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Jay Electronica ascended then did us all dirty.

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The space that Jay Electronica occupies in the rap conversation is distinctly rarified. No one can really knock him down, and depending on how you view it, he’s earned that. Debatably the most poetically sensible rapper of the past generation, Jay was able to amass a wildly loyal following by mixing heavy, parabolic symbolism with a liquid and contemporary flow and delivery. He also seems to have an impeccable taste when it comes to instrumental selection.

Listening to tracks like “Exhibit C” or “Minutes of Moog” make it undeniably clear what I mean. The latter actually has Jay as a feature, but said qualities shine through as clearly as anywhere else. The storytelling unfolds in a natural progression that reliably baits you into listening to the whole track.

Another Jay Elec’ gem, “Jazzmatazz” captures a feeling you must hear to understand. It’s something distinctly and organically southern. It possesses Louisiana flare that any prospective imposters can simply not replicate. Jay says it best – “My style is like a shot of Jack Daniels, a baby grand piano, Lighting Hopkins smoking cigs, strummin’ on the banjo” – an apt summary.

I build this guy up not to tear him down, but more to draw attention to something. The very fans responsible for his ascent feel some sort of disregard from him. The question becomes, to what extent does an artist really owe those who listen to them? Clearly most would not be in their position were it not for the fans, but does this still hold true after the artist establishes themselves? To a certain extent I think it should.

No one’s really heard from Jay, nor has he dropped any projects in several years now. Some folks apologize for him while others are merely accepting of his disappearance from the radar. Jay as a human person has the right to do whatever he wants with his newfound lifestyle. For Jay as an artist, however, many fans feel as if he’s merely ignoring them.

I believe it’s entirely possible that he plans to drop at least one more project, and that would be incredibly smart for him. The anticipation would reach near-frenzy like levels. As such, he would have the opportunity to leave his mark on the game in a very serious way. Needless to say though, he would have to bring the ether, because high expectations can often lead to disappointment. Jay can still very well play his cards right with the situation, but time will be the harbinger of truth here, as he’s not one to reveal his hand regardless of how good it is.

Check out more on the guy here.

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