Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Heems


In the fall of 2015, Himanshu Suri — a.k.a. Heems, the Queens-born, Indian-American rapper and former one-third of Das Racist —decided to lay low in India for a few months while all this Donald Trump hysteria blew over. Well, it obviously hasn't. But if anything, Swet Shop Boys (Suri's collaboration with Riz MC, British actor Riz Ahmed of HBO's "The Night Of") and their forthcoming album, "Cashmere," is a needed and well-timed response to the increasingly mainstream xenophobia popping up on both sides of the pond.