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OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresUnderground hip hop
Hardcore hip hop
East Coast hip hop
Jazz rap
Years active1996-present
LabelsBeyond Real, Tommy Boy Black Label, Landspeed
Associated actsAkil, Jock Max, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli
MembersDJ Spinna

Jigmastas are an East Coast underground hip hop group based in Brooklyn. The group consists of DJ Spinna and MC Kriminul.


DJ Spinna, was already renowned throughout the 1990s, and as well already knew Kriminul from the mid-1980s.[1] Jigmastas' recording debut was in Rude Rydims' "Everybody Bounce" on Freeze Records in 1995.[2] The duo released their first single "Beyond Real" which became an underground rap hit, and inspired the name of their self-funded record label, "Beyond Real Recordings," in 1996. To please their fans, Jigmastas released another single, "Last Will and Testimony" released by Tommy Boy Black Label and finally the debut LP album Grass Roots: Lyrical Fluctuation in 2000. In the May 2001, the high anticipated debut album Infectious featuring the former guitarist of Living Colour, Vernon Reid and rapper Sadat X.[1][3]


Title Release Date Label
Grass Roots: Lyrical Fluctuations 2000 Beyond Real
Infectious 2001 Beyond Real/Landspeed


  1. ^ a b LeRoy, Dan. "Jigmastas > Biography" (DLL). 1168 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, United States of America: Allmusic/All Media Guide. Retrieved August 24, 2009.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ "Jigmastas". Discogs/Zink Media, Inc. Retrieved August 24, 2009.
  3. ^ Magnuson, Luke (August 23, 2001). "Jigmastas". Epictonic.com. Archived from the original (JSP) on December 10, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2009.

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