Jeru the Damaja – The Sun Rises in the East
An extension of Gang Starr’s legacy, Jeru the Damaja put their formula to use while carving out his own lane. Fully produced by DJ Premier, The Sun Rises in the East made him an underground staple thanks to “Come Clean,” by far one of New York hip-hop’s most prized hits. Considering himself a superhero of sorts, Jeru creatively tackled society’s ills on “You Cant Stop The Prophet,” battling with a character named Mr. Ignorance. Although he lacked the commercial appeal of his more popular peers, his moment in history is one to be respected.