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


24 May 1994


1993 at D&D Studios


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop






Kendrick Jeru Davis, DJ Premier, Gang Starr (exec.)

Jeru the Damaja chronology


Wrath of the Math (1996)

The Sun Rises in the East is the debut album by American rapper Jeru the Damaja, released in 1994 on Payday Records. Production of the album was handled by Jeru himself and 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 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

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
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