Das Racist Breaks Up

Das Racist Das Racist Breaks Up

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:

 

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.

(Pitchfork)

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.”

  • CP

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Mars-Hi

    They sucked anyway

  • matt

    omg what the fuck.

  • Age 20

    YO WHAT THE HELL. :((

  • Joey G

    did that moron seriously say there was no New York rap scene in 2009-2010?

  • Shubhanker

    ^^^^^^^^^loooooooooooooooooooooooool

  • Nate

    Good riddance Heems, sad about Dap, hopefully Kool AD will step up and make some seriously creative out-there solo shit. Heems was always just a mediocre socio-political outrage rapper at heart and was getting less able to be down to earth and self deprecating as time passed.

  • @Nate

    What’s wrong with socio-political outrage? Heems is good precisely because he subversively made fans out of the hipster racist crowd, who normally sneer at political earnestness and “conscious rap” in the bent of Common/Talib Kweli. Kool A.D. is way less subversive but I guess he’s “chiller.”

  • Shakkoku

    @@Nate Kool A.D. appears more interested in deconstructing ideas on culture (e.g. popular music values on “Commercial”) in free-form sort of way. Yes, Heems is endearing. His aggression, background, and politics all make for an important rapper. It’s a mistake, however, to confuse Kool A.D.’s coolness as blase.

    Here’s an interview with Boy Crisis (Kool A.D.’s old band)

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/nov/21/boy-crisis