Heems Says Fox Bought the Rights to Produce a Sitcom About His Life

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Rapper Heems poses for a portrait at Irving Plaza on October 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

[articleembed id=”130261″ title=”Q&A: Heems on His Quest for Racial Identity and How Hip-Hop Gets Lost in Translation in Asia” image=”130263″ excerpt=”When you walk into the Long Island house that Himanshu Suri shares with his parents, it's easy to forget that he's also Heems, the artist whose outsized personality used to make up one-third of the former SPIN cover-adorning rap group Das Racist”]

Heems, an outspoken rapper and lifelong Queens resident, tweeted on Wednesday that 20th Century Fox has bought the rights to his life story and is interested in producing a sitcom about him. The former Das Racist rapper has a penchant for balancing wit and insightful cultural criticism in his work, including his reflections on what it was like to grow up as a young Indian-American in post-9/11 America. While there’s certainly no guarantee that the Heems show will air (he still has to write the pilot and pitch it to networks, which is a big if), but he’s a pretty exciting character, especially as television gets increasingly diverse with the success of shows like Empire and Fresh Off the Boat


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