The Bottom Line
- Focused rhymes
- Brilliant production
- Nothing to see here
- "Exhibit C" is the third installment in the Jay Electronica/Just Blaze trilogy
- Samples Billy Stewart's "Cross My Heart"
- "Exhibit C" is available as an EP on iTunes
Guide Review - Jay Electronica – "Exhibit C" Review
Using his life experience as a thread, Jay weaves a needle between southern rap’s thorny past and glorious future in one sharp swoop: “When New York n--gas was calling southern rappers lame/But then jackin’ our slang/I used to get dizzy spells, hear a little ring/The voice of an angel telling me my name/Telling me that one day I’mma be a great man.” That he’s doing so on a track with one of the most sought after producers in the East Coast is symbolic of Jay’s talent and broad appeal. I’ll even forgive him for swiping MF Doom’s lyrics (”Eating wack rappers alive shittin’ out chains”), because if anyone can eat a wack rapper and sh-t out his chains, it’s Jay Electronica. I mean, Jay Elect-Hanukkah.
Jay’s imagery is impressive. But it’s only one part of the equation. The other part comes from Just Blaze’s musically rich soundboard. A dense soundscape of shimmering piano licks over a classic break beat and thumping bass is the recipe for an instant banger.
In fact, I’m now convinced that Just has musical notes where his fingers are supposed to be. How else do you explain a streak of consistency that stretches over the course of a decade? Among the producers that rose to prominence in the early 2000s, only Kanye West and The Neptunes can boast of better track records. But that’s because those guys churned out beats at an alarming rate while Just kept his thumb glued on video games. Who knows, maybe the gruesome label politics surrounding the Saigon experiment left him sapped. For whatever reason, Just seems to have found his rhythm again. I don’t know how much Jay Electronica had to do with that but the two seem to complement each other perfectly.Hip-hop demands an extended alliance from this duo.