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When: Fri., July 24, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $15, $20
Das Racist made the “Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell” a symbol of American consumerism, and then the rap group’s own joint identity split. In corporate parlance, Das Racist spun off its properties, with Kool A.D. returning to the East Bay and Heems settling in his native New York. We’ve eagerly covered Kool A.D.’s mighty spate of mixtapes and horoscopes, and the whole of the music journalism community chimed in about Eat Pray Thug, Heems’ 2015 full-length. For Heems — who plays on Friday at the New Parish (1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland) — Eat Pray Thug was a long-awaited statement. Like his twittered missives and essays, it’s rife with analysis of Middle Eastern and South Asian communities’ experience in America. The opening song, “The Patriot Act,” mentions harassment and profiling in the wake of 9/11 and surveillance: They vision is PRISM. It’s an urgent and direct record, but the latter line — which riffs on the NSA data collecting program and the Pentagon’s geometry — is reminiscent of how Heems and Kool A.D. inflated snappy lines with outsized meaning together, before the combo divested its assets.
— Sam Lefebvre


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