Das Racist entered the collective consciousness through the Trojan horse of "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," but the songs on critically lauded mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man are smarter and richer than that stoner-rap number lets on. The songs on the wisecracking mixtapes convey a smart wackiness, irreverence rooted in intelligence.
Since the moment that Das Racist unleashed "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" on the blogosphere, writers have been compelled to weigh in on Das Racist's prankster presence. As soon as the trio was backed by a few websites, including the influential Pitchfork -- the publication branded Shut Up, Dude with its "Best New Music" distinction -- the media-savvy group was basically everywhere, ready to seize every outlet.
"We're running through the South with two white girls, two Jews, a black dude and three brown guys," Suri says. "You know how people in the South get when you fuck with white women. But nothing so far has been too problematic."
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Das Racist, with Greg Enemy, Stik Figa and Ebony Tusks. Wednesday, March 30, at The Granada.