Jeru the Damaja
Jeru the Damaja

Birth name

Kendrick Jeru Davis


14 February 1972 (age 44)


East New York, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.


Hip hop

Years active



Payday/FFRR/PolyGram Records, Know Savage Records, Ashenafi Records

Associated acts

Afu-Ra, Gang Starr, Gang Starr Foundation, Group Home, Ill Bill

Kendrick Jeru Davis (born 14 February 1972), better known by his stage name Jeru the Damaja, is an American rapper, best known for his 1994 debut album, The Sun Rises in the East, which is often ranked as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. He has worked extensively with Guru and DJ Premier of Gang Starr, who he has known since high school.


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