Jeru The Damaja is one of many favorite artist I have. His mc abilities are very thought out and useful even in todays time. I believe that Jeru was too advance for his time. If he came out now with his styles, and those beats, with his dj, forget about it.
Kendrick Jeru Davis, known as Jeru the Damaja (born February 14, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American rapper best known for his 1994 debut album, The Sun Rises in the East, ranked as one of the 100 greatest hip-hop albums of all time by the editors of About.com. He has worked extensively with Guru and DJ Premier of Gang Starr, whom he has known since he was in high school.
The discography of Jeru the Damaja, consists of five studio albums, one extended play and nineteen singles. His most successful album to date is his sophomore album Wrath of the Math, which peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200 in 1996. Jeru’s only song to date to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 is his debut single “Come Clean“, which peaked at #88 in 1993. I remember hearing “Come Clean“, When we didn’t have Shazaam back then, my Bboy days. TMI?
Jeru is here in a photograph next to Biggie Smalls. They were friend and foe’s. Thaformula had a chance to speak to him about Biggie.
ThaFormula.com – “Did you ever get a chance to see Biggie comin’ up seeing that you guys came up around the same time in Brooklyn?”
Jeru The Damaja – “We used to hang together on the corner. That’s my man. I mean Biggie, that’s one of my favorite MC’s and I think that I was one of his favorite MC’s. He told me, “Yo, you need to do a video for Brooklyn Took It and I just wanna stand there.” Like on MTV they were doing the Biggie story and he had on a Jeru the Damaja T-Shirt. Like I remember when he used to stand on the corner and just shoot dice. Nas and Premier used to come pick me up when Nas was recording his album “Illmatic.” I was in the studio when all them dudes did they album. I was there for the whole Illmatic. I was there when Biggie did his whole first joint.”
Here is a freestyle for Hot 97 using a track prior to Biggie Smalls.
They say Jeru was kinda buggin’ about it, since Biggie ended up using it in his LP. On another note, I came across this acapella piece on youtube and several others, that way we can hear some real flow, meaning and with style, with his ra-ra-ra!