"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.