Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Infobox musical artist

Name = Jean Grae
Img_size =
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Tsidi Ibrahim
Alias = What? What? , The Easter Bunny
Born = birth date and age|1976|11|27 Fact|date=May 2008
Died =
Origin = Cape Town, South Africa
Instrument =
Genre = Hip hop
Occupation = Rapper, Producer
Years_active = 1996-present
Label = Third Earth Music (2002-2003)
Babygrande Records (2003-2005)
Blacksmith Records / Warner Bros. Records (2005-Present)
Associated_acts = Sathima Bea Benjamin, Abdullah Ibrahim
URL = [ Official Site]
Notable_instruments =

Jean Grae (real name Tsidi Ibrahim) is a hip hop artist from New York.


Early life

Born in Cape Town, South Africa on November 27, 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 the at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art before majoring in Music Business at New York University. [ [; Jean Grae Biography] . Retrieved on 2008-10-03.]

Early career (1996-1998)

Grae later joined a hip hop music group called Natural Resource, and in 1996 they released a pair of 12-inch singles called "Negro League Baseball" [ [; Jean Grae Biography] . Retrieved on 2008-10-03.] b/w "Bum Deal" b/w "They Lied," and "Bum Deal(remix)" b/w "They Lied(remix)" b/w "I Love This World" on the 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. During this period she established strong ties with the Brooklyn Academy crew, with which she would appear throughout her career.

Solo career (1998-2004)

Natural Resource dissolved in 1998, after which Ibrahim changed her stage name from What? What? to Jean Grae, a reference to the X-Men character Jean Grey. Under her new moniker, she released her first LP—"Attack of the Attacking Things"—in 2002, and followed it with two more album releases over the next two years. Throughout her career she has also recorded tracks with numerous major hip hop artists, Atmosphere, The Roots, Talib Kweli, The Herbaliser, Da Beatminerz, Phonte, Mr. Len, Masta Ace, Vordul Mega, C-Rayz Walz, and Immortal Technique among them.

Jean has recorded an unreleased album with celebrated North Carolina producer 9th Wonder, of Little Brother fame, entitled "Jeanius". This unfinished record was leaked on the internet, and subsequently work was stopped on this album. However, at the release party for "9th Wonder's Dream Merchant Volume 2" album she stated that "Jeanius" was still going to be released. This album was eventually released first through Zune Live Marketplace two weeks before its disc release on July 8, 2008. Elsewhere, it's been reported that her proposed fourth album, provisionally titled "Phoenix" has gone into production. It has been reported by several camp insiders that 9th Wonder will handle the lions share of the production duties with unknown UK producer Passion hifi and NY resident Clinikal providing a beat each.

Blacksmith Music (2005-present)

Previously signed to Babygrande Records, she signed a deal in 2005 with Talib Kweli's Blacksmith Records. On 28 April 2008, Jean Grae posted a blog on her MySpace page saying goodbye to her fans. [ [; Jean Grae Retires From Hip-Hop?] . Retrieved on 2008-05-07.] There has been debate as to if Jean Grae has quit Hip-Hop or just MySpace. As of July 2008, Talib Kweli posted a blog explaining things about the album and includes the fact that she is not retiring, and encourages fans to purchase the album by "one of the last true MCs left".

On September 18, 2008, Jean Grae posted a Craigslist offering her creative services for $800/16 bars. [ [; Jean Grae Will Do Original Verses..For $$$, lol] . Retrieved on 2008-09-19.] On her MySpace blog entry, she states, "I don't wanna complain anymore, I just wanna change some things about the way artists are treated and the way you guys are allowed to be involved, since it IS the digital age." [ [ JEAN GRAE IS FOR SALE] . Retrieved on 2008-09-19.]



*"Attack of the Attacking Things" (2002)
*"The Bootleg of the Bootleg EP" (2003)
*"This Week" (2004)
*"The Orchestral Files" (2007)
*"Jeanius" with 9th Wonder (2008)
*"The Evil Jeanius" with Blue Sky Black Death (2008)


External links

* [ Jean Grae Discography on Discogs]
* [ Official website]
* [ Her official blog]
* [ T.I.R.M. Who Is? Feature]
* [ Official Myspace Page]

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