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The anthemic "Rainbow in the Dark" and irony-laden "Michael Jackson" kept heads bobbing to the stoner Zen of Das Racist, Brooklyn's funniest export. Lines like "Urban Dictionary is for demons with college degrees" struck the open-air campus bar with precision. The group's gonzo stage presence calls to mind the provocative theatrics of Andy Kaufman and the anything-goes aesthetic of the Dadaists. Most songs were book-ended by a comical dancehall-horn sound. At one point, Victor Vazquez gestured wildly while replacing every syllable of a verse with the word "YO!" uttered at varying intervals of belly-laughter-inducing intensity.

Burdened by a bunk sound system heavily stressing bass over vocals, Vazquez and Himanshu Suri did their best to keep a runaway train on its tracks on this chilly evening in La Jolla. With the momentum garnered from their two stellar mixtapes and the recently released debut Relax, Das Racist merely had to show up and remember their lyrics to appease attendees. With that in mind, the two emcees and their hypeman Dapwell joked their way through a disappointingly brief yet entertaining set.

  • Concert: Das Racist
  • Date: November 2
  • Venue: Porter's Pub
  • Seats: General
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