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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.   Letter to Falon
  7.   Exhibit A
  8.   A Prayer For Michael Vick And TI
  9.   Walk With It
  10.   Victory Is In My Clutches
  11.   Somethin' To Hold On To
  12.   My World
  13.   Girlfriend
  14.   Get 'Em
  15.   Extra Extra
  16.   Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)
  17.   Dimethyltryptamine
  18.   Bitches And Drugs
  19.   Be Easy
  20.   Abracadabra
  21.   Hard To Get
  22.   Katrina The Levees Broke
  23.   I Feel Good
  24.   Spark It Up
  25.   Trolley Stop
  26.   Uzi Weighs A Ton
  27.   Exhibit A (Transformations) instrumental

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