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. In 2012 under rap name Heems, he released two solo mixtapes, Nehru Jackets and Wild Water Kingdom. After Das Racist split in late 2012, Heems headed to Bombay and began work on his official debut solo effort. The album was released in in 2015 and coincided with an exhibition of the rapper's artwork at the Aicon Gallery in New York City. Both the LP and the exhibition shared the same title, Eat Pray Thug.
‘EAT PRAY THUG’ COMMENTARY
“Sharply observed, painful, emotional, and deeply quotable”. – PITCHFORK
”Heems made something of a masterpiece. The rapping is fierce and focused, deep in the pocket and delivered with swagger and purpose." – STEREOGUM
"[Eat Pray Thug] juxtaposes cold-blooded hedonism and scathing social commentary.”– TIMEOUT NY
"A superb debut album. If you take a deep-dive into Eat Pray Thug (which you absolutely should), you'll find beneath all that boiling-over anger, a beautiful breakup album.” – NY MAGAZINE
"At times starkly political, at others heartbreakingly personal, Eat Pray Thug retains the intense cleverness that has marked Heems work in the past, while completely destroying any false perceptions that Heems was ever a (trigger warning) 'hipster rapper.'” – VICE
"8 out of 10” – SPIN
"All of Eat Pray Thug feels personal, necessary, and urgent." – PAPER MAGAZINE
"Heems goes deep on the surprisingly moving Eat Pray Thug.” – AV CLUB
"EPT has the means to be a classic album. It's filled with songs that are true hip-hop and rap: hard, clever rhymes, fun, painful, danceable and rage inducing.” – FLAVORPILL
"EAT PRAY THUG... a jaw-dropping debut.” – DAZED & CONFUSED
“This is a rapper that deserves to be watched.” – HINDUSTAN TIMES
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 ~