Jean Grae

If we use an animal comparison; If Niki Minaj is a lion roaming the savannah looking for her prey then Jean Grae is a white tiger stalking her prey-same genus but Jean Grae is evidently more rare.

Jean has never hit the commercial heights of the aforementioned femcee but she remains a massive underground draw. The truth is Jean Grae probably would not want that type of commercial success where the art can sometimes be pushed to second in favour of more commercially palatable sounds-she’s an out and out verbal queen who drops complex bars with intricate word play where smart ass metaphors are the order of the day. She ‘s a compadre with one Talib Kweli and so that in itself highlights the type of rapper she is.

Thank goodness she is making one of her rare appearance on our shores to drop some hype at the Jazz Cafe on the 20th June. Hardcore rap fans will be there in their droves but whether you are a hardcore rap fan or not then you should attend just to sample this queen of lyrical dexterity and aplomb. She has bags of swagger to boot and she is always just off centre check her comments on her twitter strangely engaging.

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