It’s been a couple of years since Brooklyn rap group Das Racist called it quits, much to the dismay of many hip hop heads. In the fallout, we have been treated to a few solo projects from Kool A.D. and now his ex-bandmate is finally branching out on his own. Set to release his debut solo album in March this year, Heems has also dropped the first single, ‘Sometimes.’
In a statement to Pitchfork, Heems (previously known as Himanshu Suri, sometimes known as Deepak Choppa, apparently) says the single “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.”
This theme looks to be carried through the impending album as well, with the record EAT PRAY THUG described by the rapper as “9/11 and Heartbreak” and featuring production from Dev Hynes, Voidwell, Harry Fraud, and Boody B. Take a listen to ‘Sometimes’ above.
EAT PRAY THUG is due for release on March 10.