Jay Electronica Talks Early Beginnings In Music, Defines Authenticity

Jay Electronica says he was inspired to make music after watching various parades in his hometown of New Orleans.

For their latest “Excellent Makers” mini-documentary, New Balance recruited New Orleans rapper Jay Electronica who gave fans a little insight into his musical mind. While the “Excellent Makers” video barely surpasses the minute and a half mark Jay still manages to speak on his musical upbringings, what authenticity means to him, and more.

According to the Roc Nation rapper, growing up in his hometown of New Orleans and seeing various parades helped spark his interest in music.

“I’m from the Magnolia Projects in New Orleans, Louisiana. I grew up going to parades and second lines and seeing marching bands and second line brass bands so I always wanted to learn how to play a horn or something,” Jay Electronica explained in the video documentary posted on Hip Hop-N-More. “At a certain point in high school I got into a marching band, but I had been rapping at that point already. I started off with tape decks, like my grandmother had gospel tapes. My grandmother only played gospel music, only gospel music. That was it…I been rapping since I was ten-years-old, you know what I’m saying? So if I’m 10-years-old rapping from 10-years-old to 34, either I suck really bad and I need to snap out of it or I’m gonna just be really good.”

Jay Electronica, whose musical styling’s have been referred to as authentic by many, gave quite the interesting definition of the word authentic during the documentary

“Authenticity, or to be authentic, means not just being yourself. It’s actually just the desire and the decision made to want to strive to be yourself. The process, to learn who you are, to be that. If it was that easy we would all be being ourselves,” said the rapper.

New Balances "Excellent Makers" mini-documentary does not include any updates on what Jay Electronica has been up to musically. 

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49 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Jay electronica has a face only a mother could love. Lol

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    niggaz staying talking bout the YMCMB artist who dont drop but look at this dude

  • ALEX

    ALL YALL NIGGAS ARE TRIPPEN THIS IS THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS YOUR SEEING WITH THIS DUDE THER NOT GONNA LET WHAT HAPPENED TO J.COLE HAPPEN TO THIS CAT (his album STILL isn't platinum) HE MOST LIKELY IS SITING ON A CLASSIC DEBUT ALBUM THAT IF NOT MARKETED CORRECTLY IN THIS CLIMATE AND ERA WILL FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS. I BELIEVE THIS CATS ALBUM WILL BR MORE WORTH THE WAIT THEN DETOX IF IT EVER DROPS

    • aLEX

      THERE NOT GONNA LET THIS GO UNTIL HASHTAG RAP IS DEAD. AS LONG AS DRAKES ALBUM CAN DO BETTER THAN COLE'S THEY WON'T RELEASE IT. THIS CLIMATE AND ERA IS STILL BEING EFFECTED BY LIL WAYNE SO THERE WAITING UNTILL CONSCIOUS RAP ISS POPPIN THEN THEY DROP IT AND IT DOES WHAT IT SHOULD. DROP IT NOW AND EVERYONE WILL THIN HE'S WACK

    • Anonymous

      I agree with foekist

    • foekist

      Well shit, I hope so. Or at least, I'd like to think it! Jay Electronica has yet to release a full-length album yet he has been active since 2004. What does that tell you? The two singles, Exhibit A & C were classics. Everybody loved them. So what's the hold up? Jesus, he's signed to Roc-Nation... how much of a push does this dude need? He has stated the album is done, completed. If so, and he is so fucking dope. Drop a mixtape already. Create some fucking hype...

  • Jay Electronica

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  • Right On

    hahahah its fuckin funny cause all the people hatin on jay electronica are hatin on him cause he hasn't dropped enough music.... this cat has got ALL OF YOU in his hands

    • foekist

      No he doesn't!! He is just really starting to annoy me. If he is so dope... why does it take him years for an album? He is way too overly hyped by people out there starving for something with substance.

    • Right On

      allow me to explain, then. i never said i wasn't fustrated with the album delay, trust me i'm itchin for that shit to drop, but people are HATIN on jay just cause they aren't gettin more. name another rapper that people hate on like this just because they don't hear enough of their music.. Andre 3000? Dr.Dre? maybe, but the buzz around THIS guy is still real high. that's all this hate really is, look at all the comments on this page. everyone is just waiting. they act like he has NO music out when he actually has a lot, people just don't appreciate it. everyones anxious to see what he does with rap.. i am too, but this dude is too good for me to hate on like everyone is doing.

    • LOL

      @Right On you got schooled big time on that one.

    • Size Em Up

      You gonna have to explain yourself with that comment. Better yet, let me. It would be hating if Elec was dropping good music at least on a somewhat regular basis, and niggas was shitting on him because he's signed with the Roc or whatever. It's justifiable frustration when he just flat out doesn't drop shit and then comes out of nowhere on some introspective, how to be authentic type shit. We ain't in his hands, right along with his success and fan support if he keeps fucking around. Take your time while you digest that.

