It’s been 17 years since Jeru The Damaja released his debut album The Sun Rises in the East and now on the eve of his sixth album, you have the chance to see the hip-hop veteran performing live in the capital. Taking place at The Relentless Garage Highbury, which has played host to a few major names,including Sugarhill Gang – this gig is sure to be quite something.
Jeru’s distinct 90’s style earned him a position up there with the greats, including the late Gangstarr member Guru. His critically acclaimed album Wrath of the Math was a massive hit 15 years back (how old do i feel!) and now he’s recruiting some old and new flames to collaborate with on his yet unnamed new release (or at least he ain’t letting the cat out the bag just yet). Expect to hear the likes of Large Professor, JuJu of Beatnuts fame and Pete Rock in there somewhere – and maybe a make-up track for him and Premier?? We can only hope! The wordsmith has been too long in the shadows, so we think it’s high time we all had a good dose of gimmickless, raw, unadultered hip-hop. See you down there. (Words: Laura Thornley)