The true tragedy is in the potential he demonstrates on a mixtape that still rides more than a decade later. It was Friday night, February 19th 2010, when Jay Electronica pulled the full, delirious crowd of Amsterdam’s Sugar Factory onto the stage, to join him in his performance of “Exhibit C.” That is, almost the full crowd, since after a brief moment of doubt, I decided to remain on the balcony to fully take in the glorious spectacle unfolding below. The tape had been made utilizing the internal mic of his laptop and counted only fifteen minutes, but somehow also featured glowing recommendations from luminaries Erykah Badu and Just Blaze. Because it’s hard to imagine the album we are now hearing. My man Ka5p was on hand to see Jay Hanukkah perform at Red Hook Park for the City Summerstage Concert series. “I was born on Tatooine with dreams of sand,”. kicked it with a Rothschild at some point. And then…cue the Price is Right lose noise. And then things grew silent. In 2009, Just Blaze sampled it and created the beat that is known as Exhibit C.  Gotta love hip hop. By adding only a single verse to it, every word of it only gains in heft. In following years, several loosies would pop up online, ultimately collected in the popular 2009 mixtape What The Fuck Is A Jay Electronica?, which furthered the hype. I banged it loudly at least three times in a row— something I almost never do with a song out of the fear of wearing it out—certainly disturbing the neighbors above my garden apartment. It actually convinced him to send the label another message. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige.”. But, turned out to be a duo album with Jay-Z. "[3] Wes Flexner of The Other Paper says the song "has created a feeling that hasn't existed since Common Sense's 1994 single 'I Used to Love H.E.R.' A server that was hacked, after which the hackers decided to ransom the files for an amount supposed five figures strong. Jay Electronica - Exhibit C (Prod. to reach ears, seemed unthinkable at that point. It actually convinced him to send the label another message. "Exhibit C" by Jay Electronica contains a sample of another track. All rights reserved. I wish I knew about this one man. Add to that the fact he came up through posting tracks on Myspace during what would retrospectively become known as the ‘blog era’. After a week, barely a soul was still talking about, How different its reception could have been, if. Act II: The Patents of Nobility (the Turn). Very silent. Earlier this year, Jay Electronics surprised everyone by actually releasing what is now his official debut album. We may never know how Jay got here, but it’s a crying damn shame that he is. I also don’t want to hear about him dissing Kendrick Lamar or any other working rapper. I’m over the bullshit—I don’t care about any headline that doesn’t include his name with the words “mastered” and “drops Friday.”. The fact that the man behind this self-assured tone turned out to be far less assured, and might not have picked the role of chosen one for himself after all, doesn’t do anything to negate the sharpness of his pen. The instrumental became very popular among hip-hop artists, with several rappers such as Fabolous,[5] Cassidy, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Bobby Creekwater, AZ, N.O.R.E., Saigon, Charles Hamilton, B.o.B, Childish Gambino, Twista, Papoose, Game, Lil B, Cashis[6] and Big K.R.I.T. The song, produced by Just Blaze, samples Billy Stewart's "Cross My Heart". "Exhibit C" is a song by American hip hop recording artist and record producer Jay Electronica. Pharcyde would probably eke out Snoop for me in terms of west coast artists, and The Devil Made Me Do It by Paris may be the most underrated debut album of all time if only because it never seems to get mentioned at all and it banged. Dustin is a career writer living in Chicago, and the founder of wafflecolored.com. Thank you all.” Hopefully that process won’t take another eight years. No matter how good this album was, it was not the exalted moment wafting of frankincense built up towards so dramatically in 2012. It was history in the making, and we were there to witness. “I was born on Tatooine with dreams of sand,” Jay Electronica raps on “Letter To Falon,” referring to Luke Skywalker, the focal point of the original Star Wars trilogy. First is “The Pledge,” in which a simple object is offered up for inspection to confirm its inconspicuousness. In 2010 Jay Elec signed a deal with the company of that other renowned Jay: Roc Nation. Second is “The Pledge,” in which something extraordinary happens to the object, and third is ‘The Prestige’, in which the trick reaches its finale. Jay Electronica Embraces Faith & Nostalgia On Leaked “Memories & Merlot” About “Exhibit C” Produced by Just Blaze, "Exhibit C" is the sequel to Exhibit A . Listen to both tracks on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes. Please sign in or sign up. Jay Electronica mostly seemed moved by the enthusiasm with which his work has been received over the weekend though. It’s been the subject of countless news stories, timelines and think pieces over the last decade. As I mentioned above, most of the tracks are unmastered and several are over other folks’ unaltered beats. Copyright © 2020 WhoSampled.com Limited. The fact it still hadn’t died down when he finally posted a screenshot of the album’s tracklist and said he had turned in the album two years later, is testament to how big the hype over it was. Click on Ka5p’s youtube link to watch Jay’s other songs from the free concert. It was a perfectly fine project, good even. The Blacker the Content the Sweeter the Truth. But its overwhelmingly glowing reception on social media proves his reasonable doubt needn’t have been. We rely on your support to keep POW alive. And the way in which he married the then already dominant south and hiphop’s New York roots into the same person, made him a great unifier amongst all who