Birth name

Aaron Phillip


31 January 1974 (age 44)


New York City, New York, United States


Hip hop

Years active



Gee Street (1998-1999)
D&D Records (1999-2000)
Koch Records (2000-2002)
In the Paint Records (2000-2002)
Fat Beats (2000)
Motor Music (2002)
Life Force Records (2005)
Decon (2005)
Heart of Sun (2012)

Associated acts

Da Beatminerz, DJ Premier, Gang Starr Foundation, Jeru the Damaja, M.O.P., Masta Killa, Royce da 5'9", True Master

Aaron Phillip (born 31 January 1974), better known by his stage name Afu-Ra, is an American rapper from New York City, New York. He is a member of the Gang Starr Foundation, and is best known for his affiliation with the members of the group, especially mentor Jeru the Damaja.

He debuted in 1994 with an appearance on the song "Mental Stamina" from Jeru the Damaja's album The Sun Rises in the East. He made another appearance on Jeru's second album Wrath of the Math, on the song "Physical Stamina", in 1996. Afu-Ra's much anticipated debut album, Body of the Life Force, was released in October 2000. The album featured production from a number of prominent hip hop producers, such as DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, True Master and Da Beatminerz. In 2002, he released his second album, Life Force Radio. It featured production work by DJ Premier, True Master, Easy Mo Bee and Ayatollah, as well as guest appearances by Guru, Big Daddy Kane and RZA. It was his last album to feature on the US Billboard 200.

His third album, State of the Arts, was released in 2005. His fourth album, Body of the Life Force Part 2, was released in 2012.


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