18.) Das Racist - Relax
Das Racist released two hilarious and intellectual mixtapes last year, but some people were still wondering if they were a joke act or not. I’d like to think that anyone who has heard a Das Racist song beyond “Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell” would be able to tell immediately that both Heems and Kool A.D. have technical chops as rappers and that they have some of the most intelligent and artistically-relevant lyrics in all of hip-hop. A cursory listen to their proper full-length debut, Relax, confirms this. The album is a deft blend of full-on rap songs like “ Shut Up, Man” and “Selena” with pop-focused songs like “Girl” and “Middle of the Cake.” It’s all tied together by odd, worldly beats that frequently reflect the diverse heritage of Kool A.D. and Heems. As far as lyrics go, it isn’t just clever social commentary and references to authors this time around. Listen to Heems on the album opener: “What good is this cashmere if they’re still dying in Kashmir. Kushmir. There was homes, now it’s just dust here. Next year, same as this year: a rough year.” Worldly concerns are mixed in with hyper-intellectualism and hyper-awareness and there are no answers, just an accurate portrait of what is like to be young, educated, creative, and a minority in this country.
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