Well that didn’t take long — apparently the guys from Das Racist are down with the whole “better to burn out than to fade away” thing.
According to Pitchfork, Das Racist was set to perform at the On3 Festival (yes, festival season in Europe now lasts into December), but the show turned out to be just a Heems solo set, who told the crowd, “Das Racist is breaking up and we’re not a band anymore.” Kool A.D. then Tweeted that he quit Das Racist two months ago but was asked by the group’s manager to keep it under wraps (“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.”)
“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,” the group’s hypeman Dapwell tells SPIN. “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.”
That sound you hear is the rushing river of tears being shed by joke rap fans this morning. They can take comfort in knowing that Flight of the Conchords still exists.