The Sun Rises in the East is a classic hip-hop album from the early 1990s. It is chock full of great -- really, really great -- beats courtesy of DJ Premier and is almost flawless, other than the annoying and degrading track "Da Bichez." Jeru takes aim at commercial rap artists and record labels with a flow that is at times purposely off-cadence and was beautifully original for the era. He followed it up with another great turn-in, Wrath of the Math.
Now, 15 years later, Jeru the Damaja is playing the White Room. He has put out a few so-so records since Math and no longer works with Premier, but I imagine that he will be doing some of the classics that made him famous. Hopefully we won't be subjected to a 45 minute a capella freestyle, which he is known to do from time to time. Either way it's worth the money to see a guy as talented as Jeru can be.
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Jeru the Damaja plays Friday, June 12 at the White Room. Also appearing are Juan Basshead, Alukard, Artofficial, Korpus Kounty, Don Sha, Nickle and Haulover Drive. Tickets cost $10 and the doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets available at www.presaleplanet.com