DJ Green Latern puts Wiz on da spot and Araab on the MPC. Dope!
Toure does his own decoding of Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit C”. Let the breakdown begin……….
I did this because I was asked by the editors of the Anthology of Rap to be part of a night of discussing and deconstructing hiphop songs. I chose one that I love and that I thought would be hard. Then many asked me to post it on Twitter so here we are. Some have suggested why do this now? It’s late. I’m doing now because I was asked to pick any song and deconstruct it and I only wanted to spend time combing through this one. I think a song of this magnitude remains worthy of discussion and the longer time goes on the more we realized what an achievement it is. I’m not herein arguing that this is the greatest song of the decade, just that these are things I hear and notice in this great song. Some of the things I point out will be obvious to some people, some of the things will not be obvious to some people. If some things are obvious to you, take these gold stars and put them in your pocket and don’t bother us with your “I already knew that.” I’m looking at this from a hiphop standpoint and a literary standpoint because I think it’s valuable to look at it from both vantages. Other people will notice other things and things I didn’t notice and I’d like to hear that. This isn’t definitive or encyclopedic, but more of an open source document: my reading of a great song that I expect will be added to by others.
In the intro Jus Blaze says “In the hearing against The State of Hiphop vs Jay Electronica.” Thus Exhibit C is the third and final exhibit or argument but what is the charge? Is it do you belong in hiphop? Is it do you deserve to be in the game? I’m not quite sure but I like that he sets this up as if he’s completing an almost legal case to prove his dopeness, his belonging, his necessity to the game. And that means there’s a reason given within the text for him doing this song: he’s on a trial of sorts with the state of hiphop as the plaintiff and him as the defendant. Most songs don’t offer a reason for why they exist, for why the person is telling the story or saying the rhymes and I like that this song gives it’s own reason for existence. This song is the most autobiographical of the three Exhibits, the one where he’s testifying—in both the legal sense (it’s a case) and in the Black cultural sense, testifying, telling his life story. This song is him laying himself bare before the court and saying this is who I am and where I’ve come from and how I got to be who and where I am.
With the release of his seventh signature shoe with Jordan Brand, Carmelo Anthony and Krossover Entertainment prepared this mixtape to accompany the launch of the Melo M7s, which includes exclusives from Bun B, Styles P, N.O.R.E., Young Dro, Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch and Big Sean, amongst others. Download below.
1. Michael Jordan – Become Legendary
2. Bun B – Mastamind (ft. Diego Cash, Steel Bill, Scotty)
3. Nas – Foul Breeze
4. Jadakiss – Goes Up (ft. Diego Cash)
5. Styles P – M7′s
6. N.O.R.E. – Legendary (ft. Al Gator, Diego Cash, Mr. Kane)
7. Young Dro – I’m On It
8. MC Lyte – Rockin’ With The Best
9. Young Dre – The Illest (ft. Nipsey Hussle & Bad Lucc)
10. Ghostface Killah – The Eulogy (ft. Sheek Louch, Diego Cash & Bully)
11. Tru Life – Stand Up (ft. Jay-Z)
12. Cavi – Look How Far We Came (ft. PO & Omega)
13. Cassidy – Hypnotized (ft. Diego Cash)
14. Saigon – You Make Me Sick
15. SouthSide – Shoot You
16. Trifelon – Make ‘em All Come Out
17. Shawn Chrys – Catch Me If You Can
18. Jody Breeze – Rookie Of The Year
19. Big A & Al Gator – Jordan
20. Big Sean – Poster
21. 2 Much – Here To Rock
22. Cavi – Become Legendary (ft. Diego Cash, Ja Miss)
23. Al Gator – M7′s Freestyle