Although born in South Africa, Tsidi Ibrahim will always be a New Yorker by heart. The daughter of two jazz musicians, Ibrahim learned an appreciation for all genres of music at an early age giving her a good foundation on becoming a writer and producer. Then known as What? What?, she was recruited by a rapper named Ocean, who formed Natural Resource in the mid-90s. In 1997, they founded their own record label, Makin' Records, and released the single, "Negro League Baseball", which became an underground hip-hop classic. The group broke up due to creative differences, but the exposure worked towards her benefit. She changed her name to Jean Grae and appeared on a number of songs with artists such as Herbaliser, High & Mighty, the Mumia 911 Project, the Hip-Hop For Respect project, Mr. Len, Da Beatminerz and Masta Ace.


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Coming off her incredible trip "home" to South Africa for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Jean Grae will be doing her first full set in over a year and she will be joined by DJ Mr. Len (Company Flow) and her band The Wait A Minutes with Special Guest, Mela Machinko on Vocals. She will be previewing songs from her new album CAKE OR DEATH due out late summer as well as songs from her extensive catalogue. For a preview of the single “U & Me & EveryoneWeKnow” as well as the album trailer go to

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