  • CATCH THE DROP

    This nigga is old and lazy...If continues to not drop any music he's going to end up like Papoose....I already see people starting to hate him like they did Pap.

    • Anonymous

      except pap aint lazy. pap stays dropping street material at least, this dude is a nothing. bum nigga spazzing out on twitter all day with no songs getting documentary footage. shit is weak. jay electronica is a bum.

  • Jason

    Can't wait for that Jay Electronica & Lil B collaboration album to drop.

  • Lazy E

    40 year old dude has rapped maybe TEN times and anyone gives a shit? who's paying for this nonsense hype anyway? granted, I give credit to a guy who KNOWS he has nothing to say (too bad Laughterhouse clowns don't realize it) but this fucking Jay Elec is an utter ZERO. He's done NOTHING in hip-hop and seems to be staying on that path.

  • Anonymous

    Overrated, dude drops 3 songs a year and people are ready to call him the messiah zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Wake me up when he drops an album

  • junior

    all u lame niggas saying jay is a terrible CEO.Jay isnt interested in any dick riding buzz.he is interested in natural raw talent for that matter he much rather have his artist prove themselves than put his hand accross their back in any interview.unlike them dick riding homos @ ymcmb and the others. Imagine how much cole would sell if if Jay was like them HOmos at YMCMB.Whatever jay does its the best

  • Anonymous

    Jay Electronica came out his huh?

  • Anonymous

    loL at you morons crying and cursing because you can't get any new Jay Electronica music. That's some trust fund baby spoiled brat b*tch sh*t. NOBODY is forcing you to wait.

  • Ernesto Guevara

    Lame as internet clones. Damn near every time this man speaks he shits on everyone in the industry period. On a whole different level than these fools running around. Only one in here know what they're talkin about @GoReadABook.

  • Swordz

    IMO Jigga aaint holding up shit... It's Electrona himself.... he needs to step up the work rate... touring etc. Lazy ass nigga.

  • Anonymous

    Drop the album. Agreed.... C'mon son. WTF is this detox??? Put out the fucking album man - grown ass man with no music out...

  • john

    drop a damn album already!!!

  • Langston Who?

    Nas 2.0? GTFOH! Guy is like Nas -20!! Nasir was rocking "Illmatic" verses when he was 18 and ain't let up yet... This self-deluded jig is pushing 40 and done what exactly?

  • Anonymous

    how the fuck has this clown made a living besides eating Badu's ass these years? guy is an embarrassment to music and black culture-- P-Funk made 25 albums in the same time this ass did NOTHING but become Jay's house negro.

  • Anonymous

    STFU lazy-ass no work ethic white boy hype whore. Album droping first of NEVER.

  • Anonymous

    jay electronica is a lazy piece of shit. i don't want to hear anything from or about him until he puts out a full body of work like a big boy. internet got losers following other losers lives. over hyped bum.

  • Mr Flamboyant

    Jay Elect will drop when Jay Elect is ready. That's that. I don't agree with that but hey...when your boss doesn't give a fuck and only signed you because he wanted to capitalize and ride a buzz...(Jordan shrug)... You also gotta think of what Jigga is trying to get this cat to do as far as songmaking for the radio and tv. Hell look at y'all boy's Cole LP. That was a pure shit of an LP. Y'all will stop being fooled by the camel sooner or later if it kills you. No one will f with this dude as long as they gotta go thru and be involved with Jigga. Case closed.

  • AOL

    Magnolia lol, Juvenile says different. Herb ass mu'fucka

  • NastyNas4Life

    Signing this dude to Roc Nation was probably a bad idea. I don't know, it's like ever since he signed to Roc he hasn't released anything. This dude's got talent but Roc lacks in releasing music.

  • YESSIR

    HE GOT TALENT BUT HE DONT HAVE THE DRIVE. YOU GOT TO HAVE DRIVE TO BE ON YMCMB. THE LAZY ONES CAN GO TO ROC NATION. YMCMB HAS NATURAL BORN HUSTLERS

    • NOSIR

      FUCK U COUSIN get off my nutts J.Cole dropped a decent debut album way better than that shitty ass take care album the Drake released now that was a weed plate matter of fact it was a buzz kill so wack it will make u sober again trust me i was drunk as fuck one night listening to that piece of garbage album and started to get sick from hearing Headlines, i got sicker when i heard Make Me Proud, and i just couldn't take it anymore i throw up on Motto that song sucked ass balls as well as the entire album made me lose my wonderful dinner from earlier that night along with my courvoisier bacardi 151 mix drink talk about a bad night, and on top of that i wasted a damn good 18 dollars on that TRASHY ASS, VOMIT IN A CAN, WEED PLATE, GARBAGE WANNA KILL MYSELF, PIECE OF SHIT ALBUM TAKE CARE here i called myself trying to support Drake and YMCMB for a change that was a mistake they just plain out suck wack music so u know what i did the very next morning i throw that piece of shit cd Take Care out my bedroom window and watched it shatter as it hit the ground, then i burned the cd casing and the cover of the Take Care album in my fire place LOL i never wanted to be a pyro more until i saw that Drake album Take Care burning into ashes so after that i put on some real mainstream music something that i can get sick and vomit to yep u know it COLE WORLD THE SIDELINE STORY J.Cole's music makes me cum all over myself as well as the surrounding area i can't get enough of him J.Cole needs to come on over again and Work Out on me and fuck me good then let me hit it in the morning on him afterwards Jay-Z and Kanye West can come through and ball so hard on my ass i'll think i'm getting fucked by Nigga's in Paris cause thats exactly what i listen to after i listen to COLE WORLD and that is WATCH THE THRONE that's right fuck them YMCMB weed plate lame losers ROC NATION is king all day everyday hands down so to u Cousin YESSIR and all the other Wack ass ROC NATION haters on this site SUCK MY BALLS BITCHESS YA'LL LOSE AGAIN

