Das Racist
Sit Down, Man


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
September 27th, 2010 | 134 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “White people – play this for your black friends. Black people – smack them.”

Well, this is weird. It’s 3 AM on a Monday morning, and I’m the only one awake in this house. I’m eating some Taco Bell leftovers that I paid the drive-thru cashier for with a fistful of torn, crumpled up 1’s, lint, nickels, dimes, and pennies. I have two tabs open on Safari: The New Yorker’s website, and Adult Swim’s quintessential stoner game Give Up, Robot. It’s a great game, really, albeit a frustrating one. Fifty levels – sixty-one, if you include those on the ‘hard game’– of retro chiptune, brightly flashing, pixilated neon squares, and an overall psychedelic visual atmosphere seemingly created to at lease cause dizziness or, at worst, induce epileptic seizures. But, we can’t forget Robot: The resilient, little mechanical adventurer that grapples his way through it all, no matter how much the unseen, antagonizing computer taunts and discourages him. But, I digress. Despite the fact that I’m not baked out of my mind, you know who I feel like right now? the guys from Das Racist.

On first listen, they may appear to be just another novelty rap outfit. It’d be hard to blame anybody for having that viewpoint when they have song titles such as “hahahaha jk”. I mean, that’s what I thought at first when I heard their critically acclaimed Shut Up, Dude back in April. But much like an English teacher would tell a student who doesn’t understand the underlying message in a piece of reading, I give you this advice about Das Racist: look harder. Trust me – it’s worth it.

The fun loving, pothead personas that Himanshu, Victor, and Ashok craft for themselves belie just how A) technically adroit and B) strikingly intelligent they are. Highly referentially-based, the raps of Das Racist are an eclectic blend of extended rhyme schemes, the internals thereof, punchlines, idiosyncratic stoner-isms, and comical one-liners. Check out not only the internal rhymes here, but also, the rhyme density and syllabic consistency of this stanza from “Fashion Party”,

I’m at the fashion party, I’m wearin’ fashion clothes/I’m putting fashionable powders up inside my nose/Lookin’ at these fashion fiends, tryin’ to make them fashion ends/Tryin’ to touch that fashion paper, like they was fashion pens."

Moreover, Sit Down, Man has a lot of social commentary in it. For example, “Rooftop” contains quick, subtle mentions the conformist, fundamentalist tendencies of religion and the complexity and contradictions found in politics. Nonetheless, Das Racist is much better when they’re delivering seemingly effortless comedy. “Luv It Mayne” sees Das Racist members sardonically posturing as typical hardcore rappers. Both “All Tan Everything” and “Puerto Rican Cousins” find the collective implementing their ethnicities as ammunition for jokes ("I got more rhymes than Puerto Ricans got cousins.")

However, their lyrical competency isn’t undermined by an aural deficiency. In fact, the production on the entire thing is great. The group’s aesthetic creativity shines through on “Town Business”, where the producer amazingly flips a sample for Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” – and a legit one at that, none of that steal-a-beat-for-a-freestyle bullsh*t – a song with an instrumental notorious for being repetitive and basic…and turns it into chill, reverberating lounge tune. Besides relaxed soundscapes, Das Racist seems to have a proclivity for dance music and electronica as well. Cuts such as these are equally successful. “Commercial” is an atmospheric track, complete with soaring synths and an electronic pipe organ melody, and “Fashion Party” is a tranquil, yet upbeat dance beat with pop and sensuous R&B undertones.

The balance Sit Down, Man achieves- that of which is between mechanical proficiency and auditory pleasure – is best symbolized by two appearances on the album: the one by mainstream mega producer Boi-1da, and the other by championed Def Jux wordsmith El-P, two artists that are so far stylistically separated that they might as well be from different genres. Das Racist is more or less a trio comprised of hipsters-cum-rappers with an avid passion for making hip-hop. Oddly enough, that works. Is Sit Down, Man so good that we may as well prematurely crown it the best release amongst the high quality pool that is 2010? Nah. But, Sit Down, Man is a blend of borderline pretentious intelligence and party-on fun. I guess it’s rather fitting that their album title is simultaneously casual and grammatically correct, huh?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in b4 cirq

Ire
September 27th 2010


41822 Comments


tl;dr

sup baddrugs

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

-.-

just got back from a weekend in dallas. wbu

Counterfeit
September 27th 2010


17819 Comments


cirq is gone dude.
SMACKING BULLDOG UPSIDE HIS FUCKIN HEAD

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NO HES STILL HERE.

i believe :'(

Inveigh
September 27th 2010


25116 Comments


oh man for a second I thought white guys were in this group and i was like "ohhhhhh shit Bulldog likes some music made by white people!"

but then i was disappoint

Digging: Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

Inveigh
September 27th 2010


25116 Comments


also, I already pos'd, but you should fix this:

[i]Shut Up, Dude[i]


Romulus
September 27th 2010


8447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I’m eating some Taco Bell


well played

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks inveigh.

and fixed.

theyre puerto rican though (obv)

album totally converted me into a a big fan.

esp now that gucci sucks

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should check this out inveigh.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2010


7318 Comments


Good length, good read, nice writing style. Pos.

=)

Digging: Portishead - Dummy

Enotron
September 27th 2010


7695 Comments


bulldog's best summary yet

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Irving, appreciate it man.

Eno - It's actually a Das Racist quote haha.

Romulus
September 27th 2010


8447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you sure you weren't eating a combination of pizza hut and taco bell?

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep.

Romulus
September 27th 2010


8447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i thought it was funny

Dryden
September 27th 2010


13138 Comments


holy shit bitchdike

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sup drodip

conradtao
Emeritus
September 27th 2010


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking great review
pos

Bulldog
September 27th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dude, glad you enjoyed it.



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