BASIC EQUIPMENT CREW presents
JERU THE DAMAJA (USA)
9:00pm, Sat 15th September, 2012
Rocket Bar, SA
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Jeru the Damaja, aka D. Original Dirty Rotten Scoundrel, was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, where the everyday occurrences around him from an early age later became the source from which his rhymes flow. Jeru created and took on the persona of "the Damaja" because he damages the mic. He is part conscious truth teller and part true to the streets Brooklyn hard rock.
Jeru the Damaja hooked up with DJ Premier and Guru, collectively known as Gangstarr, shortly after they moved to New York on the late 1980's. He introduced his unique "hardcore conscious" style to hip-hop audiences on "I'm the Man" a track on Gangstarr's 1992 Daily Operations album. In 1993 he cemented his place in the hip-hop world by releasing the now classic single "Come Clean" from his legendary album, The Sun Rises in the East. The Wrath of the Math was released two years later which included the hit singles "Ya Playin' Yaself" and "Me or the Papes" and Jeru the Damaja was proclaimed the savior of hip-hop due to his honest and straight forward critique of the state of hip-hop music. In 2000 Jeru released Heroz 4 Hire completely autonomously, from the production of the album to its release on his independent label KnowSavage Records. In 2003, Jeru released his second independent album, Divine Design, on his new label Ashenafi Records, featuring production by new producers Ed Dantez and Sabor, and the new classics singles "WAR" and "Don't Get it Twisted" featuring Lil'Dap from the Group Home.
Jeru's third independent release Still Risin' hit stores mid-2007. Taking his music to a new level by creating a style that is fusion of years of life experience translated to lyrical content set to rugged, real production. Still Risin was a refreshing appeal to intellect from a real life, everyone can relate to point of view. In 2012 he is working on a veriety of projects including 2 full length albums.
Jeru has one of the most consistent tour schedules in hip hop and has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. In between tours Jeru has done joint projects with Grammy nominated UK group Groove Armada, DJ Cut Killa, French actor Doudou Masta, and DJ Honda from Japan. He also worked with platinum Polish group Slums Attack and received a platinum plaque for this collaboration. Jeru has had songs on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, True Crime: New York City and GTA IV video games, as well as collaborating with OG street skater Josh Kalis and DC Shoes. Jeru was also named on of the 50 Greatest Emcees in Kool Mo Dee's book "There Is a God On the Mic" and is looking forward to continuing that legacy in the future.
Through nearly twenty celebrated years in the music business Jeru has established himself as a multitalented, multifaceted artist and businessperson. Joint Adventure is proud to announce the return of D Original Dirty Rotten Scoundrel to the Australian shores. His last trip here was with the Beatnuts, as part of the NY Invasion Tour, which packed out venues around the country. Now it's time for Jeru to shine on his own, and hit AUS with that conscious-rugged style he is so well known for. A true lyricist!