Today, Nov. 26, is the 40th birthday of Brooklyn's own Jean Grae. Born in Cape Town, South Africa but raised in Brooklyn, Jean rose to prominence in the underground hip-hop scene in the late '90s. Jean, real name Tsidi Ibrahim, first went by the stage moniker What? What? and bounced around numerous labels and crews including Natural Resource and O.B.S. The lady MC changed her name from What? What? to Jean Grae inspired by the X-Men character in 1998. Jean dropped her debut solo album Attack of the Attacking Things under Third Earth Music in 2002.

To date, Grae has dropped four albums including the unofficial 9th Wonder collab album Jeanius in 2008. Last year, Jean dropped a new EP of music in honor of the holiday season, Christmakwhannuvuswaliyears. What does she have up her sleeve for fans this year?

Happy Birthday, Jean Grae!

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