Game Says Jay Electronica Is His Favorite Emcee Right Now

Exclusive: The Compton emcee says he embraces new artists, including J. Cole and Drake, and explains why.

When Game made his 2004 debut The Documentary, revered by many as a classic album, the Compton, California emcee told the now defunct Elemental magazine that he wrote the album listening to Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Nas' Illmatic and albums from Snoop Dogg, Kool G. Rap and Notorious B.I.G. These albums were reportedly a recovery gift from brother, Big Fase 100, as Game laid in a hospital bed from near-fatal gunshot wounds.

Speaking with HipHopDX Tuesday evening, the Aftermath rapper was asked what music he's listening to this go-round, as Game records his fourth major label album, R.E.D. He cited several artists who have yet to release an LP as some of his favorite emcees of the moment.

"My favorite emcee right now, in the world, is Jay Electronica. I like what he got to say. I think he's dope, and there's a reason for that. 'Cause he's older and he's polished, and he's been doin' it for a while now. That's definitely the emcee that I'm ridin' to the most. Anything he drop, I'm downloading it, throwin' it in the whip, and it's on." Game also mentioned two younger emcees, leading the new class charge. "I like J. Cole, man. He's pretty dope. Drake, of course, is on everybody's radar, man. The kid, he's nice. Other than that, underground shit. I'm always lookin' - not to sign, but just lookin' for who's next, on a fan-level. I'm tryin' to keep Hip Hop goin', if only in my whip."

With such an awareness of the musical goings-on in Rap, Game was asked if he actively pays attention to weekly store shelves from a fan's perspective. "The shit that's hittin' the shelves every Tuesday, that ain't shit, man. I think the classic albums are the ones that we wait on, and the ones that you look forward to. There's always people who have given you classic albums before, and they're the ones that don't let you down."

As an established emcee embracing the trends and new voices of the culture, Game explained, "Hip Hop is Hip Hop. We all coexist - the dope rappers with the wack ones. The new kids with the skinny jeans and the niggas with the hoodies, we all in it together. I've learned in the last year or so, to not hate any aspect of Hip Hop. To embrace it all. Every time Hip Hop changes - 'cause it's multi-faceted, change with it, but don't lose yaself. You'll find yourself running into less problems and frustrations in your own career."

Game's fourth major label album, R.E.D., is presently due June 15 on Aftermath/Star Trak/Interscope Records.

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  • elton-john ipinge

    to all game's haters, fuck mannn, u better hate ur damn ass... u know wat im sayin', hater ur damn ass, bitch... GAME keep it UP boy!!!!!! west side...

  • J0SHPWILL

    game is a wierd character, lol.. and how does he have beef with 50 and is releasing shit on aftermath? and i wish this nigga would stop doing so much name dropping in all of his songs... but other than that, he cool. i fux wit a lot of his records. and that new pharrel joing he got with the video game sample go pretty hard... im not anticipating his album, but def looking out for it. anywho, CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. IT'S A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

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  • Slizy

    "On this internet as I'm squintin at the monitor hold up......what the fuck is a Jay Electroinca?" Hahahah

  • who? me?

    GAME ALWAYS SAYIN SOME1S NAME!! LOL!!!!

    • BWS-Fish

      when he's asked a direct question about who his favourite MC's are at the minute, how is he supposed to answer without mentionin someone's name you stupid bitch?!? Is he supposed to play charades and make you guess who he's talking about?? STFU...

  • thizzle dance

    one minute Game is yelling "fuck Jay Z, old ass nigga!" at all his shows, the next he's sayin Jay Elect is his favorite cuz he's older and polished... same old bipolar Game lol

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  • hiphopjudge

    JAY ELECTRA!!! The Dopest emcee of the new era!!!

  • hall of fame

    mushroom head niggas only heard of jay electronica because of exibit c

  • bsathiphopdx

    lol..................he said he cool with the cat drake but he specifically said he was into NIPSEY HUSSLE........good job ignoring the new west while biggin up drake u faggot hiphopx

  • Articulate1

    That's cause Game was born in the 70's and actually has an appreciation for the culture (unlike the Souljafag lame generation). Anyone with ears and half a brain knows that Jay Elec is the only new rapper worth checking for because he was also born in the 70's and brings substance and originality...all these other newbies (except maybe J.Cole who has some talent) are just third generation clones of clowns who were wack to begin with.

