Das Racist Announce Breakup
Das Racist fans who turned out for the group's scheduled set at the On3 Festival in Munich, Germany, on Saturday (Dec. 1) received a bit of a surprise when, instead of a regular performance, they got a solo set from member Heems -- and the surprise announcement that the NYC hip-hop trio was breaking up.
"You guys wanna know the secret? Alright, so I'm going to do some Das Racist songs, but Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore," Heems told the crowd, prompting a post-show tweet from fellow ex-Racist Kool A.D., who told followers, "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."
Although Pitchfork's efforts to get a comment from band management proved unsuccessful, Das Racist hypeman Dapwell came clean with SPIN, saying, "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 s---."
As it turns out, success may have been the group's undoing; as Dapwell explained, "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."