Das Racist, 'Shut Up, Dude' (Mishka/Greedhead)

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Shut Up, Dude
Critical Mass
Label: Mishka/Greedhead

by Charles Aaron

Tagged as "joke rap" after Perez Hilton stumbled onto their dada one-off "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," Brooklyn-based MC duo Himanshu Suri and Victor Vazquez are actually hyper-earnest tacticians, using hip-hop's language of identity politricks to sift through pop culture's perpetual spew. Rakim once mused, "You're the journal?/ I'm the journalist," and on this riotously referential, 17-track mixtape, Das Racist rap like reporters issuing Twittery soliloquies on whatever's melting in America's porta-potty, from Kierkegaard to QueensBoulevard and Dinesh D'Souza to Lollapalooza.

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