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Diddy and Jay Electronica perk ears up with a collaborative effort that is receiving generally positive reaction

Jay Electronica, Diddy: “The Ghost of Christopher Wallace”

Jay Electronica and Diddy sparked a little buzz, and a little mixed reaction, when it was announced they would be working together. Word has it that although Diddy wanted to sign Jay Electronica in the past, Jay declined. This time however, one of hip hop’s most talked about MCs has linked with one of hip hop’s most talkative hypeman, and the result, the oddly-titled (and apparently unfinished) “Ghost of Christopher Wallace”, was debuted leaked on Angela Yee’s show. RapRadar‘s got the goods.

Our interest as New York hip hop advocates is not for Jay Electronica, as he is an out-of-towner, and although we respect his talent and enjoy what he’s working with, he can’t qualify for our attention. Nor do we jump at the chance to post up new Diddy music, as Diddy, while undeniably successful and representative of New York hip hop, like it or not, he mostly represents the old guard.

However, his recent signing of Queens-bred, world-known rapstress-of-the-hour, Nicki Minaj, (and the irrelevant Rick Ross), does have us keeping an eye on the chief Bad Boy. It’s not lost on us the comments made after that signing, (you know, the new B.I.G./Lil’ Kim thing), and once again participating in the invocation of Biggie’s name, is sort of another “smh” moment.

The track is decent though. Check RapRadar for the audio, and a couple clips of Jay Electronica speaking to Angela Yee about it.

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6 comments

  1. Jay Electronica: Exhibit A, B & C – it’s the Hip Hop Renaissance, yall: http://bit.ly/dfO89S

  2. I’m posting something negative about this article because apparently that’s the cool thing to do.

    Personally, I thought that a website that focuses on NYC hip-hop posting a song by a dude from New Orleans WAS “saluting the god.” But what the hell do I know?

  3. Aw, no you don’t. You love us. Deep down inside. We know it. You can’t fool us.

    “Beautifully reasoned..” lol.. That’s funny. You’re funny Ty!

  4. Birthplace magazine? Just plain stupid. The article above? Even more stupid. The comment posted by the Magazine in response to the beautifully reasoned comment about the stupidity of your article? Unequivocally stupid. I regret stumbling on this stupid website/blog.

  5. Really? Of all the things that are “wrong with hip-hop today” you single out this “type of article”? Now *I’M* SMFH…

    Again, as “NEW YORK” hip hop advocates, we are strict in our editorial policy in that we highlight, write about, target, feature, investigate and share to the pubic, news, music, events and information about NEW YORK area artists. While we take nothing away from anyone in hip hop from anywhere, we have an editorial policy to stick to. That IS our role, and we DO know it.

    Perhaps our attempt at journalistic integrity caught you a bit off guard, since in the world of blogs, that’s not a concept many stick to, but we do.

    Further, we specifically said we like what Jay is coming with. Personally, we think he’s a breath of fresh air and good for hip hop in many ways, but as a site dedicated to NEW YORK area hip hop, he is simply out of our jurisdiction.

    Despite that, we posted him, even though the connection to NEW YORK area hip hop (Diddy) is a reach in of itself, since Diddy had very little to do with the song. And while we have countless NEW YORK area hip hop artists who also “rep hip-hop proper” that are we are backlogged in writing about, the fact that we even spent any time posting a Jay Electronica song is proof in of itself that we respect what he does.

  6. if you’re a hip-hop advocate for real than Jay Electronica more than qualifies for your attention. SMFH. These types of articles are what’s wrong with hip-hop today. STFU and know your role…Jay Electronica is one of the few artists left in this world that reps hip-hop proper…salute the god

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