We’re Not Joking
Sit Down, Man, the second mixtape from Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Das Racist, is ironic and entertaining. Their style is lazy and the nonchalance in the vocals imply indifference about the content of the music. Many of the songs depict their first-hand experiences with stereotypes as minorities, pop culture references, and an annoyance with the status quo, which is all somehow delivered rather hilariously. These views are their message and their message is the skeleton to their sound.
The hook from “hahahaha jk?” probably best describes the entirety of the mixtape aside from just this one song: “We’re not joking, just joking, we are joking, just joking, we’re not joking.”
Das Racist has a raw message, but they mock and tease the listener’s subconscious as their flows are processed. Once one realizes they might be offended by a lyric, Das Racist have already moved on and begun to tickle the intellect some more.
Das Racist challenges the elitist hip-hop head’s snobby attitude by poking fun at their seriousness without disrespecting the genre. It’s fine to indulge sometimes and not feel guilty about it. Even though Sit Down, Man is witty and unpredictable, Das Racist’s style is still more mature than expected.