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Eat Pray Thug

Heems - Eat Pray Thug
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #504 / 771
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
2015 Ratings: #344
March 10, 2015 / Release Date
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Megaforce / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Such uncompromising rhymes means Eat Pray Thug falls firmly in the category of "ain't for everybody," but that's the thrilling bit, as everything else about the album is alluring.

80
Exclaim!

There are more questions here than resolutions, making Eat, Pray, Thug a thinking person's record, but that's a good thing, especially now that he's speaking to his largest audience yet.

80
Spin

In many ways, Eat Pray Thug is a prequel to Das Racist, filling in the biographical gaps of a seemingly inscrutable wiseass from when he had to cry before he could laugh.

75
A.V. Club

To its credit, Eat Pray Thug never feels like a forced or obligatory stab at maturation. Instead, it seems like Heems has a lot to get off his chest and has little use for obfuscation, hooks, or irony.

70
Rolling Stone
It's the least think-piece-ready album he's ever been on — but with tons of incisive emotional insights on growing up of South Asian descent in post-9/11 America, it's the most likely to kick-start a long career.
70
HipHopDX

Eat Pray Thug is a remarkably moving opus condemning ethnocentricity and wallowing in relational grief.

70
PopMatters
At some point, all the music’s dissonance and divergence just makes it more vital and interesting. Without Das Racist, Heems’ limitless creativity has completely erupted, and as messy as it all is, it’s a little beautiful, too.
67
Consequence of Sound
His messages are so strong that it seems strange to dilute them with pop songs.
63
Pitchfork

Eat Pray Thug isn’t lacking in ideas, just focus, and there are long stretches where it’s much harder to connect to Heems’ persona.

60
The Skinny
His political material far outshines the comparatively blunt relationship post-mortems but both are buoyed by an idiosyncratic, Bollywood-inflected production which, along with Heems' affable character, shines throughout.
exception
80
Heems' first solo LP shows some of his best lyrical content yet. He was always the more skilled songwriter in the group (although I do like Kool A.D. a little bit more) and his talent shows on Eat Pray Thug. There is a good ratio of typical Heems songs, with upbeat semi-serious attitudes, and more political songs about his heritage, which is where I believe his wordplay truly shines. He's got some great hooks, verses, and stories told through his raps. At this point, I'm not sure how much ... read more
TheBravesDH
70
Das Racist member goes pop to decent results. Songs vary from insightful looks to life in America as a Muslim post-9/11 like Flag Shopping and Patriot Act to infectious club bangers like Pop Song(Games).
Henrique_sem_ue
86
Heems starts by talking about duality with the first track "Sometimes" and throughout Eat, Pray, Thug Heems goes everywhere you can go in a rap record.
Z.Younk
82
Himanshu delivers his side of what made Das Racist the greatest rap group of the 2000's or 2010's. Whereas Kool AD always delivered his often satirical, always dazzling serpentine word flow, Heems added the hard-hitting satirical flavor with experimental takes on pop-rap trends. The rappers always had a way of accomplishing 2 things, mocking those mainstreamers with little talent and doing what they do better than them simultaneously, adding depth to even the most shallow type of rap trends. In ... read more
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