    • YESSIR

      J COLE DROPPED A WEED PLATE SHIT WAS TRASH GET OFF MY NUTTS

    • NOSIR

      To bad for u cousin YESSIR ROC NATION will always be better than YMCMB Jay has way more money than weezy and all of YMCMB combined and the ROC NATION crew is way more talented than the YMCMB crew will every be and thats the truth the only things YMCMB have going for them is hype, being overrated, and media attention without these things they aint shit sorry just stating the facts ROC NATION for life bitchess oh and whoever on this site said J.Cole is lazy and had a piece of shit LP, fuck u U LAME ASS PUSSY ASS BITCH go suck a cock cause J.Cole is the shit man he's running ROC NATION right now certified gold album number 1 in the U.S thank u very much by the way, was nomiated for a grammy, has a platinum single and get alot of radio play for all his singles, and recently competed in a NBA all star celebrity game scoring a perfect alley oop and blocked that loser Commons shot yep J.Cole got skills on the court and as an MC OMG J.Cole your turning me on COLE WORLD BABY and to u haters FUCK OFF U ASS FUCKING LOSERS

  • GoReadABook

    I'd love some new Jay Elec, but I doubt that the lack of released music recently reflects a lack of fortitude as far as having that ambition to make music goes. He's just a different dude, I think it's dope he isn't dropping random freestyles and tracks all the time, cuz that isn't him. Everything else said about the Roc, J.Cole, Jay-z I gotta agree with. Kanye doing way more to promote the dudes he got on GOOD Music. I bet when Act II drops though its gonna be perfection. I dunno, I just don't see him rhyming just to rhyme. Everything he says means something, which is why I think he doesn't produce as much music. I'll always fucks with him though

  • Anonymous

    That first comment is spot on . This guy has wicked potential but he doesn't bring any new music out . Maybe if he signed with Diddy instead of Jay he would be bigger . I even think J cole is promoted poorly , every other Label has mad artists making tracks but the roc lacks so much. Kanye created GOOD music for that reason , Jayz is a terrible CEO in my opinion

    • Swordz

      I agree. Jay-z doesn't promo his artists like that... not that is a bad thing. To the contray I think that's why the Roc signings will last longer than the YMCMB, MMG, ShadyAftermath or Good Music signng. The roc nation signings are built to stand alone. However - JE needs to drop the fucking album or at least a mixtape...

    • Anonymous

      I was going to defend my point but Flamboyant did it for me , Kanye did it all on his own with College Dropout . I think Jay Elec is dope and really liked his early shit but until he drops more then 1 song every couple months most wont give him there time. Mountain Dew and New Balance are clearly fillin his pockets so i definitely wont be

    • Mr Flamboyant

      @hiphophead It's just one small thing to your logic and reasoning... Jay doesn't build artist and never has built an artist, pimp. Sorry to shoot holes in your theory, weak nigga. Jay either signed niggas who were hot, rode coattails of niggas that are hot, or just plain ol left niggas to the wayside when they weren't hot. Roc isn't about branding, you schmuck, Roc is about JIGGA and that alone. Kanye made Kanye. Dame helped build and grow Kanye, not Jigga. Jigga just rides him. Jigga is a horrible CEO simply cause Jigga is purely about Jigga. Jigga isn't creative. Jigga rides more dick and sells out the culture for his own wealth. If it doesn't make Jigga cash then oh well. And you call yourself hiphophead. Nigga you're a clown. LOL

    • hiphophead

      roc nation is about building artists into their own brand. jay did it with kanye and he's doing the same thing with cole and jay elect. Cole's music is of too high quality for him to be releasing constant mixtapes and everyone knows jay electronica is nas 2.0 and you let guys like that release music on their own terms. J. Cole isn't signed to roc nation with the hopes of getting a quick buzz out there, since he signed he has established his sound sonically and carved out a place for himself in hip hop. The success and the longevity of the success forcole and jay elect's career will well surpass the succes of any meek mill or tyga

  • nathan

    make some fucking music

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