Jeru the Damaja’s 1994 album The Sun Rises in the East is a bona fide hip hop classic. Filled socially conscious savvy rhymes laid over a palette of hard-hitting beats filled with jazz samples, this record was highly influential to me growing up and helped to provide the soundtrack my teenage years. However, I always thought that the album art didn’t do the record justice.

I did this as a personal project to showcase the album’s overall scope of Brooklyn at the time, along with Jeru’s afrocentric perspective toward the world and hip hop culture.