The 10 Best Das Racist Songs

The 10 Best Das Racist Songs

Das Racist – “hahahaha jk?”

Heems’ “Call me Dwight Schrute the way I eat beats” line was enough to make this one of our favorites. But it’s also notable because it serves as a precursor to “Swate”, one of Das Racist’s darkest, purest displays of lyricism and rapping talents in their discography. Bars on bars on motherfucking bars, y’all. Also, that Boi-1da beat goes.—AM

Das Racist – “Who’s That? Brooown!”

Bollywood vibes, a choice sample from A Tribe Called Quest “Scenario”, and one heavy-as-hell low end help make “Who’s That? Brooown!” an undeniable Das Racist hit. But as we all know, their tracks weren’t addictive based off beats alone. Heems is blunted and refers to “Jewish Mel Gibson” while Kool A.D. asks rhetorical questions about if you like that track. Of course we do, Vic.—AM

Das Racist – “Power” F. Danny Brown & Despot

Das Racist sharing the same space as Danny Brown and Despot? Yes, once again, four of our favorite MCs join forces, this time on Relax standout “Power”. The result is a heavy, warped journey through quotables—Danny wins on his opening line alone—and thought-provoking rhymes. It’s yet another example of hey, Heems and Kool A.D. can rap really fucking well and are probably more talented than your favorite MC. Maybe.—AM

Das Racist – “You Oughta Know”

If Heems and Kool A.D. flowing over a Billy Joel sample sounds wrong—if only because the piano man sucks, hard—then we don’t want to be right. Not only is it a shit-kicking follow-up to “Who’s that? Brooown!”, but “You Oughta Know” was an early display of Das Racist being more than, you know, a novelty act. It’s also just a shitload of fun, so, yeah, how can you not love this?—AM

Mr. MFN eXquire – “The Last Huzzah” F. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown & El-P

Among the array of displays of talent on this remix, the Kool A.D./Heems dual verses are just too classic. “All my friends be rappin’, they always be writin’, wake up tomorrow like what happened?” is rapped with the signature Heems slurring of words. And Kool A.D.’s fantastically witty “Ballers and shotcallers be calling me Bob Costas” line is one that will forever be in the hearts of DR fans.—WS

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  1. d.mc
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 16:36:00

    Terrible news,these guys were comedic geniuses together. Still so underrated by many

  2. Will Salzer
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 20:56:00

    Narrowing down the list was really hard. Our discussions got really heated. Andrew threatened to murder me like more than once. I do enjoy Speaking in Tongues though thanks for sharing that!

  3. Ethan Ratliff-Crain
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 22:59:00

    I hadn’t actually ever heard the original. That’s pretty funny. Das Racist sound so much better over that beat

  4. dv
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 22:35:00

    I mean, there’s a pretty good reason that the “Speaking In Tongues” freestyle never made it onto any mixtapes: http://vimeo.com/13829812

    Using a Dipset instrumental is a lot more risky lawsuit-wise than using a Wu-Tang instrumental or an MF DOOM instrumental.

  5. Ethan Ratliff-Crain
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 22:21:00

    Speaking In Tongues is one of my favorite DR tracks lyrically, never made it on a mixtape though http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZgBYnSD2T0 Also, why do you call out the dopeness of Swate, and not include it? (I know it was technically released on Heem’s mixtape, but it was released as DR material before that) Way too hard to limit these guys to ten tracks no matter what though, so props on the list

  6. dv
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 22:19:00

    The BBG and Exquire tracks are both fantastic, though, I love them both as much as DR’s material as a group.

  7. dv
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 22:18:00

    I would’ve included their “freestyle” over “Speaking in Tongues,” “Amazing,” “Rooftop,” “Ek Shaneesh,” and man, I just love “Brand New Dance.”

  8. ar
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 19:05:00

    Man, “Rapping 2 U” is probably their best all-around song. I’ll let the bars speak for themselves:

    Heems: “Could get a real job, only rap weekly/ I don’t need rap, told you rap need me.”

    Kool A.D.: “See me grace the pages of your favorite Condé Nast publication/ They ask me all about my views on relations of races/ And cut out the radical shit for space, that’s racist.” (In addition to every other line in Victor’s verse.)

    Shit, even Lakutis goes in: “What you mean my money’s no good here?/ Why, ’cause I made it?/ Bitch, you know I made.”

    “Roc Marciano Joint” and “Ek Shaneesh” are also great reflections of their lyrical prowess.

  9. JohnRHealey
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 16:44:00

    I was going to say this also (about Rapping 2 U)

  10. Andrew Martin
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 15:04:00

    Yea i love all those too

  11. bigghouse
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 14:51:00

    Roc Marciano Joint, Amazing, Rapping 2 u, Fake Patois all deserve mentions!

  12. jabberthefastax
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 14:42:00

    Yeah, my favorites “Amazing” and “Selena” aren’t on here but i can’t really complain, i like most of them anyways

  13. Donovan Kelleher
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 14:06:00

    i’m glad to see people love them as much as me

  14. Andrew Martin
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 13:07:00

    I agree

  15. Smokeholes
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 12:48:00

    I think Amazing and Rapping 2 U deserve honorable mentions

  16. Will Salzer
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 11:46:00

    Me three. Pitchfork 2025 impromptu reunion show?

  17. Andrew Martin
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 10:49:00

    me too

  18. CG
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 10:39:00

    Fuck. I already miss these guys.

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