03 Dec 12
Pour one out, multi-racial hip hop fans, for the collective known as Das Racist have divvyed up their possessions, set a scheduled for child visitation and promised to stay friends – this only one year after they released their first album and each individual in the group went off to make their own mix tapes without each other (several cameos aside) and pretty much seemed like they’d broken up anyway. This news, whilst hard to grasp does come from several sources, not least Heems, who, whilst playing On3 festival in Munich (Christ, I wish I lived in Munich), said the following statement, which I have included below in comic sans, to make it funny, natch.
Aside from Heems, Kool A.D also piped up on The Twitter to declare “for the record i quit das racist 2 months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet. apparently @himanshu wanted to do it tho.”, so it’s all looking fairly conclusive for those crazy rapping sorts from Brooklyn. Still, Dapwell’s been awful quiet, much to the apparent delight of denial fans the world over.
UPDATE: Dapwell speaks:
“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.”