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Breaking News: Jean Grae to Retire

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While I was checking out the EMC freestyle on Hot 97 courtesy of DJ Rock Dee. I caught a news story over at HipHopDx that caught my eye: "Jean Grae Retires?" Could this be true? Jean Grae is one of my favorite MCs and lyricist and I have been following her for awhile. Recently, she has been with Talib Kweli and Blacksmith working on projects together. The title of her MySpace pages reads "Jean Grae Saying Peace Out". Here is her blog post entitled "Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself"

Everyone who has been on this ride with me since the beginning and continues to be a supporter of music that makes you feel something true and vulnerable and honest by being just that.

It's been a wonderful and awful journey all at the same time. Mostly leaning towards the wonderful part..lol.

Thank you for letting me share what I could with you and sharing yourselves back, as you have really been the reason that I kept on.

It's always nice to know that you could be the voice of someone who didn't have one, or know just how to say it.

No comment or letter or statement of appreciation has ever gone unnoticed.

I love to write, I love to be able to create imagery and a world out of just words.

I will always love what I consider to be true hip hop music... from the bottom of my soul.

I hope you will continue to distinguish those who are contributors to the evolution of hip hop and other black music as both an auditory stimulation and a culture, taking care that they are put in a position to do so.

Thank you listeners, whom I consider my friends and family....

Enjoy.... see y'all around..

It's been amazing.. thank you again.


I really hopes she not really quitting. I loved her wordplay and her passion to Hip Hop. If it is true, maybe she would be like the X-Men character she is named after and become the Phoenix and return. There is one song, I will always have a personal connection to and it is the song "Live 4 U". I listen to it when I question myself and what I am doing with my life, and when I am in my low points in my life. It is such a powerful song.

Jean Grae - "Live 4 U"


Here is a track from the "Jeanius" a project she has been working with producer 9th Wonder

Jean Grae - "#8"