THE LAST EMPEROR
Who is Jamal Gray, some may inquire? Is he socio-political thinker, who as an artist obtained three major recording contracts, yet managed to sustain a support base comprised of colleges, writers and deejays? Again, who is he? Jamal, is a writer who posses an amazing ability to compose lyrics, with great detail, from his experiences, combining both fiction and reality. And when describing The Last Emperor, he starts with candor that he is atypical in comparison to many of his peers.
Armed with a degree in Political Science/International Relations, from Lincoln University, Pa., The Last Emperor narrates stories of his musical journey; the plight of a young boy who created stories out of his bedroom. He would one day become a protégé of Dr. Dre, Co-founder of Death Row Records and the infamous producer of artists such as, Snoop Dog, Tupac Shakur, and Eminem.
Jamal has, in the past, won several talent shows in the Philadelphia area, and has opened for such artist as KRS 1 and the former Hit Squad [Redman, EPMD, Das EFX and K-Solo]. He has performed at the well-respected Lyricist Lounge on several occasions (This was a showcase created o assist A&R in discovering the next big star. Artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def , Foxy Brown are just some of the talent showcased at the Lyricist Lounge). He’s traveled abroad to over several countries; most notably, Denmark [Roskile Festival], London [Jam in the park], and Norway [ Quart Festival]. These were the largest crowds he’d ever performed in front of up until March of 2002, when he toured North America as the Guest MC for the popular rock group, the Gorillaz.
He’s recorded a song titled “CIA” with “Mr. Hip-Hop” himself, KRS 1 and Zach De La Rocha, former lead vocalist of the two Grammy Award winning rock group, Rage Against the Machine. He has also appeared on Mumia 911 with artist such as, Black Thought [The Roots], Chuck D. [Public Enemy], and Dead Prez to speak our against the wrongful imprisonment of Mumia Abu Jamal. The Last Emperor is a much-needed element in Hip-Hop. His consciousness and love for the culture can only better those who come in contact with him. The Last Emperor is indeed the “Last” and when given the opportunity he will ultimately be revered.
In 2023 The last Emperor back again alongside producer/DJ/artist Madsol Desar to give they fans the "Programme" a brand new recording album.