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Jeru The Damaja

Speaking out against what he saw as a decline in rap during the mid-'90s, Jeru the Damaja came to the fore as a self-proclaimed prophet and the savior of hip-hop, much as KRS-One had done almost ten years before. Jeru first appeared as a guest on Gang Starr's Daily Operation album, and his own deal with Payday/ffrr appeared soon after, resulting in 1994's The Sun Rises in the East. Though he made few friends in the rap world -- given his outspoken criticism of such popular figures as the Fugees and Sean "Puffy" Combs -- he proved a vital force in the emergence of the new rap consciousness of the late '90s.

Raised Kendrick Jeru Davis in Brooklyn, the Damaja began writing rhymes at the age of ten. At high school, he met Guru and DJ Premier of Gang Starr, and first guested on Gang Starr's "I'm the Man," from the 1992 album Daily Operation. Jeru toured with the group during 1993 and released his solo debut, Come Clean, for Gang Starr's Illkids label. The single became an underground sensation and led to his contract with Payday Records. He recorded The Sun Rises in the East with DJ Premier producing, and released the album in 1994. Though the album was well-received, Jeru got some flak for the song "Da Bichez" -- though he explicitly stated that most girls did not fit into the category. During 1994, he appeared on Digable Planets' second album (Blowout Comb) and recorded his follow-up, Wrath of the Math, with DJ Premier and Guru once again helping out with production. The independent record Heroz4hire followed in early 2000, and his protégé, Afu-Ra, debuted in 2000 with Body of the Life Force. Jeru kept a surprisingly low profile thereafter, though he did appear on a stellar track from Groove Armada's 2001 album Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub). Two years later, another solo album, Divine Design, was released, but it wasn't until 2007 that Jeru made another record, Still Rising. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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YEA HE DEF.DIDN'T GET HIS PROPS LIKE HE SHOULD'VE
SELF-PROCLAI M E D PROHET !.....
SPIT SON
derrickg74
I seen him in Heidelberg Germany. They wasn't letting blacks in to see our own artist. I'm glad I was able to stand my ground and who was on tour. Jeru. All I can say is that you can't stop the prophet.
nicko252008
Seen him at the knitting factory with ILL BILL, in 03' or 04 Jeru killed it. He's also a really funny guy. He is a legend in NY period, just cause he didn't sell out like pretty much everyone else don't mean he's underrated.. .
One of my favorite beats and cap it off with Jeru... f**k yes
jeru should replace obama!!
Hated & underrated.. J e r u got under alot of the "Hip Pops" elites skins..Even on "Kick in the Door" by the late great BIG he told Premier" Son i'm surprised you run with them"..Jeru is pure hip hop
Yes
Dirty rotten scoundrel... . . . . . . t h e truth!!!
Big up JURU
HE DID NOT GET PROP LIKE HE SHOULD HAVE
Jeru hit the heart strings of hip hop just like O.C did
He had them classic joints,this. c d was a major part of my childhood.
Dirty★★★★★!! !
Miss the good ol days of Hip Hop
Jeru props due........R . I . P Guru, GANGSTARR... . . . . R o c k Rock on Premo
HE ON PONIT
This IS MY TRACK I HAVE BE LOOKING FOR THIS (
josjen3
Thus brother is one Bad mutta
Ya Playin' Yaself = Eargasm
I miss rap when it was like this, I mean things just aren't the same anymore from when I was growing up.. Brothers spoke about real s**t when i was younger... Now they just talk pure s**t these days in rap!!! lol The truth though!
Jeru was,and is one of the best lyricist.i grew up off this.
rmottlow3
Classic
Classic
He's got skills
Yo u got to give it up to jeru
Wat IM trying to find out is he rapping dis s**t in da 90s n he said da towers falling down n tourist hijackin planes.....d a t didn't happen till 01....wtfuck
Drs love it or leave it alone. You weren't meant to expose ya eardrums.
Im on slow boat trying to catch up Dayum this shyt is bangin!
I've always liked Jeru. He's a true MC
All I can say is Jeru is the DAMAJA on the mic on stage anytime anywhere period!!!!
Jeru is Da God that u dnt challange lyrically. The Sun Rises In The East was mathematical l y based and some missed it. True Champion of Hip Hop. To not like or disrespect is a disrespect to ones self. Peace to the God! !
I have liked this man's music since Come Clean. Fool in the video got lost in Brooklyn.
Jeru is a true hip hop soldier!!
Can we please get another Jeru and Primo album?
I haven't heard Come Clean in awhile. Reminds me of when I used to live in Lawrence,KS in 1997 and took a vinyl hunting trip with a friend to Kansas City,MS. I found a Come Clean single on vinyl that I was looking for everywhere in Cali; where I lived prior to Lawrence. I was stoked by the find. Anyways, I got dropped of at the bar where my friends were and I remember having it when we left that particular bar, but, at the end of the night I lost it somewhere.
cshrdr
Jeru smoked um in Hawaii, ALLRIGHT!
elevatedflow
lyrics to real for these kids to handle
word to jeru the damaja
real shyt right here!!
one of my favorote albums of all times jeru was so underrated love real hiphop
jeru is a problem he was way ahead of his time jus glad i was able to appreciate it real s**t
@mncndnc: Thanks for that link! that was quality mind food
gasp he was on an old tony hawk game
alexjschuurm a n
Jeru should bring out a newer album. I got loot for that.
Ill for sure.
yeah he's hott who knows he might have been a more valuable asset had he ran with black moon but he stil did his thing BROOKlyn
Rare footage from Video Music Box with Crazy Sam, featuring Jeru, Method Man, Smiff n Wessun, Lauryn Hill and others talking about how police brutality affects their communities in New York City. Jeru dominates this discussion, dropping some serious knowledge, as usual!
http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = t J E M 8 s I S 0 u c
One of the best East Coast guys around, he should be as well known as the Wu-Tang.
rip any crew big jeru
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