Last night, Jay-Z held a fancy-ass listening party for his long-forthcoming Kanye collaboration Watch the Throne--the Fader got kicked out for live-Tweeting from the event, and Sean Fennessey wrote it up nicely (and, you know, afterward) for GQ. That's all well and good and all, and I'm sure we'll be hearing singles from this album played incessantly on the Unicorn's jukebox in place of "Run This Town" and "Empire State of Mind" for the next two years straight. But I think it's safe to say that the big news in 2011 hip-hop* hit this morning, with the announcement of Relax, Das Racist's impending commercial debut (following two ace mixtapes), and with it this cover art:
**NB: I know that, technically, this buzz-cut is hella old news, but I missed these guys at Sasquatch! this year, Kool AD was wearing a hat at this party back in Feb, and really, what matters is that this album cover is the visual text that accompanies their first commercial debut, the image that will solidify Das Racist's likeness in the minds of tens, maybe even hundreds of listeners--and on those grounds, this is essentially the official debut of said buzz-cut.
***DR classic "Rainbow in the Dark" gets re-lit here, which is as good a time as any to re-recommend the Anamanaguchi remix of it.