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Heems Folds Greedhead Label, Calls Out Unappreciative Roster

Himanshu Suri, aka rapper and former Das Racist member Heems, has been running his own Greedhead label since 2008. He started it to put out Das Racist material, and after Das Racist broke up in 2012, Greedhead released solo mixtapes from both Heems and Kool A.D., along with records by friends like Le1f, Meyhem Lauren,… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 9, 2015 - 6:52 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t think you can call it the best anything, but the most important music-related moving images this week were the flood of cell-phone videos from outside Hot 97 Summer Jam, where police responded to a fight by closing the show’s doors and then firing tear gas into the crowd. This sort of story i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Heems – “Damn Girl” Video

Former Das Racist rapper Heems released his masterfully-titled solo album Eat Pray Thug back in March, which we named Album Of The Week for its ability to tangle the deeply personal with greater societal issues. In-line with this interpretation, the video for “Sometimes” was a spot-on, winking critique of aspirational whiteness that featured Hannibal Bure… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 9, 2015 - 12:33 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Tom’s out in California surrounded by floral headbands and bros with GoPros over at Coachella this weekend, so I’m helping him out with this week’s roundup. While I’m sure that Rihanna’s “American Oxygen” video made some kind of stab at a political statement and was probably really nice looking, I didn’t watch it in time… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 10, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Heems – “Sometimes” Video (Feat. Hannibal Buress & Eric Andre)

Last month, the former Das Racist rapper Heems released the tough, incisive, smart-as-hell solo album Eat Pray Thug. His new video for “Sometimes,” the album’s absolute slapper of a first single, is a smart piece of comedy, a riff on the notoriously godawful Mike Myers movie The Love Guru that at least corrects that movie’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Album Of The Week: Heems Eat Pray Thug

There are people who, at the mere mention of the name “Das Racist,” will make a face like they smelled a fart. These people will then mention something about “that Pizza Hut song” — a wound from six years ago that apparently has not adequately healed yet. Das Racist came into the game with a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 10, 2015 - 12:22 pm

Heems – “Step Aside”

Today, the Queens rapper and former Das Racist member Heems releases Eat Pray Thug, his scorching, provocative, and excellent new solo album. This being release day, he’s chosen today to share a synthy, off-kilter non-album track called “Step Aside.” In a press release, Heems says that he’s “channelling Drake” on the song, so maybe that’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 10, 2015 - 11:04 am

Stream Heems Eat Pray Thug

The former Das Racist rapper Heems has recorded a couple of mixtapes since his group split up, but he hasn’t made a proper, commercially-available debut album until now. Heems recorded Eat Pray Thug in Brooklyn and Mumbai, and it’s been done for a while, with its release held up because of sample-clearance issues. It’s a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015 - 9:33 am

Nick Catchdubs – “Full House” (Feat. Troy Ave & Heems)

New Jersey’s Nick Catchdubs might’ve started out as a DJ, but he’s also a music-blog OG, and game recognize game. Back in the early ’00s, Catchdubs’ eponymous website had a lot to do with indie dorks figuring out how great rap and dance music could be. Since then, it’s been fun to watch Catchdubs’ rise,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015 - 1:08 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

All the songs chosen for 5 Best Songs this week are, intentionally or not, crushingly self-reflective and introspective. They concern relationships and how we actually relate to others emotionally, not just romantically, as well as how we treat ourselves. But that’s a lot to think about on a Friday afternoon. Let’s say that they’re all… More »

By: Stereogum / February 20, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Heems – “Home” (Feat. Dev Hynes)

The release of Heems’ Eat Pray Thug is rapidly approaching, but up until now we’ve only heard one song from the project, “Sometimes.” A second song is out there now: “Home” is the Das Racist alum’s collaboration with Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), and it turned out better than I could have imagined. Against the kind… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015 - 11:48 am

Heems – “Sometimes”

The former Das Racist rapper Heems has recorded a few mixtapes since his old group broke up. (The latest was a 2014 EP with Swet Shop Boys, his duo with the British rapper and actor Riz Ahmed.) But he’s announced the impending release of Eat, Pray, Thug, which is both his first commercially released solo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015 - 10:54 am

Watch Young Thug, Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Pusha T, & Dozens More On 42-Minute Posse Cut “The Rap Monument”

Up until today, the Game’s 13-minute, 25-rapper “One Blood” remix has been the final word in absurd, overlong rap posse cuts. But now Noisey & Hennessy have outdone it by putting together the 42-minute, 36-rapper “The Rap Monument.” The new track has verses from a deeply ridiculous number of rappers. Plenty of them are relative… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Swet Shop Boys Swet Shop EP

Last week in this space, I wrote that I hadn’t chosen the Swet Shop EP, the debut from the transatlantic rap duo Swet Shop Boys, only because it was too short. Well, fuck it. It’s true: Swet Shop is four songs and 13 minutes, and it doesn’t even have a proper album cover, which i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Stream Swet Shop Boys Swet Shop EP

When I spoke with Heems over the winter, he mentioned an upcoming EP with British actor Riz Ahmed (AKA Riz MC) under the name Sweatshop Boys. Turns out they’re spelling it Swet Shop Boys (pun), and their Swet Shop EP is out in the world now. Here’s what Heems had to say about it back… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 26, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Watch Heems’ Japanese Commercial For Vitamin Water

In our recent interview with Himanshu Suri, the rapper and former Das Racist member mentioned that he’d been bouncing around different parts of Asia, going to Tokyo at one point. It’s unclear if it happened then or at a different time, but the man better known as Heems now has a commercial for Vitamin Water… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Q&A: Heems On His Self-Imposed Exile In India, Greedhead’s Comedy Aspirations, And His Upcoming Solo Album

The music world hasn’t heard much from Himanshu Suri since late 2012, when the release of Wild Water Kingdom, his second solo mixtape of the year, was followed quickly by the announcement that his pioneering rap group Das Racist had broken up. Suri is about to break that silence. In recent months, the man best… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 3, 2014 - 11:22 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of the holiday, so we considered any music that dropped between last week and this one eligible for this week’s installment. And wouldn’t ya know it: Over the course of two truncated weeks we got five new songs from straight A-listers. Stakes is high. But who took… More »

By: Stereogum / January 3, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Vampire Weekend – “Step (Remix Feat. Danny Brown, Heems, & Despot)”

Vampire Weekend were lyrically namechecking Lil Jon the first time we ever heard them, nearly seven years ago now, but it’s taken them until now to drop an all-star rap remix. “Step,” the gorgeously shimmering midtempo jam from their 2013 album Modern Vampires Of The City (one of our favorites of the year) might be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 8:57 am

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – “Bad Dancer” Video

Yoko Ono’s video for “Bad Dancer,” a track off her recent album Take Me To The Land Of Hell, might be the most diversely star-studded video of the year. Reggie Watts, Heems, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, Ad Rock and Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Ira Glass, Questlove (slow dancing with Ono above), it just… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 4, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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