Heems and Sonnyjim Tune In To “Al Jazeera”

The proud son of Queens teams up with a British MC for a transatlantic summertime sizzler.

June 17, 2016

While the American outlet of Al Jazeera shut down earlier this year, worldwide, the Qatar-based news operation is as prominent as ever. Now, courtesy of the British MC Sonnyjim and Queens' own Heems, Al Jazeera gets a particularly modern honor: its very own rap song. On this elegant summer sizzler, Heems and Sonnyjim take turns talking lighthearted shit, and bring the special relationship between the US and the UK ever closer.


Said Heems via email to The FADER of the song and corresponding video (premiered above), "I met Sonnyjim on tour out in Birmingham in 2013. He's one of my favorite dudes rapping right now. As British as he is, his lyricism reminds me of the rap I grew up with in New York in the 90s. Shooting this video was one of the rare occasions a drone flew above people with our skin color and we wasn't afraid of dying."

Sonnyjim's Mud In My Malbec is out next week, June 24th, on Daupe Records. And for more on Heems, you can check out some of The FADER's previous coverage right here.

Heems and Sonnyjim Tune In To “Al Jazeera”