Punjabi-American rapper, founder of Greedhead Music, and native New Yorker, Himanshu "Heems" Suri launched his solo career while a member of alternative hip-hop group Das Racist.
QCA had a chance to interview Heems.
Check it out below!
How are you inspired by the artistic communities of Queens?
I'm inspired by the world around me and Queens is a perfect microcosm for this world. I'm inspired by immigrant journeys and this is where it all begins for people coming to New York. In Queens I found a community of like-minded creatives who like myself straddle multiple identities.
How does your work address a need for cultural equity?
My work is intended to make noise, to be seen and to be heard. While South Asians in this country are equated with professional success we're often limited to this role in capitalism instead of the other facets of our lives, work, and experiences. I hope to give these facets a voice and existence and to shatter stereotypes of Asian-Americans in the process.
What has been your experience as an artist/advocate living/working in Queens?
In Queens I've found a community of artists coping with the same issues I am in a post-9/11 America and a constant source of inspiration for the stories I tell.
Which of your projects would you like to tell our readers about?
I think my work on Eat Pray Thug and on Swet Shop Boys' Cashmere does a good job of setting my first-generation experience to music.
QCA will honor Heems at the 2019 Gala - Bollywood Carnival!
Join us! It will be a fun and festive celebration of our borough's artistic community.
Come and experience the customs and cuisine of a rich culture.
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
7pm - 10pm
The Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
~ festive attire ~