This album is 10 stars even though Amazon only provides 5! Jeru drops knowledge on each track, he is not your everyday MC. He is one of my top 5 no doubt, up there with KRS, Chuck D and G Rap. If you are a hip hop head you have to have Jeru's Sun Rises in the East. This was a great period for Hip Hop. Black Moon's first album, Wu-Tang's first album, Dr. Dre's the Chronic (a little before in 1992) and Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt all get honorable mention, but this album is blowing them out because it is more balanced, street smarts, hardcore, intelligence, and even spiritual. Take Guru's smoothness, with Killah Priest's biblical knowledge/spiritualness and mix it with street smarts and you got Sun Rises in the East.