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Jay Electronica Raps, Likes Nas

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Jay Electronica – “Exhibit A (Transformations) (Final Clean)”

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from Fresh Cuts Vol. 3: Music By Guitar Center Employeees (Guitar Center? 2008)

Update: Final mix is up there now. Beat has a fuller/cleaner sound that one might expect from JB.

My favorite backpack rapper with my least favorite rap name returns after an extended hiatus. It’s probably smart of Jay, in an era of drop-a-freestyle-to-the-blogs-every-six-minute inbox cloggers, to be so conservative in what he releases. I’m pretty sure this track is the only official track we’ve heard from him since his press buzz really starting bubbling and he delayed (aborted?) the Act 3 ep that was scheduled for last xmas.

He could probably relax the Nas fetish just a little bit (Lil’ Elt, on the other hand…), but otherwise this is real solid. Just Blaze is on the boards for this and its a surprisingly mellow affair. I was hoping something closer to “I’m Talking To You” for their first collab but I’ll take this over that old “Numa Numa” bullshit any day.

(via nah right)