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Jay Electronica


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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; "Bitches 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
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Stations Featuring
Jay Electronica

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by
Jay Electronica

Top Songs by
Jay Electronica

  1.   Song
  2.   Renaissance Man
  3.   So What You Sayin'
  4.   Exhibit C by Just Blaze
  5.   Dealing
  6.   Exhibit A
  7.   Walk With It
  8.   Spark It Up
  9.   Get 'Em
  10.   Exhibit A (Transformations) instrumental
  11.   Somethin' To Hold On To
  12.   Abracadabra
  13.   Victory Is In My Clutches
  14.   Uzi Weighs A Ton
  15.   Trolley Stop
  16.   My World
  17.   Hard To Get
  18.   Girlfriend
  19.   Extra Extra
  20.   Bitches And Drugs
  21.   Be Easy
  22.   A Prayer For Michael Vick And TI
  23.   Dimethyltryptamine
  24.   Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)
  25.   I Feel Good
  26.   Katrina The Levees Broke

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