September 17, 1968|
The Bronx, New York
|Origin||New Rochelle, New York|
|Genres||Hip hop, conscious hip hop|
|Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, Sadat X|
Lorenzo Dechalus (born September 17, 1968), known professionally as Lord Jamar is an American rapper, record producer and actor. He is a member of the hip-hop group Brand Nubian, which formed in 1989. Jamar is a frequent guest on VladTV, where he has garnered attention for his numerous controversial comments during interviews on a number of social issues, including racism, sexism and homophobia.
Lord Jamar began his career as a member of Brand Nubian, whose 1990 album One for All is regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The group has released a total of six albums.
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.
He currently co-hosts a podcast, Yanadameen Godcast, with fellow rapper Rah Digga.
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. 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.
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.
|2002||Morning Breath||Devon||Short Film|
|And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop||Himself||Documentary|
|2006||They're Just My Friends||Light|
|2007||Wifey||Jevin 'Huss' Jones||Television Film|
|2009||Father's Day||Rammel||Short Film|
|2010||Drugs 101||Chucky||Short Film|
|The Furious Force of Rhymes||Himself||Documentary|
|2012||Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap||Himself||Documentary|
|2001||Oz||Kevin 'Supreme Allah' Ketchum||11 Episodes|
|100 Centre Street||Episode: "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"|
|2002||Law & Order||Leon Griggs||Episode: "Attorney Client"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Bad Ass / Javier
|Episode: "Mother" |
|2004-2005||Third Watch||Raymond Morris||Episode: "Forever Blue" |
|2006||The Sopranos||Da Lux||Episode: "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh"|
|2007||Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show||Himself||Episode 3|
|2011||Rescue Me||D'brickshaw||Episode: "Vows" |
|2012||Elementary||Raul Ramirez||Episode: "You Do It to Yourself"|
|2013||Person of Interest||Grishin||Episode: "Relevance"|
|2016||The Night Of||Tino||4 Episodes|
|2016||Money Power Respect||Himself||Recurring Role|