MVRemix: Describe a day in your life around the “Come Clean” era. I heard you were around Nas and Premier during the recording of “Illmatic” and also pretty close to Biggie. Tell me a bit about those days.
Jeru Tha Damaja: Basically it was just about doing what you love. Gettin’ up in the morning, happy you’d made it through the [past] day. Happy you’d even got up. Just being grateful. Knowing you could go and touch a mic, hang out with people you liked. At the time I was smokin’ weed, I was gettin’ high and just living a care-free life in a way.
MVRemix: What do you think about Guerilla Black? Because whenever I do something creatively, I try to be as unique as possible. However, if you listen to his stuff, he sounds exactly the same as Biggie and looks pretty damn similar. What are your thoughts on that?
Jeru Tha Damaja: I mean I don’t even really have a comment. I think I’ve heard one of something, I didn’t know everything he did sounded like him. Maybe he wants to pay homage or something like that. I’m from the school where everybody should sound like themselves.
MVRemix: Back in the day, what inspired you to actually write “You Can’t Stop The Prophet”?
Jeru Tha Damaja: Basically just living. I’d come from a very hostile environment and you were just happy to make it through the day. So in getting through that, in getting past that – growing, learning and seeing the youth out there… Not wanting them to go through what I went through because I had a lot of near death experiences. It just made me want to take some sort of responsibility and just write responsible rhymes.