Jeru The Damaja – The Sun rises in the East

Today i wanted to talk to you about an album that is considered to be a classic one, at least in the hip hop world. Jeru the Damaja is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York. ”The Sun rises in the East” is his debut album, released back in 1994. Many people believe that it is one of the best hip hop albus ever recorded. It was produced by Dj Premier. I remember watching a video on youtube where another hip hop artist (Talib Kweli) mentioned Jeru. Just out of plain curiosity i decided to check out this artist whose name i’ ve never heard before. So that was the first time i came across ”The Sun rises in the East”. Thirteen tracks are included in this album. Approximately 21 years have passed since its release but the feeling i’ve got is that it never gets old. Certainly the most known track from this album is ”come clean”. In my opinion this a track that can be easily described as hardcore. It is a true delight to hear Jeru rap in this track. And certainly that minimal beat sticks easily in your mind. 1994 was a time where hip hop was slightly different than it is today. Just watch the video clip made for ”come clean” and you’ ll see what i’m saying here. Nevertheless, despite what most people believe, i consider ”ain’t the devil happy” to be the album’s best track. It is trully one hell of a track. The way i see it the lyrics of this song are great. Don’t forget that we’ re talking about hip hop here. Lyrics and verbal abilities are extremely important. Again you can find a sick beat here, dope as hell. Minimalistic yet great. And of course you must also check out ”My Mind spray”. I consider this track to be an atmospheric one. Again it stands out for its minimalistic, dope beat and for Jeru’s great mcing. Another great track from ”the sun rises in the east” is ”Brooklyn took it”. To be honest i’ve been listening to this album for three weeks straight now. And to be honest i can’t seem to stop. In my opinion these thirteen tracks form a great atmospheric album. An album characterized by Jeru’s excellent rimes and mcing, as well as its excellent beats. Definitely recommended for hip hop fans but not only for them. Here is a link where you can listen to ”The Sun rises in the East”: (


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