It’s a shame the members of Das Racist have to work so hard to convince people to take them seriously. Or maybe it’s not, because without that determination, we might not have this hour and 14 minute proof of talent from Himanshu Suri. Heems teamed up with SEVA NY to raise awareness about unfair redistricting in Queens, N.Y. But it’s not overwhelmingly political. There’s enough that it won’t go unnoticed, but the message is competing for attention with the seriously catchy beats, and Heems’ super intelligent lyrics and mellow yet aggressive flow.
The whole thing was produced by Heems’ longtime friend Mike Finito, and the list of guest rappers is impressive. Fellow D.R. rapper Kool A.D. makes an appearance, along with Action Bronson (also a Queens native), Despot, Childish Gambino, Danny Brown, and Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire. The latter two show up on what might be the best track of the album, “You Have to Ride the Wave,” along with a deep, unsettling beat and some borrowed words from Indian author Arundhati Roy.
If this mixtape doesn’t convince you Heems is talented, nothing will.
Nehru Jackets was available for free on Megaupload, but since the service was shut down, try one of the links just posted on Heems’ Tumblr.
P.S. Pretty sure there’s a shout out to “stoners in Boulder” 50 seconds into “What Do I Do When I’m Alone.”