By Dionne Buxton
Eccentric hip-hop duo, Das Racist, made their TV debut on Monday night (November 28) with a live performance on Conan. The two rappers are known for their off-the-wall personas, and they put that all on display when they performed the single “Michael Jackson” from their debut album Relax. In addition to having a few hot percussionists on stage with them, they also enlisted a Michael Jackson impersonator to mimic some of the King of Pop’s signature dance moves.
With their hypeman Dapwell (Ashok Kondabolu) providing some support, rappers Heems (Himanshu Suri) and Kool A.D. (Victor Vazquez) delivered their oddball lyrics (“Call me Janet Jackson, I got a hundred dollars/ I got the jungle fever, roll with 100 zebras/ I got a leather jacket, I got a little hat on/ I’m drinking carbonated water by the quarter gallon”) while hamming it up on stage.
The Brooklyn-based trio first received attention with their single 2008 “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” and they released two popular 2010 mixtapes (Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man) before dropping their official album in September. Before their appearance on last night’s episode of Conan, the pair tweeted about achievements, writing, “Cover of Spin. Conan O’Brien tomorrow. No manager. No label. Third World Family. Greedhead Music. OTK. FSS.” Weird seems to work just fine for them.