Jean Grae on an Accidental Hip Hop Career by Bullseye with Jesse Thorn published on 2014-01-28T01:00:37Z From <a href="http://maximumfun.org/shows/bullseye">Bullseye with Jesse Thorn</a> from NPR: Rapper <a href ="http://jeangrae.bandcamp.com/">Jean Grae</a>, formerly known as What? What?, has been a stalwart member of New York City's underground hip hop community for decades. She was born into a musical family, though she didn't exactly follow in her parents' footsteps. Her father, Abdullah Ibrahim (also known as Dollar Brand), helped to found South African Jazz and her mother, Sathima Bea Benjamin, was a gifted singer and composer as well. Grae was born in South Africa and her parents made sure she knew her roots -- but she was also a New Yorker, through and through. She joins us this week to tell us about growing up with talented musicians as parents, her accidental hip hop career, and why she doesn't shy away from outrageous, cartoonish violence in her lyrics. Jean Grae has had a very busy year and her latest projects include: her new full length, Gotham Down, a new EP called Jeannie, a an audiobook entitled The State of Eh, and a webseries in which she writes, directs and stars, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjb5JnhmrFU">Life with Jeannie</a>. Want to hear more? For more interviews about the best in pop culture, comedy, and recommendations every week, subscribe to our podcast in <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bullseye-with-jesse-thorn/id73331298">iTunes</a>, with our <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/tsoya">RSS feed</a> or search for "Bullseye with Jesse Thorn" in your favorite podcast app.