Wow, it's been a LONG time since I've been all shouty and laughing out loud in admiration at a track, listening to it over and over again while I try to learn the words, but my GAWD this is amazing. It's been hanging about for a couple of weeks as a radio rip... when's the proper version dropping? MASSIVE props to Truth for putting me on to it a couple of weeks back. (I've been so busy - hence the lack of updates - that I've slept on this track until tonight.)
JAY ELECTRONICA / JUST BLAZE - "Exhibit C"
When I was sleeping on the train
Sleeping on Meserole Ave out in the rain
Without even a single slice of pizza to my name
Too proud to beg for change mastering the pain
When New York niggas was calling Southern rappers lame
But then jackin our slang
I used to get dizzy spells, hear a little ring
The voice of a angel telling me my name
Telling me that one day I'mma be a great man
Transforming with the MegatronDon spittin out flames
Eatin wack rappers alive, shittin out chains
I ain't believe it then, nigga I was homeless
Fightin, shootin dice, smoking weed on the corners
Tryna find the meaning of life in a corona
Till the 5 percenters rolled up on a nigga and informed him.
- "You either build or destroy, where you come from?"
- "The Magnolia projects in the 3rd ward slum"
- "Hmm, its quite amazing that you rhyme how you do
And how you shine like you grew up in a shrine in Peru."
Question 14 Muslim lesson 2
Dip diver, civilize a 85er
I make the devil hit his knees and say the Our Father
Abracadabra! You rockin with the true and living
Shout out to Light Out, Joseph I, Chewy Bivens,
Shout out to Baltimore, Baton Rouge, my crew in Richmond
While y'all debated who the truth was like Jews and Christians
I was on Cecil B, Broad St, Master,
North Philly, South Philly, 23rd, Tasker
6 Mile, 7 Mile, Hartwell, Gratiot
Where niggas really would pack a U-Haul truck up
Put the high beams on drive up on the curb at a barbeque and hop up out the back like "What's up?"
Kill a nigga, rob a nigga, take a nigga, buss up
Thats why when you talk that tough talk I never feel ya
You sound real good and you play the part well but the energy you givin off is so unfamiliar
I dont feel ya.
(We need something realer!)
Nas hit me up on the phone said "What you waitin on"
Tip hit me up with a twitt said "What you waitin on"
Diddy sent me texts every hour on the dot sayin "When you gon drop that verse nigga, you takin long"
So now I'm back spittin that He-could-pass-a-polygraph
I shock you like a eel, Electric Feel, Jay Electra.
They call me Jay Electronica
Fuck that, call me Jay Elec-Hannukah
Jay Elect-Ramadan Muhammad Asalaam-ica, RasoulAllah Supana Wataallah through your monitor
My Uzi still weigh a ton, check the barometer
I'm hotter than the mothafuckin sun, check the thermometer
I'm bringing ancient mathematics back to modern man
My momma told me "never throw a stone and hide your hand"
I got a lot of family, you got a lot of fans
That's why the people got my back like the Verizon man
I play the back and fade to black and then devise a plan
Out in London, smoking, vibin while I ride the tram...
Just Blaze absolutely kills it. I could have sworn it was a Dilla beat. Jay Electronica absolutely SMASHES this.
EXHIBIT C LIVE
It kills it that there's more than one person shouting out the lyrics, hahahaha.