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Himanshu Suri aka Heems

Himanshu Suri (aka Heems) grew up in Queens, New York, a borough that still figures strongly in his creative palette. After studying economics and South Asian studies at Wesleyan University, he formed the hip hop group Das Racist with fellow rapper Victor Vazquez and hype man Ashok Kondabolu. Das Racist has gained critical and popular attention with its mixtapes Shut Up,Dude, and Sit Down, Man, and released its official debut album, Relax, in 2011. Heems released his own mixtape, Nehru Jackets, in January 2012. He is a member of the board of the Queens community organization SEVA. He is also an alumnus of Stuyvesant Hight School and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.