(AllHipHop News) Jay Electronica does not do many interviews. Surprisingly, the New Orleans native recently spoke with Nigeria's The Beat 99.9. During the discussion, Electronica shared his thoughts on Hip Hop peers Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Big Sean.
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Jay Electronica said about Kendrick's To Pimp A Butterfly LP:
I like Kendrick Lamar’s new album. I like "Blacker The Berry." I like that. Is that the one [where he says,] "I’m the biggest hypocrite in 2015"’ Is that the one? I like that record....
We love Kendrick Lamar. That’s our brother. He’s on the right path. May Allah bless him on his journey of growth and evolution. We hope that Allah bless him all the way to the moon.
On Big Sean and Drake:
You overlook [Big Sean] because he makes "club music," but Big Sean be getting busy... He’s one of the best out. He gets busy and to be quite honest, a lot of Drake’s early stuff was based on Big Sean’s style. I always felt he took his style and ran with it. That’s Big Sean all the way. No shots against Drake. I'd be a liar if I said I don't like Drake. I know his music and songs. That's our brother too.
Drake has admitted that he believes Sean helped popularize the "hashtag" flow. The Detroit rhymer used the technique throughout his song "Supa Dupa" off the 2009 mixtape Uknowbigsean Vol 2 which Drizzy credits as inspiration.
Besides Drizzy and Sean, Jay Electronica spoke on his fellow Roc Nation artist J. Cole as well. The "Exhibit C" emcee discussed his level of connection with the North Carolina representative. He said:
J. Cole is a beautiful brother. He makes beautiful music. That’s family. I spoke with him a few times over the phone, and I wouldn’t necessarily say we’re on an everyday communication type basis. But I love J. Cole. That’s my brother, and I support him in everything he does. He just released his [2014 Forest Hills Drive] album not too long ago. It’s a beautiful album.
Jay also praised Kanye West as a "Black God" and a "beautiful brother," and added he loved Wale's "black soul." He refers to Trap music as "dumbed down Hip Hop," but admits he listens to some of the songs from the sub-genre. Electronica commends many of the Trap rappers like Young Thug for being people of color using music to better their lives.