Tag Archives: Gang Starr Foundation

New Joint – Jeru The Damaja

Jeru The Damaja – “If (If Was)” (@JeruTheDamaja / 2020)

The Gang Starr Foundation member delivers a second video following the recent announcement of his plans to drop a new track every four weeks for the next fifteen months.

New Joint – Jeru The Damaja

Jeru The Damaja – “Power” (@JeruTheDamaja / 2020)

Encouraging us all to “help substance outperform ignorance”, the Gang Starr Foundation member delivers some lyrical food for thought on this new single.

New Joint – Big Shug

Big Shug – “Stay The Course” (@TheReelBigShug / 2019)

The Gang Starr Foundation member speaks with a voice of experience on this sombre Elevated Music-produced head-nodder off his new album “The Diamond Report”.

New Joint – Big Shug

Big Shug – “EMF” (@TheReelBigShug / 2019)

The Gang Starr Foundation member gets busy over typically pounding DJ Premier beats on this latest track to be lifted from Shug’s new album “The Diamond Report”.

New Joint – Jeru The Damaja

Jeru The Damaja – “Harriet Tubman” (@JeruTheDamaja / 2019)

On the 25th anniversary of his classic debut album release “The Sun Rises In The East”, Gang Starr Foundation legend Jeru The Damaja drops some thought-provoking social commentary.

New Joint – Big Shug / Avrex

Big Shug ft. Avrex – “Streets” (@TheReelBigShug / 2017)

Reel Drama-produced cut from the Boston OG off fellow Gang Starr Foundation member Afu-Ra’s recent “Voice Of The People” mixtape project.

The Dirty Rotten Demos EP Stream – Jeru The Damaja

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Brooklyn’s mighty Jeru The Damaja has teamed-up with Slice Of Spice for a vinyl-only release of his early-90s Guru-produced demo tape.

New Joint – Big Shug

Big Shug – “I Bleed For This” (@BrickRecords96 / 2015)

DJ Premier-produced track from the longstanding Boston emcee’s new project “Triple OGzus”.

New Joint – Big Shug / Termanology / Singapore Kane

Big Shug ft. Termanology & Singapore Kane – “Off Rip” (@BrickRecords96 / 2015)

DJ Premier-produced banger from the veteran Gang Starr Foundation member’s forthcoming album “OGzus” featuring production from MoSS, DJ Brans, Reel Drama and more.

New Joint – Krumb Snatcha

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Krumb Snatcha – “I Never Fail” (@KrumbSnatcha7 / 2014)

The Gang Starr-affiliated lyricist drops lyrical jewels over atmospheric boom-bap production supplied by New Jersey’s Keith Science.

New Joint – Jeru The Damaja / Large Professor

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Jeru The Damaja – “Solar Flares” (@JeruTheDamaja / 2013)

Extra P-produced lyrical kung-fu from the timeless emcee’s upcoming EP “The Hammer” featuring The Beatnuts, PF Cuttin and more.

The Honorable Mixtape Download – Hannibal Stax

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Gang Starr Foundation member Hannibal Stax drops this dope DJ Premier-hosted mixtape “The Honorable” featuring original tracks produced by the likes of Marco Polo and PF Cuttin with guest appearances from Torae, Afu Ra, NYG’z and more – download that rough, rugged and raw ish here.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel – Jeru The Damaja

1994 interview with Brooklyn’s Jeru The Damaja on “Yo! MTV Raps” discussing the importance of lyrical substance and problems with Hip-Hop journalists.

Live Review – DJ Doo Wop / Sadat X / Jeru The Damaja

Venue: Jazz Cafe, London  Date: 17 October 2012

London has seen its fair share of performances from golden-era artists in recent months, with this particular event being one of the most anticipated, promising appearances from not one, but two iconic emcees backed-up by one of the greatest mixtape deejays of all-time.

Between them, Brand Nubian’s Sadat X and former Gang Starr Foundation member Jeru The Damaja share a hefty catalogue of classics, all of which have aged well and still stand as musical monuments to the lyrical brilliance and sonic creativity that the best of 90s Hip-Hop had to offer.

After the Bounce Master himself DJ Doo Wop had warmed the crowd up with a selection of real rap staples, a lively Sadat X bounded onstage to the sound of the Brand Nubian favourite “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down”, leading the crowd as they chanted the hook in unison before launching into the timeless “All For One”.

