Wild Water Kingdom is the second full-length mixtape from Himanshu Kumar Suri, aka Heems, the quick-witted, incisive Das Racist lead rapper who wilfully comes off as an obtuse, fuzzy-tongued neophyte thanks to his adherence to sloppiness as an aesthetic.
His flow is hungover, his ad libs inane ("I'm Bored!" he yelps on lead single Killing Time). He eschews traditional rap cadence and meter and has a fondness for hyper-arcane references - from the size of Pakistani rotis to record exec Dru Ha.
Obscure references extend to his samples, which come via rising producers like Harry Fraud and Le1f. So there's an Echo & the Bunnymen sample in Killing Time, the tropical synth line from 1980 Bollywood mega-hit Aap Jaisa Koi in Cowabungy Gnarly, the drum track from 2011 viral Indian hit Kolaveri Di in Soup Boys.
Add in some politicking and dissociative trilling and Wild Water Kingdom is revisionist rap meant for fans who believe in Heems's neurotic, post-post-colonial, lapsed-academic POV. And, well, fuck everyone else.
Top track: Soup Boys