Over the past year former Das Racist member Heems took a break from releasing solo material to put out music from artists like Le1f and Antwon on his label Greedhead Music. But 2014 looks like it will be a banner year for the rapper/label owner, who recently dropped the banger “Benny Lava” from his new duo Swet Shop Boys. Then in the past week he revealed a completely ridiculous rap jingle he recorded for a Japanese Vitamin Water commercial, and shared his new track for Anthony Bourdain’s CNN travel show, Parts Unknown.
After dropping two mixtapes in 2012, Heems (a.k.a. Himanshu Suri, formerly of Das Racist) had a decidedly low profile last year. Fortunately fans hungry for fresh bars from the rapper have a wealth of new material to look forward to. In addition to finishing up his first proper solo album, Heems has teamed up with London-based actor and rapper Riz MC (a.k.a. Riz Ahmed) for a joint project under the moniker Swet Shop Boys.
There was a specific moment when the seed for this blog was planted. On October 7th, 2012 I read a piece by New York Magazine’s Vulture on a documentary short called Dosa Hunt, directed by Amrit Singh (former writer for the influential indie music site, Stereogum, and current Music/Culture editor and on-air host for Diddy’s fledgling digital cable TV network REVOLT.) Continue reading Why “Dosa Hunt” Inspired This Blog