Lord Jamar

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Lord Jamar
Birth name Lorenzo Dechalus
Also known as Lord Jamar
Born (1968-09-17) September 17, 1968 (age 47)
Origin New Rochelle, New York
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1989-present
Labels Babygrande/Koch
Associated acts Brand Nubian

Lord Jamar (born Lorenzo Dechalus, September 17, 1968) is an American rapper and actor. He is a member of the hip-hop group Brand Nubian, which formed in 1989[1] [2]

As an actor, he is best known for his role of Supreme Allah on the TV series Oz. He has appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Third Watch, and The Sopranos. He has also done production work for artists such as Dead Prez, Buckshot, Shaka Amazulu The 7th and Tom Browne. He released his debut solo album The 5% Album (an album dedicated to the Nation of Gods and Earths) on June 27, 2006. Like his onscreen character on Oz, Jamar is a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths.


Lord Jamar garnered controversy after releasing a diss track towards Kanye West on February 4, 2013 titled "Lift Up Your Skirt," and also proceeded to state "gay has no place in hip-hop" which led to him being characterized by some in the media as homophobic.[3][4] He has disputed the characterization, tweeting "I went to a GAY WEDDING of a good friend not long ago so I doubt I'm homophobic" in response to allegations of homophobia in other tweets.[5]

On September 23, 2013, Lord Jamar garnered even more controversy when he said "White rappers are guests in hip hop" and other remarks about white rappers and homosexuality in an interview with DJ Vlad. These remarks have led him to be criticized as homophobic and a racist by some. Lord Jamar claims to receive hate about his statements in his Twitter biography.[6][7]



  1. ^ "Hip-Hop’s Alpha Conservative". The New Yorker. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Jacob Katel (10 March 2014). "Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar on Race: "Pitbull Is Cuban, Cuban Is Black, Macklemore's White"". Crossfade. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Martin, Andrew (2013-02-04). "Listen: Lord Jamar Disses Kanye West on Homophobic New Song". Complex (magazine). Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  4. ^ Krishnamurthy, Sowmya (2013-02-04). "Lord Jamar Is Mad At Kanye West's Kilt On Diss Track". MTV. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Tweet by @lordjamar". Twitter. 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Lord Jamar Calls White Rappers "Guests," Slanders Hopsin On Twitter [PHOTOS]". Hip-Hop Wired. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ HipHopDX. "Lord Jamar Says White Rappers Are Guests In Hip Hop". HipHopDX. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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