a way to make money really easily. Now, I probably won’t be able to make money that easily ever again. But we had a plan to break up around May. We had just signed this record deal and we were going to put out one proper album and then go on a farewell tour, release a proper breaking up statement that could have been really funny, maybe a weird, stupid video. Now, all of that has gone to shit.”
“When we started in 2009, 2010, there wasn’t a New York rap scene. All that shit wasn’t around. And now there is all of this stuff that, when I see it, I’m like, ‘Man, that looks like more fun than what I’m doing.’ But we kinda checked out and it was just about money, which some people can do, but apparently, we’re not good at doing things we don’t want to do anymore. It made everyone go crazy and get angry in such typical band fashion: guys arguing and then drinking. It’s just stupid. Because in the beginning, it was just us. We’d all hang out all the time, we all lived in this apartment together. Not that we were super friends, but sort of, you know? Really, it’s a huge opportunity squandered.”