"Hottest Breakthrough MCs of 2010" Candidate: Jay Electronica
Jay Electronica isn't like most other artists, let alone rappers.
The New Orleans MC marches to his own self-produced beat. Whether it's live-tweeting the birth of his and Erykah Badu's child or practically disrobing in concert to give his fans as much of himself as possible, he's among the most unique stars to come along in some time.
With the release of "Exhibit C" last year and "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace" earlier this year, Jay Elect's buzz has never been bigger.
But unlike most wordsmiths, he is in no rush to capitalize on the attention from fans and the music industry alike; he already has a scarce discography, with his best-known work being the mixtape Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge).
"For the past few years, I been working on my own pace," he told MTV News. "And not necessarily out of stubbornness, just out of — I been doing this for so long and trying to accomplish the thing for so long, that I finally found being my own self and working on my own time and being the most natural is the thing that yields the most results for me. Of course, I'd like to be able to tell you, '[My debut is] coming next week, two weeks from now,' because we have projects. Me and Just Blaze have gangs of songs. Me and Nas speak on a regular basis; we're working on music together. There's a lot of things going on. But I don't necessary have a calendar marked when things are coming, because I just kind of want to let it keep going the way it's going, which has led me to this point."
Jay Electronica has the attention of Diddy, who rode shotgun on the rapper's "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace," and, of course, Just Blaze, who will helm the majority of Act III, his official debut.
In addition to working on his solo effort, Jay Elect has his hand in more projects than President Obama. According to the nomadic rapper, projects with Nas, Lupe Fiasco and Mos Def are on the way. Whenever he gets around to his own material, though, the plan is to put out a sequel to his well-received mixtape — he rapped over music looped from the film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" on the set — and then his debut, which will be the third part of the trilogy.
"It's still Act II. It's coming," he promised. "Act III, the official album, which 'Exhibit A' and 'Exhibit C' are a part of [as well as] 'Dear Moleskin.' You know, it's coming real soon."
Jay and 19 other up-and-coming MCs are in the running to become MTV News' "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" — and the winner will be decided by you!
Cast your vote for the "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" right here. The top five will be revealed beginning July 19, and the winner will be announced on the "Sucker Free Summit" July 25!