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[Hip-Hop] Heems – Sometimes


When Das Racist split up a few years back, it was unclear what kind of musical output we could expect from its members and, for a brief moment, it appeared that we’d be losing some of the freshest talent in hip-hop. Luckily, since that time, frontman Himanshu Suri aka Heems has remained active with his record label, Greedhead Music, putting out impressive solo mixtapes and making feature appearances on several top-notch projects. Last week, Heems shared a new track along with an official release date for his debut studio album, Eat. Pray. Thug.

“Sometimes” sees Heems in top form spitting over evolving, dynamic production from Gordon Voidwell that allows his stream-of-conscious flow to truly shine as he adjusts his cadence in a way that perfectly matches the motif of the song. In Suri’s own words, this track focuses on “dualities, identity and the space between spaces” using the title as a starting point to portray a unique, important and insightful racial perspective not commonly found in rap music. Eat. Pray. Thug. is out March 10th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. In the meantime, enjoy this phenomenal piece of musical commentary above.

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[Hip-Hop] Heems – Cowabunga Gnarly (prod. Harry Fraud)

Queens-bred Heems, of Das Racist, continues his string of incredibly dope, albeit absurd, conscious raps with the latest Harry Fraud produced release from his highly anticipated upcoming mixtape. On “Cowabunga Gnarly,” Fraud, a rapidly rising artist, departs slightly from his signature sound setting the backdrop perfectly for his fellow NYC native with persistent, heavy drums and a variety of sprinkled vocal samples. In top form, Himanshu provides some insightful social commentary regarding race and materialism all the while maintaining his strangely engaging and free-flowing delivery. Unlike many artists who attempt to unveil modern issues, Heems does an unbelievable job of keeping the raps simultaneously entertaining and educational with his originality and own brand of comic relief.

Stream and download the unique “Cowabunga Gnarly” below and look out for Wild Water Kingdom, which is due out on November 1st via Greedhead.

’Heems – Cowabunga Gnarley (prod. Harry Fraud)’
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[Hip-Hop] Heems (of Das Racist) – Let it Go Feat. Cee Gee (Prod. Keyboard Kid)

It’s Bollywood meets the trap with this brand new track from Heems of Das Racist. As one of the most bizarre emcees in the game right now, Heems brings that same gritty oddball flow to this swagged out cut from his Wild Water Kingdom mixtape, dropping October 15th.  The song features a scattered sound, with an Indian sample which roughly translates to “Let me go,” while Cee Gee brings some reggae flavor to the chorus, all with some heavy drums blaring in the background and Heems talking trash throughout as usual.  It definitely makes for an interesting listen, and one that will leave you scratching your head while bopping it at the same time.

’Heems – Let It Go Feat. Cee Gee’
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[Hip-Hop] Talib Kweli – Attack The Block (Mixtape)

Talib Kweli is one of the lyrical masters of the game, so when he puts out free music, it’s a good idea to pay attention. Attack The Block may serve as a teaser to his upcoming album, Prisoner of Conscious, but it’s definitely a standout project all on its own. The 18-track project features verses from an eclectic group of artists including Black Thought, Lil Wayne, Mac Miller, Ryan Leslie, Ab-Soul, Das Racist, and even more. It’s this diverse selection of artists that really makes the mixtape distinctive from Kweli’s previous ventures.

’Talib Kweli – Congregation ft. Black Thought & Ab
Soul (Prod. by J Rhodes)’

’Talib Kweli – Outstanding ft. Ryan Leslie (Prod. by Boi

’Talib Kweli – Earning Potential ft. Mac Miller (Prod. by Amadeus)’

’Talib Kweli – I Like It ft. Das Racist (Prod. by OhNo)’

’Talib Kweli – Celebrate ft. Mack Maine & Lil Wayne’

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[Hip-Hop] Busdriver – Firehydrant (ft. Das Racist)

LA underground favorite, Busdriver, is best known for his unique style and absurdly fast and intelligent raps. On his most recent track, he teams up with Das Racist to create a strangely captivating display of quick-witted, unconventional lyricism. The production on “Firehydrant” toes the line between postmodern and obnoxious combining a plethora of unlikely sounds. However, the weirdness of all three emcees manages to emerge triumphant and, upon a few repeats, you will more than likely find the instrumental growing on you. Make sure to listen closely, as you’ll find a surprising amount of valuable content between the lines. Stream and download this original track below and look out for Busdriver’s upcoming Free EP, Arguments With Dreams, out next month.

’Busdriver – Firehydrant (ft. Das Racist)’

[via Pitchfork]

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[Hip-Hop] Himanshu – Killing Time

Himanshu, aka Heems, of Das Racist has one of the most unique, goofy styles in hip-hop. On his most recent release, “Killing Time,” he goes in lyrically with an extremely intelligent and insightful stream of consciousness over the noisy and addicting production of Yorissey. The Queens-based artist transitions flawlessly between topics discussing everything from structural societal issues to his own personal tendency to not care what others think.

Das Racist is planning to release their second album early next year. In the meantime, stream and download this cut, which will be featured on Himanshu’s upcoming mixtape, Wild Water Kingdom, out this fall.

’Himanshu – Killing Time’
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[Hip-Hop] Das Racist & Talib Kweli – The Actual

Two NYC legends link up for a showcase of east coast lyricism. Das Racist has one of the most unique sounds of anyone making rap music and on this track Heems, one half of the group, goes off with his stream-of-consciousness flow. We already know what to expect from Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli, who spits effortlessly over the classic, horn-driven production. A must listen for anyone who thinks hip-hop is a dying genre.

’10 The Actual.mp3′
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