Come Clean

Jeru the Damaja

About Come Clean

"Come Clean" is a 1993 song by Jeru the Damaja from his 1994 debut album The Sun Rises in the East. The song appeared in many compilation albums.


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You wanna front, what, jump up and get bucked
If you're feeling lucky duck then press your luck
I snatch fake gangster MCs and make 'em faggot flambé
Your nine spray, my mind spray
Malignant mist that'll leave comp defunkt
The result's your remains stuffed in a car trunk
You couldn't come to the jungles of the East popping that yang
You won't survive get live catching wreck is our thing
I don't gang bang or shoot out bang bang
The relentless lyrics the only dope I slang
I'm a true master you can check my credentials
Cause I choose to use my infinite potential
Got a freaky, freaky, freaky freaky flow
Control the mic like Fidel Castro locked Cuba
So deep that you can't scuba dive
My jive's origin is unknown like the Jubas
I've accumulated honeys all across the map
Cause I'd rather bust a nut than bust a cap
In your back in fact my rap snaps your sacroilliac
I'm the mack so I don't need to tote a Mac
My attack is purely mental and its nature's not hate
It's meant to wake ya up out of your brainwashed state
Stagnate nonsense, for if you persist
You'll get your snotbox bust you press up on this
I flip, hoes dip, none of the real niggas skip
You don't know enough math to count the mics that I've ripped
Peep the Dirty Rotten scamp as his verbal weapons spit

Oh-oh! Heads up cause we're dropping some shit!

Real, rough and rugged, shine like a gold nugget
Every time I pick up the microphone I drug it
Unplug it on chumps with the gangster babble
Leave your nines at home and bring your skills to the battle
You're rattling on and on and ain't saying nothing
That's why you got snuffed when you bumped heads with Dirty Rotten
Have you forgotten, I'll tap your jaw
I also kick like kung fu flicks by Run Run Shaw
Made frauds bleed every time I g'd
Cause I've perfected my drunken style like Sam Seed
Pseudo psychos, I play like Michael Jackson
When I'm busting ass and breaking backs
Inhale the putrified aroma
Breathe too deep and you'll wind up coma
Toast the king I'm hard like a fifth of vodka
And bring your clique cause I'm a hard rock knocker
I gotcha out on a limb about to push you off the plank
Let you draw your chronz but your burner shot blanks
When the East is in the house you should come equipped

Oh-oh! Heads up cause we're dropping some shit!

Fly like a jet, sting like a hornet
Knuckleheads get live and set it off if you want it
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is crushing fools no joke
With styles more fatal than second hand smoke
Don't provoke the wrath of this rhyme inventor
Cause I blow up spots like the World Trade Center
Come with the super trooper on his assault mission
The tek's technique cause he's a technician
Wishing he'll go away won't help the weapons stop
The skills are shot cause any idiot can let off a Glock
Hard rock smelling the clutch of the sun toucher
You claim you got beef on the streets, so what ya
Gonna do when real niggas roll up on you
And you don't got your crew
Pull your Glock but you don't got the heart
You was webbed straight from the start
Bought a tool and didn't learn how to use it
Got lost in Brooklyn so you had to lose it
Just for fronting you got that ass whipped

Oh-oh! Heads up cause we're dropping some shit!

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Jeru the Damaja

Kendrick Jeru Davis, known as Jeru the Damaja (born February 14, 1972) is an American rapper and recording artist who has worked extensively with Guru and DJ Premier of Gang Starr, whom he has known since high school. He is best known for his 1994 debut album, The Sun Rises in the East, which was ranked as one of the 100 greatest hip-hop albums of all time by the editors of, calling it "one of the quintessential '90s hip-hop albums." more »

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Artist Background
"Come Clean" is by Jeru the Damaja, an American rapper best known for his conscious and thought-provoking lyrics. Born as Kendrick Jeru Davis, he emerged from the underground hip hop scene in East New York, Brooklyn.
Album Information
The song "Come Clean" is included in Jeru the Damaja's debut studio album titled "The Sun Rises in the East." This album was released in 1994.
Song Popularity
"Come Clean" is known as one of Jeru the Damaja's signature tracks that catapulted him into fame. It is highly regarded by hip-hop enthusiasts and is often cited amongst the greatest hip-hop songs of the ‘90s.
Producer and Collaboration
This song is produced by DJ Premier, a well-known hip-hop producer and a fellow member from the Gang Starr Foundation, the collective to which Jeru the Damaja belongs. The collaboration between DJ Premier and Jeru the Damaja is seen as one of hip-hop's most fruitful partnerships.
Music Style
"Come Clean" is characterized by its funky, jazzy beat, overlaid with Jeru the Damaja's hardcore lyrics. It stands out as a prime example of East Coast hip-hop in the mid-1990s.
Track Sample
"Come Clean" samples a portion of a song called "On the Hill," performed by Oliver Sain, and gives a demonstration of DJ Premier's extraordinary ability to creatively use samples.
Song Theme
The lyrics of "Come Clean" are aggressive and assertive, suggesting that those living in falsehood should "come clean" and embrace authenticity. It stands out for its call to honesty and straightforwardness in a sea of braggadocio and empty boasts.
Impact and Legacy
"Come Clean" remains a classic in the hip-hop genre, and its beat has been sampled and recreated in numerous other songs, reflecting the track's enduring influence in the music industry.

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