Watch Jeru the Damaja Perform a Number of '90s Classics on NPR's 'Tiny Desk'
Watch Jeru perform classic cuts from his catalog. He also premiered new music.
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.
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.
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