Pausing to remind everyone that he reps “New York City, Brand Nubian, D.I.T.C. and Lo-Lifes”, the emcee with one of the most recognisable voices in Hip-Hop proceeded to drop his verse from the late-90s Rawkus banger “1-9-9-9” and also delivered a rousing rendition of his “Ready To Die”-era collaboration with Biggie Smalls, “Come On Motherf**kers”, with Sadat reminiscing on the time he spent in the studio writing the track with the BK giant as they both got drunk on champagne.

Promising to return later, X left the stage, leaving the audience in the capable hands of Doo Wop once again. Dropping some rhymes of his own, the Bounce Squad leader took the opportunity to dedicate the segment to his fallen friend Guru (complete with a “F**k Solar!” moment), going back-to-back on the turntables with some Gang Starr classics, including “Take It Personal”, which was Jeru’s signal to make his first appearance.

Reciting Guru’s rhymes in his own inimitable Brooklyn baritone, the NY emcee, decked in jeans, hoodie and Timberlands, smiled widely as he was greeted with roars of approval. Working his way through a number of DJ Premier-produced cuts, including “D. Original” and “Tha Bulls**t”, the gritty wordsmith mixed some humour into his performance, engaging in light-hearted exchanges with various audience members and playfully chastising the crowd for apparently not making enough noise.

Something that was apparent from looking around the venue was the number of younger heads in attendance, some of whom looked like they would barely have been born when both Sadat and Jeru were first making their respective marks on the Hip-Hop landscape. Encouragingly, the majority of the more youthful faces around the Jazz Cafe definitely didn’t appear to be fairweather fans, rhyming along word-for-word to twenty-year-old joints as if they were the soundtrack of the present day. A situation which can only be viewed as a positive thing as, judging from the lack of old-school heads at this and other recent gigs, it will be those younger fans who keep artists such as Sadat and Jeru touring for years to come, as long as their interest in classic Hip-Hop isn’t just a passing phase based on the music’s potential retro-cool appeal.

With Sadat and Jeru each performing a second individual set, which included anthems such as “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone” and “Come Clean”, the show closed with an impromptu freestyle session. As Jeru stepped behind the turntables to spin some familiar breaks, Sadat and Doo Wop invited any emcees in the house to approach the stage, with UK talent such as Oliver Sudden and Chima Anya taking the opportunity to rock with the three Rotten Apple representatives.

Ending a seamless night of classic material by mingling with fans to graciously sign autographs and take photos, Sadat, Jeru and Doo Wop left having ensured those older fans in the crowd were able to relive some of their Hip-Hop memories, whilst helping the younger heads in the audience create some new ones of their own.

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Footage of Sadat X performing “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down” at the Jazz Cafe.

New Joint – Big Shug

Big Shug – “War In The Club” (Brick Records / 2012)

Lee Bannon-produced track from the Gang Starr affiliate’s recent album “I.M.4-Eva”.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel – Jeru The Damaja

Extensive Jeru The Damaja interview with veteran journalist Davey D covering the former Gang Starr Foundation emcee’s thoughts on the growth of Hip-Hop culture, his friendship with Guru and the new album he just recorded in Poland – some jewels are dropped throughout.

Use The Force – Afu-Ra

Former Jeru The Damaja affiliate Afu-Ra looks back over his career as he prepares for the release of his new album “Body Of The Life Force Part 2”.

New Joint – M-Dot / DJ Jean Maron / Big Shug

M-Dot & DJ Jean Maron ft. Big Shug – “Tap Out” (SoulSpazm Records / 2011)

The third video from last year’s “Run MPC” album from Boston-based artist M-Dot and French producer Jean Maron.

My Mind Spray – Jeru The Damaja / Smoothe Da Hustler / Lil’ Dap

Jeru sparks the mic with fellow Brooklyn representatives Smoothe Da Hustler and Lil’ Dap at his recent Knitting Factory show in NYC.

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Perverted Monks In Tha House – Jeru The Damaja

GrandGood.Com footage of Jeru’s performance at NYC’s Knitting Factory last month.

“Ya Playin’ Yaself”

“Invasion” / “Whatever”

“I’m The Man” / “Speak Ya Clout”

“D. Original”

“Ain’t The Devil Happy”

“Da Bichez”

“Come Clean”