Das Racist has broken up, Himanshu Suri aka Heems announced onstage this weekend at Munich's On3 Festival, where the trio were schedule to perform. Appearing solo on behalf of the group, Heems asked onstage, "You guys wanna know the secret? Alright, so I'm going to do some Das Racist songs, but Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore." Victor Vazquez aka Kool A.D. confirmed the split shortly after. "For the record I quit Das Racist two months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet. Apparently @himanshu wanted to do it tho," he wrote on Twitter. This morning the group's third member Ashok Kondabolu aka Dapwell told Spin the group had been planning to disband for months. "We had a plan to break up around May. We had just signed this record deal and we were going to put out one proper album and then go on a farewell tour, release a proper breaking up statement that could have been really funny, maybe a weird, stupid video. Now, all of that has gone to shit," he said. "We kinda checked out and it was just about money, which some people can do, but apparently, we're not good at doing things we don't want to do anymore. It made everyone go crazy and get angry in such typical band fashion: guys arguing and then drinking," Dap explained. "In the beginning, it was just us. We'd all hang out all the time, we all lived in this apartment together. Not that we were super friends, but sort of, you know? Really, it's a huge opportunity squandered."
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