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Sit Down, Man: Das Racist Is Over

Want to reflect on Das Racist’s bizarre trip from campus to Conan? Check out the first ever Wesleying post on the duo.

We interrupt this broadcast (and my, err, thesis) to bring you sad news. Das Racist, the unlikely slacker-rap pairing of Heems (Himanshu Suri ’07) and Kool A.D. (Victor Vazquez ’06) that seems to have defined an era of irreverent, gruff-voiced irony at Wesleyan, is over and done. I received the news in downstairs Usdan, halfway through Pastabilities’ penne special, in the form of a three-word text from Wesleying’s old friend Carlo ’11. It’s probably what Heems would have wanted.

But the break-up isn’t as recent as you think. According to Pitchfork, Heems took the stage last night at Munich’s On3 Festival and told the crowd, “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.”

This was followed by a series of tweets confirming the break-up and hinting at some internal drama for the duo:

Kool A.D. assures us, however, that they’re still friends:

Heems ’07 To Participate in Reddit AMA at 4 Today

It’ll be a while before he shows up for another reunion, so let’s ask him about Wesleyan.

If you told me four years ago that in 2012 the president of the United States would take part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, I would have said that you’re full of shit. If you have told me four years that in 2012 a member of Das Racist would take part in an AMA on Reddit, I would have said that that seems exactly like something that would probably happen.

Enter Heems (Himanshu Suri ’07) on the day he’s dropping Wild Water Kingdom, the follow-up to last winter’s excellent Nehru Jackets. (Heems is still awaiting approval from fellow Wes alum Le1f, according to this tweet.) In approximately ten minutes, the rapper will be live on Reddit, joining the ranks of celebrities Woody Harrelson (my personal favorite), Trent Reznor, Dave Dederer, and The Onion’s editorial staff to answer your questions: