Heems Sets His Inner-Monologue Free in the Fast-Talking ‘Sometimes’


Das Racist co-founder Heems has unveiled an excellent solo track called “Sometimes,” which is set appear on his upcoming debut album, Eat, Pray, Thug. Recorded in Bombay and Brooklyn, Eat, Pray, Thug features production from Dev Hynes, Harry Fraud, and others. On its debut single, the Queens-born rapper — born Himanshu Kumar Suri, and who is now asking you to call him Deepak Choppa — raps over a manic beat helmed by producer Gordon Voidwell and lyrically bounds from one end of his personality spectrum to the other, chanting, “Sometimes I’m like this / Sometimes I’m like that / Sometimes I’m pretty thin / Sometimes I’m pretty fat / Sometimes I’m over here / Sometimes I’m over there / Sometimes I care a lot / Usually I don’t even care.”   

Commenting on “Sometimes” in a written statement, Heems said: 

“‘Sometimes’ is about dualities, identity and the space between spaces. Like so many other people, as a first generation South Asian in the U.S. I often felt like I lived two lives, an Indian one and an American one. I lived, at once, in and between two spaces and outside them as well. On another level, I also often felt like in America I lived in the space between black and white. Dualities are normal though. As fun as rap is, I can’t always feel happy. Sometimes I feel sad too. It also pays homage to hip-hop before me with cadences referencing both Nice and Smooth and Busta Rhymes.

Hear “Sometimes” above, and look out for Eat, Pray, Thug when it drops on March 10.


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