Das Racist
Shut Up, Dude


3.5
great

Review

by FromDaHood USER (71 Reviews)
July 18th, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Listen Up, Dude

Dorm Room music is fast becoming a favorite way of young musicians to make it big. For example, Duke student Mike Posner parlayed his dorm room production “Cooler Than Me” into a recording contract and a spot on the Vans Warped Tour before headlining a tour of his own. Although Das Racist haven’t followed Posner’s meteoric rise to fame, they still maintain his basic pattern of write/record/generate hype/get slotted at festivals/get bigger. The song that started it all, stoner anthem “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell,” is only the tip of the iceberg on Das Racist’s freshman mixtape Shut Up, Dude; a tape that is characterized as much by over-indulgence as it is by its innovation.

The innovation is a result of the unofficial third member of the group: drugs. Drugs are at the forefront of most Das Racist tracks and obviously have an influence in the background of the record as well. This influence can be found both in the lyrics (“smoke that *** that come from POPPIES”) and also in the song structure (like the chant based “One Dollar Can”). While drugs obviously aren’t the only source of Das Racist’s inspiration, it’s rather obvious that the group is greatly indebted to their illicit products. Nonsensical lyrics and slurred chants abound through the record but this is as much an innovation as it is annoying. The group brings sharp wordplay (Half Choco Taco, quarter Chippewa Indian/Black Tintin, Jewish Mel Gibson/ Kool AD juice man stab it like Simpson) along with their out-there, free-associative lyrics. The group brings a sharper edge to the indie rap scene, combining creativity and laziness into a humorous sampling that only burnt-out liberal arts students could dream of producing.

But perhaps the strangest and most appealing part of Das Racist is their beat sampling and hooks. The hooks are extremely catchy but Das Racist at times completely disregards them. On “You Oughta Know,” Kool A.D. shouts over the hook with his own, slurred version of it. On others, like the A Tribe Called Quest sampling “Who’s That? Brooown!” They bring a new edge to the hook by yelling “What can brown do for you” over the hook playing in the background. One initially wonders why they mess around like this, but it eventually becomes the most alluring part of the songs. Instead of reveling in the catchiness of the hooks, the group flips the notion on its head: forgoing recognition of their choruses for innovation. This can also be seen on the chant-based tracks, where the chant is altered every 30 seconds or so. These shifts are quite alluring, although the group seems as if they haven’t perfected it yet, which eventually becomes the group’s biggest problem.

One problem that the album suffers from is excessive repetition. After a while, “Who’s That? Brooown!” becomes simply impossible to listen to. The repetition of the hook is tolerable for the first 10 times but after that, the call of “BROOOOWN” is truly grating. And, to be honest, I have no idea why “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” ever became popular. The first two minutes of the song are just the MC’s chanting variations of the title over the least inspired beat of the album. Not even the audio effects and variations in speed and timing can keep the song interesting for very long. “Fake Patois,” and ode to celebrities using Jamaican accents, features just about every line ending with the word “Patois.” This experiment doesn’t pay off in the end, although the song is certainly appealing for a while. Were the group to forgo some of the repetition, Shut Up, Dude would be a more successful venture because, quite frankly, they’re better when the songs aren’t weighed down by excessiveness.

Another issue with the mixtape is its length, which clocks in at around an hour. Of this hour, at least one-quarter of it could’ve been cut without much consequence. “Nutmeg,” “Ek Shaneesh,” and “One Dollar Can” are all obviously weaker tracks than the rest of the ilk, and their disappearance would actually be appreciated. Other tracks could just stand to be around 30 seconds shorter because of the aforementioned repetition problems that the band suffers from. This is also because the beats-which are usually excellent- get pretty annoying when they’re repeated to compensate for the group’s lack of original lyrics at times. And when the beats are bad, they’re really bad. “I Don’t Know Anybody ***” features the most egregious misuse of a drum machine ever and could also be reduced by a good margin due to its lack of originality and quality. You can tell that the group is trying to be ambitious by making a long record but, ultimately, it’s simply too long and loses some of its impact as a result.

The group, which calls itself “the new Kool G rap,” is certainly on to something. They bring a harder new edge to the softening indie rap scene through hard beats, sharp rhymes and an attitude problem. Pop culture references bounce off the walls and disses fly by so quickly that sometimes they’re hard to catch. Unfortunately, most of the positives get caught up in the cluster of isolated negatives that find a way to penetrate into- and detract from- the best parts of the mixtape. Das Racist has crafted an excellent mixtape with Shut Up, Dude, but it takes some digging to find.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FromDaHood
July 18th 2011


9111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't believe this only has 44 ratings. Shouldn't all the Pitchfork rejects love these guys?

conradtao
Emeritus
July 18th 2011


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd honestly be pleased to never, ever, ever, ever see "overindulgence" used in a review ever again

FromDaHood
July 18th 2011


9111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll willingly oblige, I just couldn't find another word to stick in there.

HenchmanOfSanta
July 18th 2011


1994 Comments


I have determined that Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell is one of the most irritating songs of all time.

FromDaHood
July 18th 2011


9111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My sister absolutely loves it for unknown reasons.

Urinetrouble
July 18th 2011


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sit down man is so much better



FromDaHood
July 18th 2011


9111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never really listened to it other than Fashion Party. I'll get around to that at some point.

Romulus
July 18th 2011


9109 Comments


yeah sit down man is a huge improvement over this

FromDaHood
July 19th 2011


9111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Weren't they recorded at more or less the same time though?

irishmanshibby
August 10th 2011


355 Comments


ek shaneesh and nutmeg are two of my favorite tracks

FromDaHood
August 10th 2011


9111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nutmeg has grown on me a little bit since I wrote this but Ek Shaneesh doesn't do it for me

xfearbefore
October 4th 2011


2036 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Heard alot of buzz about these guys, decided to check out that "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" song that got so popular.



Sweet fucking Jesus, that is atrocious. I love alternative hip hop and even dumb, juvenile hip hop like Earl Sweatshirt but that is flat out one of the dumbest, most uncreative and shitty songs I've ever heard. It sounds like something a fifteen year old wigger who just started smoking weed would come up with. Possibly a mentally challenged wigger.



I really hope the rest of their shit is better than this, because that song just made me sad it was so awful.

BallsToTheWall
October 4th 2011


51214 Comments


That comment is on youtube.

xfearbefore
October 4th 2011


2036 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I know....I posted it.

Ire
January 4th 2012


41944 Comments


I'M AT THE PIZZA HUT

sportsboy
March 4th 2012


702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

100% PURE THUG

Jovis
April 10th 2013


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was under the impression that Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell was just a dumb song that no one should be taking seriously or getting butt hurt about.



I enjoy it for what it is, a thing they threw together in the studio as a joke.

bach
March 11th 2014


16301 Comments


young coacoa butter

oltnabrick
February 1st 2015


40621 Comments


Jesus on the cross - paid the cost to see the boss

AlexKzillion
November 26th 2016


17054 Comments


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