Jay Electronica: The Return of Hip Hop.

Posted on December 2, 2011


“You can play us and repeat us, and then take us home and read us – line for line…” – Talib Kweli on Definition by Black Star

If you’re tired of bemoaning the pathetic state of hip hop and yearn for the long-gone days when you could expand your intellect and world-view by studying and joyously memorizing every line on classic albums by the likes of Boogie Down Productions, A Tribe Called Quest, Reflection Eternal, Black Star and so on, well look no further. If you are not already in the know, I present to you Jay Electronica. Enough of my words, listen to his.

“They call me Jay Electronica / Fuck that / Call me Jay ElecHannukah / Jay ElecYarmulke / Jay ElectRamadaan / Muhammad Asalaamica RasoulAllah / Subhanahu wa ta’ala through your monitor / My uzi still weighs a ton check the barometer / I’m hotter than the muthafuckin’ sun check the thermometer / I’m bringing ancient mathematics back to modern man / My momma told me never throw a stone and hide your hand…” – Jay Electronica on Exhibit C
“Build a home, teach a class, start a revolution
Free the mind, heal the body, talkin’ evolution
This that black Elohim Anunnaki rap
That Farrakhan Akeem Olajuwon Qaddafi rap
I dedicate this to my niggas in New Orleans
Rockin’ black and gold stocking caps and fleur-de-lis Shockey hats
I’m in the coatroom, screamin’ “Who Dat” on the double
Servin’ gumbo wit’ a shovel, dawg, I’m on another level
Me and Kweli come together like two pieces of metal
We magnetizin’ the ghetto…” – Jay Electronica on Just Begun
“I’m trying to stop time so I can breathe, man I’m grindin
Play record low pause fast forward rewindin
The truth is the light, but absolutely blindin
And niggas feel the pain on they brain when you remind them
About them project wars that we confined in
About them six by eight cells we linin’…” Jay Electronic on Dealing
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