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Jay Electronica

One of the most talked-about rappers of 2008, Jay Electronica built his reputation via the Internet and word of mouth, without so much as a single commercial release to his credit. Born Je'Ri Allah in 1976, he grew up in the Magnolia projects of New Orleans, where he lived until age 19. In the years that followed, he lived a nomadic lifestyle, moving back and forth between Atlanta, New York, Detroit, and Baltimore, among other cities. He adopted the Jay Electronica alias while living in Baltimore circa 2000. While in Detroit, he befriended associates of J Dilla, working closely with engineer Mike "Chav" Chavarria and collaborating with producer Denaun Porter (aka Mr. Porter). As a rapper, he distributed his recordings via the Internet, primarily his MySpace page. Among these Internet-circulated recordings, a few stood out and helped create a buzz: "Act 1," an epic homemade rap over Jon Brion's score for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; "B**ches and Drugs," a J Dilla production; "Extra Extra," a Madlib production; and the StyleWars EP. The word of mouth didn't hurt, either, as Erykah Badu, Just Blaze, Nas, and others spoke highly of Jay Electronica in the media. Moreover, Badu reportedly made him the first signee of her Control FreaQ Records label. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Love Jay!
Funny; I learned from his bio that he's from my golden era of hip hop, just came out later in life....make s me think I might be able to drop something of my own...jay... u inspire me!!!
I'm one of those cats that is always talking about the golden era (90's not 80's) and how it kills the mcs these days but Jay electronica is one of those dudes that keeps me checking for new cats...I'm late on the discovery so I'm not starving for new s**t but heads is right bout how fan bases are fleeting...d o n ' t take too long of a hiatus or peeps will forever sleep
I hope jay never goes mainstream. When he's gone everyone will know, repect, and love his inspirationa l music
AMAZINGLY WHAT A DIEING CULTURE NEEDED TO REMEMBER A ONCE ENRICHED WAY OF LIFE ...
Anyone that was down with j dilla im down with!
Follow 4 a follow
Jay is Real
Better than Kendrick Lamar
Omg!!! "eternal sunshine" listen to that flow
Sheesh!!!
Dis dude soooo COLD!!!! JAY ELECTRONICA -ONE-LUV!!!! !
Pandora needs to add Exhibit C & Jay needs to put out an album soon
Damn that was electrifying if you know what im sayin haha but for real jay is dope as f**k
He need to not starve his fans, because they will eat somewhere else, throw some s**t on the net at least (that's what got you the buz anyway!) Let's Go!!!
Next to mf doom. Jay Electronica is on of my favorite MCs. We need some new material though!
What the F**K happened !
Women that play hard to get don't get got
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
S**t hard
I'm riding wit god too big homey
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works

Jay Electronica had the best verse on Control he the future.
Seriously though, Jay-Z knows how to sign em.
reminds of kendrick in like 09 when nobody knew him. just a hungry dude with a ton of talent.
the Illuminati need to let this brotha release an album
breath of fresh air fo real none of that chief keith wack s**t
50 let him of tha hook or did he...?
Absolutely the most brilliant emcee and my favorite artist!
on point
The Hip Hop GODS HAVE FINALLY ,RELEASED THE TRUE ESSENCE OFOUR 3rdWARD UPTOWN NEW ORLEANS MUSIC!!! Original UPTOWN SMOOTH BUT RUGGED,INTEL L I G E N T HOODLUM!!!
Good salute to nas
terencethoma s 3 5
Truth!
Best lyricism you are ever going to hear. His content is too real for the mainstream radio s**t.
charleslittl e 2 7
he is sooooo underated pls bring real hip hop back!
jay is sick a F@#K!!!
His word play is sick !
This that heat rock!!!!....
He doesnt need a single or hooks. This dude should have stayed away from trying to release an album labelwise an sold them out his trunk
Jay Electronica is the truth
Jay Elec is too cold. He doesn't even need a radio single bcuz people who like the mtv and radio crap, wouldn't get it anyway. Free hip-hop.... Release Jay Elec's album, NOW!!!
His album is complete, and Jay-Z said its the best hip hop album that he's heard. But he needs a single.
Yea for jay yeaa !!!
Dope
Hip-Hop is here!!!!!!
too bad he in Jay Z pocket
dstiggs123
This is definitely true hip hop. Go Jay
At least REAL hip hop isn't completely dead, thanx to tha truth that is...Jay Electronica.
He should be RICH right now. Came along about 8-10 years too late. Before downloading destroyed the game for REAL cats to get $$...
Much Respect to Tha God Jay Electronica who comes from the source of Eternity and is re-establish i n g his place in this dilluted dimension of reflection in this worldly expression of Divine Inteligence of Allahs ReAwakening while mastering ones own ray of light...Peac e to tha Godz and ridahz for this new era destined in its current manifestatio n of tha Golden Age......... . . . . W h o said?!!!! This wasn't the return of the Black Kingz PEACE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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