  • Articulate1

    That's cause Game was born in the 70's and actually has an appreciation for the culture (unlike the Souljafag lame generation). Anyone with ears and half a brain knows that Jay Elec is the only new rapper worth checking for because he was also born in the 70's and brings substance and originality...all these other newbies (except maybe J.Cole who has some talent) are just third generation clones of clowns who were wack to begin with.

  • YOUNG HBack

    That boy Jay Electronica honestly has some of the best rap music ive heard in a long time im just waitin on a mixtape or album to drop cause he's a lyrical beast.

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  • MARKEL

    Tell himm 2check Nio Tha Gift!.. from the BAy!! Richmond City..next biggest thingg out there!...

    • nycity

      get the frukk outta here with that shyt... nobody heard of this corney ass rapper nio the gift... hes probably the next biggest thing the bay but thats about it...

  • docturjay

    Jay Electronica is defintely dope. J. Cole is nice too but Drake even though im from T.O. i never really was feelin' em. in fact the whole young money camp i dont really like. Word, DUCKDOWN is killing it right now and if you bubblegum commercial radio never heard of duckdown or the emcees in it than you don't know hip-hop. but game does have a good ear for music and he can go off at times like big dreams.

  • Divine12th

    Much respect to Game for lettin' the world know. I've been a Game fan since day 1, and love how he throw props to other artists. Cats always think he's "dick ridin'"; but he's a fan 1st!. Most artists should push that ego and pride shit to the side and give love where the love's do!! Everybody that's signed or doin their thing believe they're the hottest shit out...NEGATIVE *Jay Elect' IS that dude. KEEP YA EARS TO THE UNDERGROUND, NOT THE RADIO. WHERE ARE UNDERGROUND ARE FRONTLIN' FOR THEIRS... Name another MC out right now that's touchin Jay Elect'.. .oh, I just knew yall couldn't LOL 2-1-5 in da buildin' Divine, PEACE!

  • Mu

    Who the fuck said the south can't spit ??? the south is filled with real rappers, do not be fooled with all the dance songs, thats just for the bitches. The real spitters are out there, you just gotta do your research.

  • gdmn

    good choice by Game. more interesting than Rakim sayin his current favorite is JayZ. Jay Elect has the potential for greatness. He needs to drop an album or at least a mixtape. damn he even said it himself in Exhibit C... you're takin to long! for real.

    • gdmn

      probably true. can't knock the hustle, but i say Music > all of that, so jay aint my fav

    • insanemacbeth

      i don't think RAKIM listens to JAY-Z; rather, he rates JAY's business acumen, and respects what a hip-hop artist can achieve.

  • kush nap

    jay electronica is dope, but he hasnt proven shit. drop a album son. mixtape, whatever. fumbled the ball on exhibit c, big time. and as nice as jay is, cats gon act like he the most lyrical nigga out there, just cuz hes new. canibus could burn him on a record, yet i dont see anyone praising canibus for spitting real. hip hop is by the far the most fickle fanbase in any genre of music.

    • YOUNG HBack

      Naw Jay would still eat Canibus. Canibus was done years ago, that nigga still tryna battle Em who aint even worried about him. He ate LL but then again who is LL Cool J when it comes to lyrics.

    • ryandinho

      True that a lyracist like cannibus could may well eat Jay but the fact is cannibus often times lacks production and that hard to define, mysterious sound. Maybe cuz of Jay's accent or how he puts his message in a digestable sound. He is up there with Lupe as far as ability to create a unique artistic peice. True he hasn't put out a "complete" mixtape or album, but from what we can already see, he is a beast. No disrespect to other lyracists out there, but sometimes its the way you present the lyrics that make people flock to one artist over the other.

  • Mr.Cee

    Not A Game stan, but he'z got an Ear for muzik he'z a good emcee, you have to have that, all you 5-0 stans continue to Hate because he'z better than him,mind U I said 50 not Banks!,Game & Banks were the most Lyrical in tha Unit. And Most of U sayin he drops Names too much is because he done got At'cha favorite rapper,get over it. Didn't U read the interview how he said he wrote the Documentary listening to Jay's Reasonable Doubt... by the way I am A Yuk stan!!!!!!!!

