Formed in New Brunswick, NJ, in 2000, Seeds of Anu is an alternative rap group whose intellectual leanings remind the listener of artists like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers, and Digable Planets. Both musically and lyrically, Seeds of Anu takes a cerebral approach. Their melodic tracks are often jazz-influenced, and their very spiritual lyrics favor what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip" -- meaning that the part-male, part-female group has encouraged things like self-respect, black pride, and clean living. Seeds of Anu rappers HetHeru (formerly D.O.D.) and Heru (formerly Guardian Angel) had both been members of various East Coast rap groups when Seeds of Anu was formed in the spring of 2000. Back when she went by D.O.D. (which stood for Daughter of the Dust), HetHeru was a member of the group Scienz of Life. Heru, meanwhile, had been with a group called Fallen Angels (not to be confused with the obscure early-'80s R&B group Fallen Angel). In 2001, Seeds of Anu recorded and circulated a self-titled five-song promotional EP; two of the songs on the EP, "Slum Profit" and "Nature's Blessing," were produced by Senj Lucky of the R&B group Lost and Found.
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