Jay Electronica may soon be joining Griselda Records. In an Instagram video posted on Monday (July 18), label founder Westside Gunn hinted at the “Exhibit C” lyricist becoming the latest addition to his crew.
“Shout out to Jay Electronica. Jay Electronica might be Griselda!” he said while hanging with fellow Griselda representative Rome Streetz in New York City. “Y’all might not know what the fuck we doing behind the scenes, man. Jay Electronica might be Griselda. Yeah, for real. Ask him, see what he tells you. You heard it first.”
Jay Electronica potentially joining Griselda doesn’t come as too much of a surprise considering he worked with Westside Gunn on “Free Kutter,” from last year’s Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B, as well as IDK’s “Red,” which also featured the late MF DOOM.
The pair also share a mutual connection in JAY-Z, whose Roc Nation label Jay Electronica has been signed to for over a decade and who Westside Gunn is currently managed by.
Should the deal happen, the New Orleans MC will join a growing Griselda roster that includes Benny The Butcher, Mach-Hommy, Boldy James, Stove God Cook$, Jay Worthy, Armani Caesar and more.
One long-serving member who is technically no longer on the Buffalo-based label is Conway The Machine, who announced in February he’s “contractually done” with Griselda and Eminem’s Shady Records.
The God Don’t Make Mistakes MC later revealed he made “no money” from his Griselda deal having failed to read the contract, but didn’t rule out resigning with the label.
Elsewhere in his Instagram video, Westside Gunn spoke about linking with Lloyd Banks and Busta Rhymes in the studio earlier that day.
“We just had a fucking beautiful day, working,” he said. “Shout out to Lloyd Banks, we went to his album release. Shout out to Busta Rhymes, he played me some amazing shit. I played him some Michelle Records and man, you already know, we inspired each other.”
The Buffalo, New York native released his first project of 2022, Peace “Fly” God, earlier in July, featuring collaborations with Madlib and Stove God Cook$. The mixtape serves as a precursor to his upcoming fifth studio album Michelle Records.