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  • Audio CD (May 24, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: May 25, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • ASIN: B000003R5O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro (Life)
2. D. Original
3. Brooklyn Took It
4. Perverted Monks In Tha House (Skit)
5. Mental Stamina
6. Da Bichez
7. You Can't Stop The Prophet
8. Perverted Monks In Tha House (Theme)
9. Ain't The Devil Happy
10. My Mind Spray
11. Come Clean
12. Jungle Music
13. Statik

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When a Rastafarian MC stole the show on Gang Starr's posse cut "I'm the Man" (from their Daily Operation LP), rap fans took notice. And they were not disappointed by Jeru the Damaja's aptly titled debut, The Sun Rises in the East. His ability to drop rhymes filled with Biblical references and simultaneously speak out against the C.R.E.A.M credo that permeates hip-hop is unparalleled. The Brooklyn mic fiend's vast vocabulary and clear delivery are on display on "Mental Stamina," where he gloats that he's a "Phoenician with more stamina than a Christian," as he introduces the world to rhyme partner Afu Ra. And the street anthem "Come Clean" features DJ Premier--arguably hip-hop's best producer--at his finest (check the drippy faucet sample). This album isn't without controversy, however. On "Da Bichez," Jeru draws a distinction between what he calls "bitches" and "young ladies" over a hot horn loop. But in spite of some inconsistencies in his stance as a prophet, this 40-minute album contains no filler, and remains his best work to date. --Dalton Higgins

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You should not consider yourself a TRUE hip hop fan unless you have this album in your collection.
It's well known that DJ Premier was in charge of production for artists like Jeru, Group Home, M.O.P. and GangStarr.
N. Razon
Jeru really emerges as an amazing lyricist, displaying a simple flow but always having a purpose with his verses.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By gavin redmond on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ill rhymes+dj premier's beats, what else could any rap fan ask for?? After appearing on 2 gangstarr albums, JERU blasted his way onto the solo scene with his single "come clean". A 5min track educating heads about forgetting about the guntalk+to start taking it back to talent, with the immortal line "..leave ya nine's at home+bring ya skillz to the battle!!" Backed by an apocalyptic beat arrangement, ginsu sharp cuts+scratches by preemo and an unbelieveable sample of water dropping onto pipes, it ACTUALLY has to be heard to be believed. With only 10 tracks on the album (plus 3 interludes) there's no room for error and thankfully both mc+producer are at the pinnacle of their games on this. The musical soundscapes added with thunderous beats, wickedly original samples and breathtaking cuts+scrathes all by dj premier are a hiphop fan's dream. Add all that to JERU's intellectual hard street flows and welcome to a match made in heaven. JERU's full range of lyrics are on show here, with street anthems such as "come clean", "d-original", "brooklyn took it", "static" and "my mind spray". Then you bare witness to the wordplay of subjects closer to his heart on "da bitchez", "aint the devil happy" and "jungle music". You got the straight forward mc back+forth style with a very young AFU-RA on "mental stamina" and finally his intricate story involving peoples traits such as greed+hate as charchters which he battles against on "you cant stop the prophet". One of the best debut hiphop albums you'll EVER hear, a masterpiece from start to finish!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terrell XXX esq. on April 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Arguably one of the hardest hip hop albums of all time, The Sun Rises in the East is New York at it's grittiest. Every cut on this album is f*@kin magnificent. With the help of beat maestro extraordinaire DJ Premier, Jeru tears the frame out of fake gangsta emcees, Polo and Guess chasing B!+@#es, and Black Amerikkka's arch nemesis Mr. Ignorance, piece by piece. Make no mistake, Jeru is DEEP,mind of minolta deep, so this album wasn't and isn't for everyone. This is advanced hip hop. If this were a class at a university you would have to take a pre requisite course before being aloud to listen to it! This album showcases some of the best soundscapes Primo has ever concoted, so it is a must have for all students of Primology/Premierian thought. My favorite cut is the unbelievable "Ain't the Devil Happy", where Jeru takes on the plight of violence and materialism in the black community with a fervor seldom heard in today's brain drained hip hop scene. To make a long story short, BUY THIS ALBUM! New York doesn't make records like this anymore. As a matter of fact,no one makes records like this anymore.
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Format: Audio CD
Jeru The Damaja is officially one of my favorite mc's ever, his skills of flowing can be said in so many different ways. Picture C.L Smooth smooth yet untouched lyrical flow with U-Gods Rough, edgy, shaolin voice and then you get this guy, you have to hear it for your self to understand what I mean. Another thing I really enjoy about Jeru The Damaja is his rhymes, at times crazy and very humor. A Good Example is his qoute "You Can't Out-rock me, You can't out-rap me like the dreads on my head, you try to lock me" from the track Jungle Music which is backed with a really dope beat.

Speaking of beats, One of the greatest Hip Hop Producers...ever...PERIOD, DJ mother#$%$#ing Premier was behind this album front to back, backing Tha Damaja with some extreamly amazing and memerable beats that can be up there with the likes of albums like Hard To Earn(which is my favorite Gangstarr album). Honestly the song "come clean" alone is worth the purchase of this album as Premier samples simple water splashes(little ones)and some how uses his uniquie abilities to scratch n' sample the drain splashes in a way where it becomes very hooky and addictive, its crazy! And I hate to say this but sometimes I think this group meshes way better then Premiers other partner Guru. Anyways its a damn shame these too only worked on 3 albums, they probably could have and would have probably been bigger then the likes of Gang Starr and C.L Smooth...honestly this Duo is just awesome, NOW TO THE SONGS

1. Intro (Life) - N/A

2. D. Original - 10/10!!! Great intro song, reminds me of track 2 in illmatic with the pianos.

3. Brooklyn Took It - 9.5/10

4. Perverted Monks In Tha House (Skit)

5. Mental Stamina - 9/10

6. Da Bichez - 10/10!!!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashley M. Blanchard on April 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jeru is an emcee's emcee. Impeccable breath control, commanding vocal tone, extensive vocab matched by few, not to mention he drops more knowledge than a MENSA convention. His disjointed flow perfectly complements Primo's minimalist production. It came to no surprise that hip hop heads were buzzing when they heard Dirty Rotten was hooking up with Primo, after a jaw dropping verse over a riot inducing Charles Mingus bassline, on Gangstarr's, "I'm The Man." Fans who dismissed Jeru as a braggart got a rude awakening with "The Sun Rises In The East."

When "Come Clean," dropped in 1993, it literally washed away the fraudulence in rap. It was a badge of honor for hip hop purists to recite every rhyme. AND what about that beat. Water dripping into jugs, hammers banging on pipes, and an Onyx sample were the sole instruments. It was the most bizarre yet greatest sonic perfection I have ever heard. "Come Clean," single-handedly set off a long list of collaborations for Primo's resume. Another incredible track is "D. Original" as Primo strikes an off-key piano chord that unbelievably turned out to be pure musical joy.

The whole album is all killer and no filler. "You Can't Stop The Prophet" is a metaphorical dream where the prophet battles hatred, jealousy, and envy - lead by mr. ignorance in a superhero-esque story. "Da Bitchez," might be mistooken as mysoginyst by new jacks when it is a cautionary song separating gold diggers from the rest of the flock, over an extremely dope horn loop. "Mental Stamina," with Afu-Ra flexes lyrical kung-fu over a wonderful battle-esque atmosphere. "Ain't The Devil Happy," talks about the struggles of the inner-city youth and "Jungle Music," talks about how black heritage scares people through hip hops influence on white America.
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