Invoking the [artist id="13432"]Notorious B.I.G.[/artist]'s name in rhyme can be overwhelming for any MC, but Jay Electronica took the challenge in stride. The New Orleans rapper released a new track on Friday (April 30) boldly titled "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace."
The song even features the iconic late rapper's old producer and friend Diddy, who's up to his old ad-libbing antics on the track.
But Jay Elect said the song was meant to inspire a mood more than serve as a tribute to the slain rap superstar. "I like a lot of the music that's out [now], but I don't get excited like I used to get about rap music," he told Shade 45 morning host Angela Yee. "More often than not when I click on new music and it feels good and I like it, it can be good, it can be great, but I don't necessarily get that feeling I used to get. I just think when Big was around, that time period when people used to rhyme, it was more than just the rhyme and the skill, it was the spirit of the person that you could tap in to. I really wanted to invoke that energy."
The rapper said he recruited the song's producer, Quincey Tones, via Twitter and offered Diddy a sneak peek of the song. The Bad Boy Records mogul approved of the track and offered to hop onboard.
"Fasten your seatbelts," Diddy whispers after Jay's rap: "All aboard, it's the last train, Soul train/ A bottle of Ciroc will turn a private jet to Soul Plane/ Put your seats back and trays down and feet up, 'cause we about to heat up."
In the track, which is still unfinished according to the rapper's manager, Jay Electronica continues his trend of literary references in rhyme, as he name-checks "War and Peace" author Leo Tolstoy as well as Dostoyevsky.
"The flow's so Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoy, half oyster, half shrimp, fully dressed po-boy," he raps.
Jay Electronica is currently working on a number of projects, including a collaborative effort with Nas and another with Mos Def and Curren$y.
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