• Kyle Long
  • Das Racist's Victor Vasquez at The Vogue

Das Racist

Oct. 17, The Vogue

3.5 stars

New Wave hip-hoppers Das Racist, making their second Indy appearance this year (following a sold-out show at White Rabbit on April 1), turned in a solid performance last night at The Vogue. While attendance never approached sell-out status, Das Racist did attract respectable numbers for a cold, rainy Monday night in Indianapolis. And what the audience lacked in size, they made up for in enthusiasm, making their presence know as soon as the band hit the stage. They arrived at 11 p.m. with a spirited version of "Who's that? Brooown!", from the 2010 mixtape Shut Up, Dude.

MCs Victor "Kool A.D." Vasquez and Himanshu "Heems" Suri — with hype-man Ashok "Dap" Kondabolu — are touring in support of their debut LP Relax. The new record was released on the heels of a pair of critically acclaimed mixtapes, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man, which propelled the group to overnight underground fame. In an hour-long set, the three friends ran through a handful of the new material, but primarily focused on fan favorites from the two mixtapes.

A performance of Shut Up, Dude's "Ek Shaneesh" sums up the Das Racist aesthetic, which mixes high- and low-brow culture through dense, often absurd, reference-laden lyrics. In the song, Heems trades lines like "Listening to Cam while I'm reading Arundhati Roy," with Vasquez, who offered these rhymes: "The wartime Andy Warhol/ the war crime Nancy Drew/ Nancy who?/ Nancy Reagan in a fancy pants suit."

The night ended with a chaotic encore as Das Racist called show openers Despot and Danny Brown to join them onstage.

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Kyle Long pens A Cultural Manifesto for NUVO Newsweekly and in 2014 began broadcasting a version of his column on WFYI.