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The Sun Rises in the East Import

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  • Audio CD (May 24 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Payday
  • ASIN: B000003R5O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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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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Format: Audio CD
This is another certified Headbanger in Rap this one is by the Dirty Rotten Scoundrall and this is his 1994 Classic the Sun Rises in the East and it contains some good material on it.I would recommend it to any serious rap listener like my self.
Here is the song by song review of this album that is good.
1.The Intro/Life-This is a great introduction
2.D.Original-The Dirty Rotten Scoundral him self 9/10
3.Brooklyn Took it-This is another good rap song 9.5/10
5.Mental Stamina-This features Afu-Ra this is very nice 10/10
6.Da B*****Z-Has classic samples from DJ Premier 10/10
7.You can't stop the prophet-called a concept classic 9/10
9.Aint the Devil Happy-what a beat by Premo classic 10/10
10.My Mind Spray-This is a classic what sampling 9.5/10
11.Come Clean-such a good and timeless song this is great 10/10
12.Jungle Music-Has some good jungle backgrounds 9/10
13.Static-The last song on this album a great album 9/10
This is a great album and you will not be dissapointed it is
Jeru the Damaja doing his style and DJ Premier doing his production like he is always is doing a nice album
Lyrics 10/10 Production 10/10 X factor 10/10 Style 10/10 Voice10
Music 10/10 Innovative 10/10 Classic 10/10 Guest 10/10 Blends 10
Overall=100 wich means a 5 Mic Classic ***** Classic
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"The Sun Rises In The East" is one of the true centerpieces of the mid 90's east coast underground resurgence. It also resides in the pantheon of astonishing debut albums keeping company with era classics such as "Illmatic" and "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." Showcasing some of the best production of DJ Premier's career (outside of his group Gang Starr) the dense, bass heavy, jazz influenced backdrops are at once subtle and engaging. The production while very formidable only serves to amplify the intensity Jeru's lyrical proposals bring forth. Nearly verging on being a braggart (it's a line he deserves to approach, if not step over, given his well known slept on status) he explains in vivid detail why he is an alpha class lyricist, and why his views on topics such as ignorance, jealousy, black on black crime, and money hungry other halves are the most accessible and correct to any black man who truly gives them thought.
Highlights include the masterpieces "Come Clean," "Ain't the Devil Happy" and "You Can't Stop The Prophet" as well as the absolute guilty pleasure (given politically correct attitudes) "Da Bitchez" and "D.Original." Succeeding albums by Jeru The Damaja did capture similar moments of excellence, but none were as seamlessly electrifying as a whole. Listening to this album is an outright prerequisite to anyone who claims to really know, or want's to really know, what the ABC'S of hip hop are.
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There are a few milestones in hip hop album history that can stand the test of time. There's all from A Tribe.., BDP's "Criminal Minded", Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid In Full", JustIce's "Back To The Old School" & "Kool & Deadly" (the most underrated HipHop albums), for some people the Fugees album (but it sounds dated after 3 years), there's Gang Starr and you/we got JERU THE DAMAJA. Since his first released 12" "Come Clean" Jeru is for true HipHop headz the ONE that kept it real. Some people thought it would be a one-single wonder but the DJ Premier production and the follow-up "Can't Stop The Prophet" proved them wrong. Then the release of this SMASH!-album ! Jeru is keeping it on the maximum level. Phat lyrics, Primo beetz should be enough for someone who doesn't know Jeru yet. And if you bought this one, go ahead with "Wrath Of The Math" and party on ! For me, in my personal opinion, Jeru The Damaja is the best substitution for JustIce, the original gangster of HipHop....! If you don't agree with me get a JustIce record and compare their spirit in rhyming.
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To date, early to mid-nineties, east-coast hiphop is my favourite music, period. This album is an embodiment of the beats and rhymes aesthetic of that era, and Jeru truly progressed the gangstarr foundation to new levels of creativity. Jeru never falls prey to materialism, and instead opts for introspection with each track. "Come Clean" may be his battle-ready boast fest, but at least he comes correct with proper artillery. Philosophy permeates this album in many forms, which I can appreciate as a student. His educated stance is not corny or over-the-top in terms of metaphysics. Nor is it his way of challenging the mentality of hiphop in terms of what is dope and what is not. "The Sun Rises in the East" is simply an ode to Jeru's lyrical prowess, and the album contains more gems than an iced down medallion. And,Oh?, did I mention the beats?
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By A Customer on Dec 16 1999
Format: Audio CD
This man is incredibly profound. It goes beyond hip hop and even society as we know it. I was jolted by the intro on his second album when he was talking about keeping the mental very still. This philosophy is on the level of the great Jiddu Krishnamurti. There is no good or bad: there just is. Beware. This is not existentialism. It is more akin to a philosophy of living in the present instead of in the past (dead knowledge and experiences) and the future (the psychological tomorrow that doesn't really exist). One has pure and whole energy to live in the present when one realizes the fragmentary process of acting in the "now" based on dead yesterdays or non-existant tomorrows. This is true awareness and alas genuine intelligence.
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