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

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