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Das Racist break up, Heems to maybe get memoir advice from Salman Rushdie

Dec 3, 2012

Das Racist has broken up, and Heems (Himanshu Suri) spilled the beans at a solo show at the On3 Festival in Munich this weekend.

News of the breakup played out largely over Heems’ Twitter feed, where he dropped a hint on his way to the show: “Headin to JFK for Munich. Think I’m playing ON3 Festival solo now?” But he broke the news onstage during his solo set: “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,” he told the crowd. Kool AD (Victor Vasquez) tweeted last night that he’d quit the band two months ago.

The best thing to come out of it for Heems is a possible tete-a-tete with Salman Rushdie over a potential memoir. Surprising everyone by being hip to Das Racist, Rushdie gave Heems a shout-out:

Heems is already an accomplished writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker among other places.

So ends Das Racist. They had a great run. From their humble beginnings in 2008 with “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” the guys managed a tightrope-walking brand of hip-hop that was both “feverishly juvenile and somehow profound,” as Death and Taxes described that single in ’08. Perhaps no one since the Beastie Boys created hip-hop that was equally both hilarious and actually good—both satirical and endlessly listenable.

We’ll leave you with the latest video from their canon, “Girl,” which was released just last month, a year after their last album “Relax.” Get ready with that memoir, Heems—we’ll be waiting for it.

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