Relax - Das Racist
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  • Summary: The pop-rap experimentalists release its debut full-length album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    "Come to our shows and they're clapping again/Thank you my friends" isn't sarcastic, which doesn't mean it's devoid of irony or should be. "There's a brand new dance/Give us all your money/Everybody love everybody" is sarcastic.
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    88
    Relax is Das Racist's first commercial release, yet it shares the dense sprawl and uncomfortable laughs of the group's previous Internet mixtapes.
  3. The dead air that seemed to sometimes crop up previously has been filled or chopped out completely, creating a record with taut and purposeful momentum.
  4. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    A motley crew of producers (Diplo, El-P, Rostam from Vampire Weekend, Drake affiliate Francis Farewell Starlite, one of the dudes from Yeasayer) serves up shinier, harder, louder, thornier beats, and our heroes occasionally respond in kind.
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    75
    At times, the free-association gets to be a bit much, but it's all held afloat by trampoline beats from a stud cast that includes the likes of Diplo and El-P, all channeling Magoo-era Timbaland, Kelis-era Neptunes, and Hov-era Panjabi MC.
  6. 70
    Considering the frequent, quickly turned-around, and mostly undercooked efforts of this very niche micro-genre, Relax is Das Racist's definitive album to date.
  7. Sep 30, 2011
    50
    On Relax, Das Racist, at worst, deliver an album that tries too hard to sound like every other rap album out there.

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 2, 2014
    10
    Hyper intelligent meta rap soup for the postmodern soul.... They ditch the samples and construct their own challenging and ultimately rewarding beats, they don't ditch their brilliantly conceived minority stoner genius personas, and they focus things more than on either of their great mix tapes Expand
  2. Sep 17, 2011
    9
    After 2 awesome full length mixtapes Das Racist continues their streak with Relax...the beats are entertaining and catchy, and their freestyles are as inventive as they have ever been. Their ability to not take themselves seriously while taking themselves seriously proves to be an innovative effort. Definitely one of the hip hop groups to watch out for Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2011
    8
    Not as good as the mixtapes but still entertaining and worth the money. Some of the songs are really weird and they sing in "girl." I know. Weird stuff. Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2013
    7
    Tired of rapping about drugs, gangbanging, and...well ok, not sex. This album, done by the New York MC's famous for "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell", is a different set of pace from most rap albums and doesn't take itself too seriously, delivering an interesting, enjoyable and funny album to bump to. The beats are great, with a big electronic influence. The lyrics are also a high point, with metaphors and wordplay abundant and humorous lines spit left and right. The features are all on point, most notably Danny Brown and El-P. The album would have been better if it was a couple songs shorter, and the hooks are fairly uninspired, but hip-hop fans shouldn't sleep on this one. A strong 7. Expand

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