Looks like we finally got Jay Electronica on the mic; well, he opened a Periscope account (a live video streaming app) and had a fairly vocal live stream session on Friday. Take what we can get, right?
Jay seemed rather comfortable in front of the camera, driving around Miami, bumping the new Future album and answering the fan and viewer questions. That was until someone asked him to play some Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick’s name had come up a few times during the conversation about raps popular topics, and it seems that Jay had had enough, responding by saying he only liked Kendrick’s Gunplay collab, Cartoon & Cereal, jokingly suggesting (at 6:00) that “other than that we don’t know what n—a talking about.”
Later on, however, Jay backpedalled, defending the Compton rapper. “Don’t say fuck Kendrick, that’s still our brother,” he said. But when someone decided to say K.Dot could body Jay in a battle, he went off again: “Kendrick is my son, Kendrick is my baby, Kendrick wishes he could be me.” (at 12:40)
Both rappers appeared on Big Sean‘s Control, and Jay called Kendrick’s verse the third best after his own and Big Sean’s. “He really didn’t say anything,” he wrote at the time, “no shots. Everyone knows I like Kendrick. But facts are facts.”
We’ve been expecting an album from Jay since he signed to Roc Nation in 2010. By 2012, Act II: Patent of Nobility finally had a tracklist with features and everything. Kanye West, Jay Z, Diddy, and Erykah Badu were all going to be on it. It was set to be amazing. But now it’s 2016 and … nothing.
He can’t really think Kendrick wants ‘to be him’ when To Pimp a Butterfly has numerous accolades and is his third studio album. You don’t trash talk when you’re down three goals – champions let the scoreboard do their trash talking.
Jay did, however, have mostly good things to say about artists like Drake and Freddie Gibbs, but when 50 Cent‘s name was brought up, he just couldn’t help himself. “Right now he got the potential to be a rapper but he’s on some sucker shit … and we will slap 50 Cent’s eyeballs loose out his scalp” (at 12:00).
The clip has since been taken down from Periscope, but once on the Internet always on the Internet, right? Check it out below.