When the news broke that the funny guys from Brooklyn broke up, I was already reminiscing on the outstanding Das Racist concert I saw in Austin. Blunts were passed in the crowd, right along with the laughs and sing-alongs. I’m not the type to cry, but that’s what I felt like doing because I knew I would never be in that hyphy crowd again. OK, so maybe I won’t ever get to see Heems, Kool A.D. and Dapwell together at once, but I have the possibility of seeing them individually.
Last year, Heems (under his legal name Himanshu) released Nehru Jackets which was absolutely genius. It included a narrative on knowing the secrets to women, perfectly titled “Womyn,” and hosted one of Danny Brown’s best verses in the song “You Have to Ride the Wave.” Then he released Wild Water Kingdom, which features an obsession with water and a shockingly politically aware anti-drone banger “Soup Boys.”
On the other end, Kool A.D. recently released dual mixtapes 63 and 19, which are named after West Coast’s AC bus lines. Kool A.D. continues to take hip-hop as a big joke while still showing how intelligent he really is. “Al Green” off of 63 features a music video where Kool A.D. is in a photo studio rapping in a large tank top while a ballerina is dancing in the background. It’s minimal and hilarious.
Dapwell is obsessively posting on Twitter, missing his easy access to getting money and doing random interviews to publications like Spin while the other ex-members are busy rapping.