JERU THE DAMAJA
THE SUN RISES IN THE EAST
Hailing from the Gangstarr camp, Jeru made a deep scarring mark on hip hop with his breakthrough, debut offering The Sun Rises in the East. A tyrannical blend of boom bap and straight-no-chaser lyricism, Jeru's spit on this record alone put his name in the history books. With the foundation provided entirely by DJ Premier, track for track, there's very little competition. From the banging "You Can't Stop the Prophet" to the fuzz-laced "Statik" to the always head-nodding classic "Come Clean," the bumps of this record are the heartbeat of the city and Jeru's verses leave scathing burns.
As years went on, Jeru disappeared into the independent scene and never returned to form. But like many records on this list, Sun Rises chronicles a place in time--when hip hop was on the come-up and it seemed that anyone that grabbed a mic was the dopest mutha ever to spit. Sounds, techniques and methods were still being discovered. Every emcee was a character in a film. Everyone had a unique sound. And every record was, at the very least, worth listening to more than once.
This one is worth more than listening to a few times, it's worth owning multiple copies of. One for the turntable, one for the car and one to loan away.
"You Can't Stop the Prophet"
"My Mind Spray"