As an MC Jay Electronica stands on his own lyrical island. The NOLA native's raps and delivery are anamolies coming out of the south. Not a hint of a Southern accent or cash money ryhmes. With regards to his sound being atypical of the south:
Fuck where I’m from. I’m from the moon. I love New Orleans, it made me who I am, but, at the end of the day, it’s just a place. I rep man and human beings.The hip hop journeyman has made stops in DC,Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Denver and Dallas over the past dozen years. He is married to Erykah Badu. Nas digs his sound, hence Jay produced the first song off Nas's Untitled. He credits his mom for his musical style.
A) Jay Electronica- The Pledge: Jay Electronica has garnered buzz through Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge). He raps over Jon Brion's soundtrack to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The critically acclaimed song opens with Just Blaze and Erykah Badu likening Jay to “a mythical creature who’d have a bow and arrow on his back and wings under that bow and arrow." The mood changes throughout the 9 minute plus percussionless classic. The flow is witty thought provoking and poised to tackle one topic after another. The use of sound bites is interesting- children arguing in Kurdish and Willy Wonka.
Jay explains his motives behind The Pledge:
“I’m very influenced by movies. There’s a scene [in Eternal Sunshine] when Jim Carrey’s character has just met Clementine, and she’s invited him up for drinks. It was the first time you saw him excited, and you could tell it was going to be a pivotal point in his life. But the music you heard—do-do-do-do-do-do-do—didn’t make you feel so good. It created such a good contrast. I just wanted to do something that felt like that.”
B) Jay gives a shout out
C) Jay and Just Blaze teaser
D) Rock the Bells 08 Freestyle
E) Jay's Exhibit A is my Exhibit E