Das Racist is a hip hop group, formed in 2008 and based in Brooklyn, New York, comprised of Queens-born Himanshu Suri and San Francisco-born Victor Vazquez. Suri and Vazquez met in 2003 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where Victor was Himanshuâ€™s resident advisor in a â€œStudents of Color for Social Justiceâ€ theme dormitory. Suri was a member of the Eclectic Society and is also an alumnus of School of Oriental and African Studies. Kondabolu and Suri are both alumni of Stuyvesant High School. Vazquez is also a member of Boy Crisis. The duo was later joined by hype man Ashok Kondabolu, known as Dap, for live performances and in music videos
Known for their use of humor, obscure references, and unconventional style, Das Racist has been both dismissed as joke rap and hailed as an urgent new voice in rap. Spin magazine picked Das Racist as one of 50 acts to watch at the 2010 SXSW festival, and in April 2010, MTV Iggy selected Das Racist as one of the â€œ25 Best New Bands in the Worldâ€. Rolling Stone declared the song â€œhahahaha jk?â€ from Sit Down, Man one of the fifty best singles of 2010.
Das Racistâ€™s unique style has a strong polarizing tendency; their set at the Pop Montreal festival was described as â€œthe most divisive show seen at the festivalâ€. They describe their approach to music as â€œâ€˜deconstructionalistâ€™: sawing the legs out from under hip-hop as they celebrate itâ€.The New York Times wrote â€œDas Racistâ€™s lack of piety has become an aesthetic of its own, with songs that are as much commentary on hip-hop as rigorous practice of itâ€. The Root said Das Racist could speak for both â€œthe â€˜hood or the nearest gated community.â€ Playboy called the duo â€œequal parts hip-hop and Cheech & Chongâ€.