Published 25 April 20101 May 2010 · Main Posts Sick of arguing with white dudes on the Internet Jacinda Woodhead What can you expect from a couple of musicians – albeit, ‘well-schooled, culture-crossing MCs drop[ping] nuggets of sharp social commentary’ – with a self-described style of ‘deconstructionist’, who cite Edward Said and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak as their influences? If you were thinking: possibly a critique of race, class, ethnicity and pop culture framed through a theoretical lens resulting in irreverential hip-hop, you may be close. Das Racist also gives us • ‘You Oughta Know’: • ‘Chicken and Meat’: • ‘Rainbows in the Dark’: • Their debut album available for free on the Internet • Payback. Author John Green tweeted earlier this year that he didn’t know what Pat Robertson’s afterlife would look like, but knows what it: ‘will sound like. This. On repeat. Forever.’ That’s quite the compliment. Meanwhile, Death & Taxes magazine described ‘Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell’ as ‘an existential meditation on consumer identity in corporate America’ and ‘both feverishly juvenile and somehow profound’. • Duels and cartoon-offs Dear Farley Katz, While I appreciate you taking the time to blog about our viral art-rap song, I’m sorry to say your journalistic approach lacked vigor. When referring to our alma mater, you mentioned “the dean of Wesleyan’s twin monocles,” when it is a highly-publicized fact that Dean Charles Peyton Randolph Cottonbaron has three monocles. I have no idea how this got past the fact checkers. This is lazy journalism, pure and simple. I notice you’re a cartoonist and a gentleman with a history of dueling. I challenge you to a cartoon-off. Signed, Victor Vazquez • Demands that Sasha Frere-Jones ‘Stop trying to kill rap’, and haiku rebuttals: 1 Hip-hop dies each year. How many lives hip-hop got? Is hip-hop a cat? 2 This ain’t reverting back to your mom’s disco dog. Technology. 3 Elder statesmen! Dads! Turn down that autotune, son! Your jeans are skinny! 22 Hip-hop is not dead. Polka is dead. It died and is not coming back. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m utterly enamoured with these guys, and thought maybe, it’s possible, you might feel similarly. Jacinda Woodhead Jacinda Woodhead is a former editor of Overland and current law student. More by Jacinda Woodhead › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202312 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Judith Wright Poetry Prize ($9000) Editorial Team Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (that is writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world. In 2023, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202315 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize ($6500) Editorial Team Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career.