Ashok yells “Azuca!” repeatedly, in honor of Celia Cruz. Victor matter-of-factly asks the audience, “What’s up, white people?” Hima starts chanting, “Puerto Rico.” After claiming they are Yeasayer, they do a version of “Rapping 2 U” that ends with a couple of verses of Usher’s 1997 hit single “You Make Me Wanna…,” which continues until the crowd finally joins in.
After welcoming the brass section onstage, they do several songs. The classically trained musicians look terrified as they attempt to play music they barely know, while the audience is all too happy to comply with Das Racist’s demands to chuck free festival-provided SoyJoy protein bars at the stage. It’s amazing theater. “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” pops with the horns and includes the additional lyrics “combination Fed Ex and Kinko’s” and “combination Baskin Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts.” However, throwing in “It was the best of times / It was the worst of times / It was the combination best of times and worst of times” is the highlight.
-Hari Kondabolu, brother to Das Racist’s Dapwell (Ashok Kondabolu), writing a profile of Das Racist for Spin last year. Amazing. Already missing these guys so much. (And still listening to them constantly; nothing’s changed there.)