[SOTD] Heems – Cowabunga Gnarly


In 2010, Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, made a name for himself as the joke rap pioneer behind the duo Das Racist, famous for their nonsensical hit “Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” Two years later, Heems’ is back at it again with the release of his sophomore mixtape Wild Water Kingdom, proving that his raps are anything but cheesy.

On this cut from the mixtape, the Punjabi emcee brazenly spits over the complementary Harry Fraud-produced beat with a heavy drum-fill over a repeating billowy and vibrant sample. The hectic instrumental hits in the the style that primary producer and Das Racist-associate Mike Finito has come to master: a familiar boom bap executed to match the intensity behind Himanshu’s words. Propelling forward from his attributable sloppiness, Heems shoots his signature one-liners with a  ferocity that still manages to retain his ease and facility. In a daze of non-sequitur raps, the line between senselessness and witty world play grow increasingly cloudy, though the subtle commentary on his own battles with consumerism “‘Cause I was about my paper as a baby me / Sticking up all the kids stealing TI-83s” become a prevalent theme to his intentional absurdity.