heard him. Both songs make everyone, regardless of their current role in life, remember why they fell in love with hip-hop. The song, produced by Just Blaze, was released to iTunes on December 22, 2009,[1] as an EP with explicit, clean and instrumental versions. Jay Elec had actually turned it in to the label like he said did, because a digital copy of it was floating around on a server. My man Ka5p was on hand to see Jay Hanukkah perform at Red Hook Park for the City Summerstage Concert series. "[10] Henry Adaso of About.com called "Exhibit C" the best rap song of 2009, saying it "embodies everything people admire about Jay Electronica — a combo of compelling confessionals and convincing boasts, delivered in a charismatic manner. Jay Electronica Performs 'Exhibit C' at Red Hook Park (Video) Posted on June 3, 2010 | Leave a comment. Jaap van der Doelen might pay $300 to the court to change his name like Cassius. Aside from their earlier collaboration “Shiny Suit Theory,” the record had nothing to do with his solo debut. Hearing how The Turn actually delivers on its promise after all these years still, is a trick shattering all known laws of the rap game. “Y’all got me over here crying,” he tweeted in a now largely deleted series of messages. I don’t care that people think he’s tangentially connected to the Illuminati because he kicked it with a Rothschild at some point. “Bonnie and Clyde,” based on a Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot sample, feels just as pleasantly airy. The tape had been made utilizing the internal mic of his laptop and counted only fifteen minutes, but somehow also featured glowing recommendations from luminaries Erykah Badu and Just Blaze. Jaap van der Doelen tracks the nomadic MC's journey from purported savior of hip-hop to prodigal son. Discover all Jay Electronica's music connections, watch videos, listen to music, discuss and download. producers thanks to his role in Jay-Z’s early-aughts renaissance and his drum-and-gospel-sample sound that contributed to the apex of both State Property and Dipset. The instrumental parts have been stretched to provide a bed for his verses, but the original track remains largely intact. [12] On April 22, 2013 Complex also gave the track the top spot on their "30 Most Lyrical Rap Songs of the Past 5 Years," calling the cut "a magical moment—one he nor any other rapper in the past five years could top." All praises due to Allah.”. Being hacked and having an old, scrapped album dumped onto the web, must be one of the worst possible ways an artist can have his music released. And just like Jay Electronica, he disappeared for years, only to be pulled back onto the battlefield by circumstances beyond his control. Now you can wear it. Main genre: Hip-Hop / Rap / R&B. It felt different, and grand at the same time. Please support the last real independent rap blog standing by subscribing to Passion of the Weiss on Patreon. This time, not to block its release, but to finally publish it officially. All rights reserved. [7] recording their own versions of the song. You must be logged in to comment. Now that’s real magic. It’s impossible Jay Elec could have fully foreseen that parallel back in 2012, but it does add even more weight to his many raps pregnant with myth-making. Flying Dutchman actually delivers on its promise after all these years still, is a trick shattering all known laws of the rap game. Hmm if I remember correctly it was one of those that took up a lot of space and started playing sound if you hovered over it. And just like Jay Electronica, he disappeared for years, only to be pulled back onto the battlefield by circumstances beyond his control. [3] Mos Def has performed the song live. Despite not having an album or major label support, the song received airplay on stations like WQHT. The anniversary has me thinking about Jay Electronica, an artist who had the opportunity to become an heir apparent of sorts to Nas, and who also has a noteworthy anniversary this year—“Exhibit C” turns 10 in December—but seemed content to squander it all for reasons unknown. As if all those years had been working towards this point. 1971. Jay Electronica’s project titles promised a trilogy inspired by writer Christopher Priest’s, , in which the three acts of a magic trick are defined. Please take a second to donate on Patreon! In 2010 Jay Elec signed a deal with the company of that other renowned Jay: Roc Nation. I know i'm almost a year late but what add was that? It was a time in which the power of major label marketing machines seemed broken by a small army of online rap connaisseurs and mixtape DJ’s. “Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. I was right up the block on this day too. Now that’s real magic. Jay Electronica recorded his first major feat Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) to a selection of drumless loops taken from Jon Brion’s soundtrack to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. How very, very wrong a person can possibly be. If Act II really has existed for all these years, it would very likely sound dated as a 2019 drop. The song, produced by Just Blaze, was released to iTunes on December 22, 2009, as an EP with explicit, clean and instrumental versions. When he signed to Roc Nation in 2010, it seemed like all systems go for his first official album, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn). I was right up the block on this day too. The fact it still hadn’t died down when he finally posted a screenshot of the album’s tracklist and said he had turned in the album two years later, is testament to how big the hype over it was. Charlie Wilson's Bound 2 sample of Ponderosa Twins Plus One's Bound. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige.”, Exactly why Jay Electronica let the prestige slip through his fingers, and ultimately made his album disappear in full, remains guesswork.

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