The Sun Rises in the East
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Studio album by Jeru the Damaja


May 24, 1994


January - August 1993


D&D Studios
(New York City, New York)


East Coast hip hop, Jazz rap, Hardcore hip hop




Payday Records / FFRR / PolyGram Records


DJ Premier, Gang Starr (exec.)

Jeru the Damaja chronology


Wrath of the Math (1996)

The Sun Rises in the East is the debut studio album by American rapper from Brooklyn, New York Jeru the Damaja, released in May 24, 1994 on Payday Records. Recording sessions took place at D&D Studios in New York City from January to August 1993. Production was handled entirely by DJ Premier of Gang Starr, and only has one guest appearance supplied by fellow Gang Starr Foundation member Afu-Ra. The album cover depicts the World Trade Center on fire only one year after the 1993 bombing of the North Tower. 

The album peaked at #36 on the US Billboard 200 and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The Sun Rises in the East spawned the singles: "Come Clean" (which peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100, #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, #10 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and #6 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart), "D. Original" (which peaked at #74 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #22 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and #6 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles chart) and "You Can't Stop the Prophet" (which peaked at #45 on the Hot Rap Singles and #19 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart).

The Sun Rises in the East was well received by critics upon its release. It was considerably significant in hip hop as it contributed to the revival of the East Coast hip hop scene, along with albums such as Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), NasIllmatic, and Black Moon's Enta da Stage. The album has been considered by critics to be Jeru's best work.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs produced by DJ Premier and Kendrick Jeru Davis. All songs written by K. Davis and C. Martin.

No. Title Performer(s) Time
1. "Intro (Life)" - 0:50
2. "D. Original" Jeru the Damaja 3:36
3. "Brooklyn Took It" Jeru the Damaja 3:23
4. "Perverted Monks in tha House (Skit)" - 1:13
5. "Mental Stamina" Jeru the Damaja, Afu-Ra 2:21
6. "Da Bichez" Jeru the Damaja 3:52
7. "You Can't Stop the Prophet" Jeru the Damaja 3:55
8. "Perverted Monks in tha House (Theme)" - 1:02
9. "Ain't the Devil Happy" Jeru the Damaja 3:44
10. "My Mind Spray" Jeru the Damaja 3:45
11. "Come Clean" Jeru the Damaja 4:57
12. "Jungle Music" Jeru the Damaja 3:51
13. "Statik" Jeru the Damaja 3:07

Samples[edit | edit source]

Intro (Life)

  • "Cereka" by Miroslav Vitous
  • "Uphill Peace of Mind" by Kid Dynamite
  • "Opening Narration" from Fist of the North Star

D. Original

  • "Give It to You" by Upp
  • "I'm the Man" by Gang Starr

Brooklyn Took It

Perverted Monks in Tha House (Skit)

  • "Uphill Peace of Mind" by Kid Dynamite
  • "Epilogue" by Miroslav Vitous

Mental Stamina

  • "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
  • "Sensitize" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity

Da Bichez

  • "All Night Long" by Mary Jane Girls
  • "Whispering Pines" by The Crusaders
  • "A Bitch Iz a Bitch" by N.W.A

You Can't Stop the Prophet

  • "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson
  • "Chain Reaction" by The Crusaders

Ain't the Devil Happy

  • "Bouncy Lady" by Pleasure
  • "Our Road" by Lee Oskar
  • "After the Laughter Comes Tears" by Wu-Tang Clan

My Mind Spray

  • "Nautilus" by Bob James
  • "Love's Theme" by Fausto Papetti

Come Clean

  • "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc.
  • "Infinity" by Shelly Manne
  • "Throw Ya Gunz" by Onyx

Jungle Music

  • "Dialogue" by Ahmad Jamal
  • "Ike's Mood I/You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by Isaac Hayes
  • "Straight Out the Jungle" by Jungle Brothers


  • "You'll Like It Too" by Funkadelic
  • "How the F*ck Would You Know" by Positive K
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