Das Racist
Sit Down, Man


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
September 27th, 2010 | 163 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 
Ire
September 27th 2010


41944 Comments


tl;dr

sup baddrugs

Counterfeit
September 27th 2010


17837 Comments


cirq is gone dude.
SMACKING BULLDOG UPSIDE HIS FUCKIN HEAD

Inveigh
September 27th 2010


26870 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

Inveigh
September 27th 2010


26870 Comments


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

[i]Shut Up, Dude[i]


Romulus
September 27th 2010


9106 Comments


I’m eating some Taco Bell


well played

Irving
Emeritus
September 27th 2010


7496 Comments


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

=)

Enotron
September 27th 2010


7695 Comments


bulldog's best summary yet

Romulus
September 27th 2010


9106 Comments


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

Romulus
September 27th 2010


9106 Comments


i thought it was funny

Dryden
September 27th 2010


13585 Comments


holy shit bitchdike

conradtao
Emeritus
September 27th 2010


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking great review

pos

JustJoe.
September 27th 2010


10944 Comments


Convincing and well-written review.

Neg'd.

Urinetrouble
September 27th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

das racist dawg

JustJoe.
September 28th 2010


10944 Comments


My internet humor is still intact. Point for me!

Bully, I'm going to need the black metal equivalent of this record. I just plunged face first into this binge and for the moment it's against my religion to listen to anything else.

Spec
September 28th 2010


39064 Comments


Seen better reviews.

Inveigh
September 28th 2010


26870 Comments


you should check this out inveigh.


review's actually got me interested, so yeah, it's on my list man

Ire
September 28th 2010


41944 Comments


sonictheplumber
September 27th 2010



5118 Comments

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awful review but i wont neg

that's funny because i love/hate ur reviews

true story bro

JustJoe.
September 28th 2010


10944 Comments


Enter The Dryden I shall. Thanks, Bull.

Inveigh
September 28th 2010


26870 Comments


it's funny because I think Bulldog still has a small faction of people that think he's a bad reviewer.

but you've improved a lot man, no lie, I enjoy reading your reviews now quite a bit

Inveigh
September 28th 2010


26870 Comments


much love bully, much love

(taps chest twice, kisses the peace sign)



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