James Bernard
July 29, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sun Rises in the East

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jeru The Damaja
Producers
FFRR, Payday
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B

The Brooklyn rapper Jeru the Damja deserves all the props he’s been getting for pyrotechnic wordplay. But the real star on this debut is producer DJ Premier (Gang Starr), who crams the 10 tracks on The Sun Rises in the East with sparse, rumbling beats and treble-y samples. Unfortunately, for all of Jeru’s rapping talent, his lyrics aren’t at all challenging or memorable. B

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