Kool A.D., the Das Racist emcee who quit the group two months ago, only for the world to learn this past weekend, has his future planned — maybe. "Music is a young mans game," he tweeted on Tuesday. "Im working on a 10 yr plan to transition SMOOVLY into painting and writing novels."
While A.D., alias Victor Vazquez, was always the tougher half of Das Racist to gauge on the joking/not-joking scale, the fact that he's selling $100 paintings of Sharpie and watercolor art on 11" x 17" paper tells us he's serious this time. (...probably.) Peep one Kool A.D. canvas, titled REAL HIP HOP:
And there's more on Kool's Instagram—like an elongated McDonald's logo and a Mickey Mouse-ish portrait paired with the words "Perpetual Desire." The art seems to have sold out quickly, but should a Vazquez novel ever materialize, it'll be suitably bizarre as well.
"One time high on drugs in a miami hotel room i started writing a novel where the main character was ll cool j," he tweeted. "Then i gave up and decided i shouldn't write a novel til im 40 like haruki murakami or charles bukowski."
Pair that with Vazquez's line on a remix of Kanye West's "New God Flow"—"I was tryna be a novelist / but who f---in' reads books, be honest?"—and it looks like it'll be a while, if ever, till The Kool A.D.yssey hits shelves. Meanwhile, his former rap partner Himanshu Suri is tweeting book-writing thoughts as well.
Considering Kool A.D. dropped two mixtapes this year (as did Heems), it's unlikely he'll vanish from music any time soon. Rolling Stone reports Vazquez is "working on some 50 tracks for three other projects, and has even rekindled his high school punk band, for which he plays drums." Vazquez also says there's no lasting bad blood between himself and Himanshu.
"We're more or less friends. I think he would agree that we just don't want to be in a professional capacity. It just doesn't make sense to have our money and our public image and our career tied up in each other, 'cause we're trying to do slightly different things.
What kind of time warp?! '90s (and early 2000s) rock icons Fred Durst, Scott Weiland and Mark McGrath get photobombed by '70s icon Wayne Newton, aka Mr. Las Vegas. This should be all these guys' Christmas cards.