Jean Grae aka What What – The Early Years

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Jean Grae (real name Tsidi Ibrahim, also known as What? What?, born November 27, 1976).Born in Cape Town, South Africa on November 26, 1976, the daughter of South African jazz musicians (her father and mother are the celebrated musicians Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim), she studied Vocal Performance at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art before majoring in Music Business at New York University. She also did some modeling during her teen years.After working with groups including Ground Zero, she joined a hip hop music group called Natural Resource in the mid-1990s along with rapper Ocean. In 1996 Natural Resource (Ocean , What? What? & DJ Aggie) released a pair of 12-inch singles called Negro League Baseball b/w “Bum Deal” b/w “They Lied,” and “Bum Deal (remix)” b/w “They Lied (remix)” b/w “I Love This World” on their own label Makin’ Records. She also appeared on singles by fellow Makin’ Records artists Pumpkinhead and Bad Seed, and on the O.B.S. (Original Blunted Soldiers) double 12-inch single alongside crew members Pumpkinhead, Bad Seed, and Meat-pie, and produced much of the material released on the label under the pseudonym Run Run Shaw.With the break up of Natural Reource in 1998 due to “creative differences”, the group split amicably, each departing to pursue solo projects and more. Jean started recording as a solo artist and had the name change from the former What?What? to the now in use Jean Grae a reference to the X-Men character Jean Grey.

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Here is a little compilation I made back in the day of material Jean made while she still used the moniker What What(pretty sure it all is)..I wanted something on cd so due to vinyl issues,limited pressings and the simple fact that most of this is rare I utilized the net in my search.Which explains some of the quality.Enjoy

Jean Grae aka What What – The Early Years

01 – negro league baseball (natural resource)
02 – they lied (natural resource)
03 – bum deal (natural resource)
04 – bum deal (remix) (natural resource)
05 – i love this world (natural resource)
06 – mind cruise (natural resource)
07 – heavy loungin (natural resource)
08 – freestyle (natural resource) feat iman thug
09 – can it feat pumpkinhead (natural resource)
10 – swimming with the sharks feat o.b.s.
11 – pure hell feat o.b.s.
12 – shit is hot feat bad seed
13 – the blend feat the herbaliser
14 – new and improved feat the herbaliser
15 – bring it feat the herbaliser
16 – estragen (feat apani b fly emcee,lyric, helixx c. armageddon, ayana soyini, pri da honey dark, yejide the night queen & heroine
17 – hands on experience part 2 feat bobbito,kool keith and the high and mighty
18 – mission improbable
19 – let it go
20 – keep living (original)
21 – the unbound allstars – mumia 911 feat afu-ra,goldii lokks pharoahe monch,aceyalone,wise intelligence,slimkid tre,sayeed,zack de la rocha,tragedy khadafi,channel live,dead prez,chuck d,divine styler,last emperor,black thought,haiku de tat

03 – bum deal (natural resource)

13 – the blend feat the herbaliser

20 – keep living (original)

Download Compilation Here:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DM9STS1G

***Bonus***

Jean Grae – Love Thirst

Jean Grae – Taco Day

Jean Grae – Extended/Director’s Cut of the short film for My Story

For More Videos of Jean Grae:
http://www.youtube.com/user/jeangraetv

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