Heems
Nehru Jackets


4.0
excellent

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
February 1st, 2012 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heems pretty much makes a sweet mixtape namsayin'?

I haven’t done much or stretched my creative muscles in a long time. I usually spend my time eating heated-up leftovers in front of my laptop whilst downloading and listening to exceedingly large amounts of hip-hop and indie rock. Socializing (other than through the internet) has practically become a lost art to me. My inability to do things stems from laziness and being poor, so when Heems talks, spits or whatever synonym for rapping you can come up with about these subjects, I feel I can relate in a way. There’s a difference between both our talks of being poor and lazy; whereas I complain about both of these factors, Heems brags about his laziness and lack of funds as if they were diamond chains or 40-inch rims bouncing on a car. Growing up in a poor Brooklyn neighborhood and being a multitude of ethnic minorities can do that to you.

On Nehru Jackets, Heems is a braggart in every sense of the word. Popov, Dubra, cheap weed, and even cheaper clothing; it’s all material for Heems to wrap his hazy, relaxed flow around. He lives the lifestyle of a hermit, albeit one who graduated from a liberal-arts college and lives in an apartment with access to computers and television. Nonetheless, he is still a poor, in-the-Zen hermit with an enlightened view on my life. Listening to Jackets reminded me of the Mike Judge classic Office Space in that it has an airy yet disheartening view on the working class. It seems like Heems shares those views of an easy lifestyle. Should Heems have to work to obtain cash? He doesn’t think so apparently, but in order to obtain said moolah, he has to work his ass off to sound lazy on Nehru, and it works.

Of course Heems isn’t just all pop-culture references and rapping about being poor as if it were rapping about being rich. Heems also tends to rap about politics and the ideologies he believes in . Over some hard –ass drums and cheap, tinny synths on “NYC Cops”, Heems talks about how corrupt and dark New York police are, selling crack to immigrants and beating minorities to near-death while getting away with it under the post-Koch mayoral rule of New York City. There’s also talk of a lack of jobs and living space for Mexicans, Arabs, and more. What gets me is how blatant the manner in which all of the issues listed is talked about. Normally Das Racist is pretty subtle or clever with the social commentary but Heems just lets all of his abstract jumbles of emotions within his mind just tumble out, sometimes clumsily and sometimes in coherent form. Unsurprisingly enough, the political tracks are easily the weakest out of all of the material present, and at 25 tracks strong that’s too many to list.

“Straight shots of whiskey, with no Coca-Cola”

The above line is from the “Coca-Cola Freestyle”, which uses Bollywood-sounding vocal samples to lay down the template for a hard-snapping beat, and to me it represents the sound of Nehru Jackets; Straight shots of the good stuff with no extra-flavoring or mixes to f*ck up the drink. Heems talks about simple stuff in the most open manner, such as wanting to “smoke blunts in lawn chairs” and drink “little drinks with umbrellas in them.” He’s the quintessential stoner-geek of any group, the one with the cheap weed and all of the best pop culture jokes and references. Well if the jacket fits, then wear it with pride.

While Jackets with many excellent freestyles, Heems is no slouch in the song-crafting department either. “It’s the Drug I’m Needing” and “Womyn 2” are both excellent full length cuts, with the former working a soft, ethereal beat while the latter benefits from a shining Childish Gambino spot. Both have the typical song length of around 3 minutes and serve as reminders that while Heems may be at his strongest lyrically on freestyles, he can still spit a mean 2-3 sets of 16 bars without trouble or hesitation. Still, the freestyles are the best tracks everything –wise, including his tribute/commentary to Jason Bourne and the aforementioned Coca-Cola freestyle. Here Heems spits his cleverest, smartest and hardest sentences on all of the subjects and material he’s accumulated over the years.

Musically Nehru Jackets consists of cheap synth work, looped Bollywood vocal samples, and neck-snapping drums. I mean the drums are kind of raw and unmixed but these are the hardest drums I’ve heard since El-P’s “Drones over BKYLN” dropped a few months ago. No other musical surprises lie in the wait, although these are some of the hardest head bangers I’ve heard in a while, especially on “Alien Gonzalez” and the creepy-factoring of “Swate”, where Lakutis spits creepy sh*t over a ghostly, skeletal beat. Other than that, nothing else changes much over the course of the album, musically or vocally.

I can finally say I’m the go-to-guy at my school for music recommendations, especially rap, and I will definitely push Nehru Jackets as the next big thing, right up there with Spaceghostpurrp and the Green Ova crew. Heems is definitely spitting hard this time around after a lackluster performance on Relax and Kool A.D.’s tape ending up being complete bull***. Nehru Jackets is Heems apology for having to deal with the groups BS, and a damn fine apology it is.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Eclecticist
February 1st 2012


3863 Comments


I really did not like this album but good on you for reviewing it. Das Racist fans will definitely dig this.

Urinetrouble
February 1st 2012


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man. wrote this at 2 am on coffee and loud music. Foegive me if it reads lousy

Eclecticist
February 1st 2012


3863 Comments


I don't like the first paragraph or the last but the rest of it reads well and really describes what I heard when I listened to the album a few days ago so pos!

Tyrannic
February 1st 2012


3262 Comments


i'm a pretty lazy reader, but this doesn't seem too long to me. well done

Eclecticist
February 1st 2012


3863 Comments


lol I just realized that there is no track listing

balcaen
February 1st 2012


3183 Comments


tbh i like this a lot more than any das racist. thanks julien, this def needed a review.

SO MANY DESI BEAAATTTS

balcaen
February 1st 2012


3183 Comments


lol I just realized that there is no track listing


submitted.

also Danny Brown and Childish Gambino are fucking great on this.

FourthReich
February 2nd 2012


17554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first paragraph ftw, pos'd. lookin' foward to this.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


9034 Comments


Heems is like 10x better than Kool AD, so I'm excited to hear this

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


23818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

downloaded this but there's no info attached to the files and the ocd in me won't let me add it to my iTunes without the track names etc. and there's no track names here either urhgmhmgmgghrirg

I need to find the tracklisttttttt brb google

(by the way good review n junk)

Bloodbirds
February 2nd 2012


250 Comments


PARLE G

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


23818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wait this guy is from Das Racist? damnit

FourthReich
February 3rd 2012


17554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WOW "swate" kicks some major ass, and the album as a whole is extraordinary.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2012


23818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

really not liking this guy's sound at all. 2/5 from one listen.

Urinetrouble
February 3rd 2012


5760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aids is dumb for having his own opinion

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2012


23818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i know right

balcaen
February 3rd 2012


3183 Comments


aids is dumb because this guy is chill as fuck

Casablanca
February 4th 2012


262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is sooo damn fun! Heems is really entertaining to listen to. I always figured Kool AD would outshine him on solo material, but I think he proved me wrong

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2012


6109 Comments


lol'd at parle g, dgaf about these guys

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2012


23818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

balc dont make me come over there

this guy is chill yeah but his rapping sucks. idk some of it was ok but overall just not my thing at all.



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