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Video: Jay Electronica Talks About Hiding His Southern Roots In Earlier Years

“I have to admit, you know, a few years ago, I wouldn’t have admitted this — or maybe I wouldn’t have been conscious of it in a way to admit or be embarrassed — but in my earlier years from when I first left home, I was embarrassed from being from the South. Not in general, but as a rapper because all of the negative things that people in the States put on the South. Like, “The South, they’re slow. They move slow, they think slow, they’re less intelligent. They’re less exposed, they’re underexposed, they’re more sheltered.”

So as a rapper — I’ve been rapping since I was 10 years old — I always had a feeling of ‘I’m gonna show you’ because we down here doing it. Not that I was embarrassed necessarily — I don’t know if that’s the correct word — but I know that when I left home, if someone had heard my accent and heard where I was from, the door was immediately closed.”

Electronica said he had to adapt and become a chameleon on the mic. While trying to break into the music industry, he moved between different cities such as New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

“I kind of stiff-armed my roots for a couple of years,” the Brooklyn transplant continued of his journey. “Then my sister told me one day, ‘You know, you act like you’re ashamed of being from home.’ It was like a reality check. I checked myself. I mean, this is years ago, but now I’m at a place where I understand where I’m from. I understand my culture and I’m more proud to be from there than associate with somewhere else.”

Despite trying to hide his roots early on, Jay thinks back to the early days of New Orleans hip-hop with a smile.

“I’m from New Orleans and there’s a certain type of music,” he explained. “I come from a bounce culture — bounce music. You been to New Orleans a couple times, you probably heard of the bounce music. It’s a part of me; I grew up with bounce music. It’s call-and-response, it’s trance, it’s tribal, it’s communal, it’s African, it’s based in Africa … the energy of it.”

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19 Responses to “Video: Jay Electronica Talks About Hiding His Southern Roots In Earlier Years”

  1. Harlem World Says:

    B.G > Jay Electronica

  2. verses Says:

    I have to admit, you know, a few years ago, I wouldn’t have admitted this — or maybe I wouldn’t have been conscious of it in a way to admit or be embarrassed — but in my earlier years from when I first left home, I was embarrassed from being from the South.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You should be embarrassed that you dont put out nay music and you are all hype.

    Carry on.

  3. C Gramz Says:

    good shit yout sister checked you.

  4. 911 Says:

    This guy…

  5. hl Says:

    Where is Act II?

  6. MiamiDaze Says:

    country boy with big city dreams.

  7. 911 Says:

    Roffle at the tide turning. The Internet changed hip hop forever.

  8. hl Says:

    Anyone hear those new Roc Marc joints floating around out there. Quite good.

  9. verses Says:

    # hl Says:
    March 10th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Anyone hear those new Roc Marc joints floating around out there. Quite good.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    yeah i checked them out on dallas and unkut…shits dope…im gonna be honest and say i havent heard anything from him before…or anything that i remember

  10. Danbury Says:

    Rofl Kanye’s verse on the Because of You remix has gotta be the most cheesy thing I’ve ever heard.

  11. hl Says:

    yeah i checked them out on dallas and unkut…shits dope…im gonna be honest and say i havent heard anything from him before…or anything that i remember

    I would recommend the UN album (no Cam & Vado). I dont even know if it ever dropped legally, the album is out there though. The pete rock/large pro beats alone make it worth a download. I think he was on “The Heist” with Busta, Rae, & Ghost. I dont think I ever heard a weak track from him, but he kinda disappears and resurfaces randomly.

  12. bkallday Says:

    ..it’s called frontin’. example – “I was frontin’.”

  13. koa29 Says:

    This guy needs to stfu and drop Act II…. was supposed to drop on Xmas originally…. it’s now March 10th, 2010 ..

  14. BARBOSA Says:

    Finally got around to giving that Fab tape a listen.

    Too be honest, I expected a lot more from it.

    And I’m only saying this from some of the comments I read about it on here.

    I mean after the first couple tracks, I caught myself YAWNING.

    I’m still a Fab fan though, Lmao. I was just saying.

    Carry on now

  15. iou Says:

    burr

  16. jadaqwest Says:

    homie is dope but to say your ashamed to say where your from….man dude needs to talk to david banner about the south!!!!!

  17. Andre Says:

    Might as well just start putting beats behind these interviews and listening to that shit..

  18. unity Says:

    This dude and Just Blaze tried to blame Nas for the reason why Act II was delayed back in Dec but truth be told Act II was suppose to be out in 2007…this dude is nothing but hype he talks more than he releases music…STHU already!

  19. moneyray aka i comment on nahright so fuck 50 Says:

    The south is a somewhere to be ashamed of..

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