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The rumor mill was going strong on this one. But things are now more than official: Brooklyn alternative hip-hop group Das Racist have called it quits. According to Pitchfork, Das Racist were originally slated to perform at the On3 Festival in Munich, Germany over the weekend. However, Heems performed a solo set, who sent along following message to the audience:
“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.”
“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.” Heems replied, “hah dag, my bad dont even remember saying that shit.”
The band’s third member, Dapwell, also delved into the situation in a conversation with SPIN:
“I was bummed when we actually broke up, when it was done, mostly because it was a way to make money really easily. Now, I probably won’t be able to make money that easily ever again,” he said. “But 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 shit.
The 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.”