    • GTFOH

      "Didn't U read the interview how he said he wrote the Documentary listening to Jay's Reasonable Doubt" Then disses Jay later even after dickriding Jay's name like Dr Dre's. Game just got bipolar syndrome that gets way outta hand.

  • lynyrdskynyrd

    sometimes the game says some crazy shit, but i actually have to agree with the guy on this...jay electronica is deff putting in work, and of course he shouted out my man j. cole...

  • Ether Q

    Jay is nice and it's cool that Game seeks out underground artists to listen to. It's cool when a mainstream artist recognizes real talent. If you're into quality music that stays true to hip hop check out Ether Q. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAm04SS6VQY

  • toby

    jay electronica is solid... better than game lol http://watchthishiphop.blogspot.com

  • Mark Seven

    Does this nigga still hate Jay-Z?? Oh well, I'ma check for his album. He's right about Jay Elec & J.Cole (too many J's dammit). I'm surprised Drake ain't called J.Drake smh...

  • avillalobos

    say what you want about Game, I can't stand his name dropping but you cant deny that the man puts out quality albums every time. I don't see why it will be different with R.E.D. Plus that "Stop snithing, stop lying" is still one of the hardest mixtapes ever, I still bang that shit.

  • Its Um

    hadn't heard much of j. cole, drake had an increadible mixtape and season, not sure if I'll buy his first album, and jay electronica is something to wait for cause so far all his singles has been hot. Hate if you will, but the truth is his lyrics and beats are on point.

  • jimberland

    Yo, the Game is 100% correct. J Electronica is the hottest in the game. I don't even see anyone close to spittin that illness like dude.

  • TU

    jay electronica is wack!!

  • Black Admiral

    I hope all this hype translates into sales for jay elec.....he got Puffy, D j Envy , Nas, now Game giving him pros...I hope he maintains his integrity and keeps dropping jewels on em....I like what Game is saying but dude might change up 2 hrs from now...

    • ryandinho

      I think he will get similar status as Lupe. Generally respected as a top 5 MC but his fan base may be limited to real hip hop heads (which is fine by me). He probably will sell less than Lupe. Lupe had "Kick Push" and "Superstar", two crossover hits. Still cant wait for the album to drop. I wasnt old enough or even in the right geographic area to witness the Nas pre-illmatic hype but Lupe's was big and I expect Jay's to be similar.

  • jiigggga

    cop RED june 15 BLACKWALLSTREET/AFTERMATH RED ROOM MIXTAPE coming MONDAY

  • Up North

    I wonder what mood he was in when he did the interview. He'll be calling Electronica a bitch and saying J. Cole makes trash music before the week is out.

  • MIND BENDING SCIENCE

    Jay elect is heavey tho..he keep on droping them jewel...that's what i think makes him great. He's not talking the same shit everybody else is!

  • Cochise

    Once a groupie...always a groupie!!!

  • JOE6PACKNCGBORO336

    he should ask the homie to make him some hooks

  • Backpacker 88

    I agree with what he is saying. Hip Hop should be unified as a whole, and not be seen as various factions within the culture. To me, this makes hip hop look weak and not to be taken seriously. The one thing that bugs me about Game is that he does get overemotional about things sometimes. When he doesn't, he occasionally has good food for thought.

  • GTFOH

    Who really cares? Ya I commented, but fuck man. Hyping this man's every move bc he's releasing RED. "This just in, Game says McDonalds should serve breakfast all day".... ??

  • Gameisback

    y u all gotta hate on Game? He is better than most of these niggas who call themselves Rapper

  • jay elect

    the game is a fagit but jay cole and jay electronica are the two best new mcs out right now nonone is touching them.fuck a drake.

    • adafds

      first off learn to spell. fagit. gtfoh second off your a faggot but i gotta say im lookin out for RED i expect it to deliver. however, i hope game doesn't jump on this pop shit bandwagon and go all commercial. Any ways RED June 15 support real hip hop and cop it.

  • freshyboi

    jumpin on the bandwagon

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