Now Reading
Watch Jeru the Damaja Perform a Number of ’90s Classics on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’

Watch Jeru the Damaja Perform a Number of ’90s Classics on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’


Source: NPR

Watch Jeru perform classic cuts from his catalog. He also premiered new music.

Jeru the Damaja is the latest legendary rapper to perform a set on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series.

Jeru, who hasn’t released a full album since 2007, did a quarantined set from his home in Berlin, Germany. He had no band — obviously — but performed classic tracks like “Can’t Stop The Prophet,” “Ain’t The Devil Happy,” and “My Mind Spray.” (All from his classic 1995 debut The Sun Rises in the East.)

He performed also “Scientifical Madness,” from his underrated sophomore album Wrath of the Math, which dropped in 1996, and “So Raw” from his 2014 EP The Hammer. 

He also premiered two new tracks: “IF” and “The Power.” Both songs prove that after all these years Jeru’s pen is still sharp.

Interestingly enough, Jeru didn’t perform his most popular song — “Come Clean” which was produced by the DJ Premier. (You can make the argument that this song is also Primer’s most popular song.) A message of cleanliness is one we need to hear as the world continues to fight COVID-19.  

See Also
‘You Should Be Here’ Was Kehlani’s Breakthrough Moment

This isn’t the first time a rapper performed for Tiny Desk while under quarantine. A couple of weeks ago, Black Thought did a set — where he premiered new music — from his home. Nice to see even during times like this Tiny Desk is a place to turn for new performance. 

Check out Jeru’s Tiny Desk Performance below. And, just for fun, check out the video for “Come Clean” here.  

For more updates on Jeru head here.


Watch SiR Perform an Emotionally Riveting NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Watch Wale Perform a Six-Song Medley for NPR’s Tiny Desk


Subscribe to Issue and enjoy the following benefits:

  • Get the first look at new issues with all content available online before the print agazine arrives in stores.
  • Automatic renewals: never miss a story.
Scroll To Top