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Jean Grae

Although she was born in South Africa, Jean Grae (real name Tsidi Ibrahim) will always be a New Yorker by heart. The daughter of two jazz musicians, Jean learned an appreciation for all genres of music at an early age. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a vocal major and was later accepted to New York University as a Music Business major. Disenchanted by the classroom settings, Jean decided early on that she was more of a hands-on learner. During high school she learned to read and arrange music as well as learn classical and choral arrangements, giving her a good foundation on becoming a hip-hop writer and producer.

Jean Grae (then known as What? What?) was recruited by a rapper named Ocean, who formed a group called Natural Resource in the mid-90s. In 1997, Natural Resource founded their own record label, Makin' Records, and released the 12" single, "Negro League Baseball", which became an underground hip-hop classic. They followed with several other 12"s including "I Love This World", "They Lied" and "Bum Deal". In addition to writing and producing with Natural Resource, Jean Grae also produced singles for Makin' Records artists Pumpkin Head, Don Scavone and The Bad Seed.

Natural Resource broke up in 1998 due to creative differences, but the exposure with the group worked towards Jean's benefit. Changing her name from What? What? to Jean Grae, she was asked to appear on a number of songs with artists such as Herbaliser, High & Mighty, the Mumia 911 Project, the Hip-Hop For Respect project, Mr. Len, Da Beatminerz and Masta Ace.

In the summer of 2002, Jean Grae released her debut album, Attack of the Attacking Things. The album featured the assistance of Da Beatminerz, Mr. Len, and Masta Ace. The album received much critical and fan acclaim as one of the best female hip-hop albums since Lauryn Hill's 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This Week followed in 2004. ~ Quibian "Q" Salazar-Moreno, Rovi
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Jean Grae dope AF! If y'all like her you'll love Rapsody...
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so dope
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Best female artist since Mrs. Hill
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Wow First time hearing of her and already a fan!
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MY FAVORITE JEAN CAN SHOW SOME OF THERE CHICKS HOW 2 SPIT. WHAT ! WHAT !
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She hot
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Black Queen stelo
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Great music.
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Another underrated rapper that has originality and not imitation
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Truly love this girls spoken talent!!...I n s p i r e s me to write something right now
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Extremely underrated! Much love and respect!
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a.siby
ITS SO GOOD TO FINALLY HEAR REAL HIP HOP. LAURYN HILL AND JEAN GRAE MAAAAADDD WICKED, SIMPLY THE BEST ;)
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afbecton
I love Jean one of the best ever this is real hip hop
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Her n Tiye p the best that ever done it
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Best female hip hop artist out there. No contest.
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yo this my girl right here she straight dope yo REAL TRUE HIP HOP
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Jean grae and lauryn hill f**k nicki minaj
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murphyb18
232s check out dailyplanet on soundcloud he's the featured artist on this track
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underated mc....one of the best i never heard
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Jean Grae is one of the best emcees never heard!
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naziyr69
Jean Grae is on point. Love your work sis. Be peaceful
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Jean grae is great female rapper.and she illest on the mic.
Peace!
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Jean Grae is the truth! Underrated for sure! Truly one of the best M.Cee's ever, Man or Woman!
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Pay attention!
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1st time hearing about her. LOVE THIS!!!
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Real Talk Jean Grae best female rap/hip-hop artist #handsdown
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I just discovered Jean and i'm pissed i didn't know about her a long time ago!! Hott Music -- Flows like fluid!! She just moved to the top of my best artist already!!
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Jean is truly one of the Illest on the mic hands down...male or female you truly don't want to see here!!!
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one of the best lyricist alive.
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my fav female rap artist by far
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God, I love Hip Hop
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coleeyd
def one of my fave songs from Jean...spoke to my soul on this one.
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what? what? motherland born microphone specialist.. . m a y b e i can find estrogen on here
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jbatrain
One of many real female hip hop artis around. That's what's up.
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ldyjae
lOVE IT!
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SHOUT OUT TO ALL OF YOU THAT KNOW WHAT REAL MUSIC IS MY FAVORIT SONG IS GONE,INDEEFE E D AND YOU NEVER KNOW
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Jean Grae and the 9th Wonder is the sickes collabation, k e e p it real and hiphop,"stay off that radio",hope to see at the next rock a bells!!
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Jean Grae man what can i say "tight work"!
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Hero Material.
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The Jeanious!
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she's tight keep hip hop alive. she's repping for all the women!
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She is the TRUTH
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fooly_me_coo l y
good s**t.
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I am from the south and she is the best hip hop artist i am so tired of rapper rappen about the same thing cars and rims spit some thing i can lean from
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SSC246
best rapper alive
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sister is bad true new yorker.
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Jean is the ill s**t. Great lyricist from day one.
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the best female artist in hip hop for about 10 years amale

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