News: Jay Electronica Faces Off W/ Based God, "This Project Is Gonna Be Historical"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 12:50PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Roc Nation's Jay Electronica is reportedly heading into the studio to begin work on a new EP alongside The Pack frontman Lil B the Based God.

According to B, the untitled EP will take on a spiritual approach.

"If you listen to Jay Electronica's first mixtape that he had 'Exhibit C' on, and if you really listen to him, there's a lot of stuff that I feel in my heart are similarities," B explained in an interview. "You know, like, subject matter. It's another level that we're in tune on, because we're here for the positivity and to make a change...This project with Jay is gonna be very spiritual, very uplifting, very deep. It will be historical." (MTV)

Recently, producer 9th Wonder gave props to Lil B's music.

"Lil B reached out to me 3 or 4 months ago on Twitter and told me he's a big fan of myself and Murs," 9th revealed in an interview. "At the time I didn't know who he was, so I Google'd his stuff, and I was like "ooo-kay" [Laughs]. I saw 'Wonton Soup' and all that. Then, the Twitter world started going crazy off the fact that I was even talking to Lil B...It wasn't until he released a record with Tony Yayo called 'Based,' that Khrysis told me to check out. I heard it and he was saying some stuff on there -- I was digging it -- so of course I hit him back on Twitter to tell him. He was just really adamant about getting up. I told him if we get up -- you can't do no 'Wonton Soup' [Laughs]. And he knew it." (VIBE)

Electronica made headlines last fall, after formally joining Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.

Another "Jay" has been added to the Roc Nation roster. It was announced yesterday (Nov. 12) that New Orleans rapper Jay Electronica signed with Jay-Z's personal imprint, joining acts J. Cole and Willow Smith at the recently formed label. And to celebrate, Jay-Z threw a lavish party at New York club The Box that neither Jay E, nor anyone else in attendance, would soon forget. The event -- which kicked off at about 10:15 pm and drew head-turning guests like Beyonce and Omarion -- was a three-ring circus that included sexy burlesque dancers, an aerial gymnast, a Russian hula-hoop master and a girl whose "talent" was having men shoot arrows at balloons that were strategically positioned over her privates. (Billboard)

Outside of working on the Lil B joint EP, Jay Elect recently displayed his admiration toward rap veteran Nas.

"Working with Nas is good; it's an honor and a privilege," Jay Electronica said in an interview. "Because he someone you look up to coming up. When you look at Nas, it's not even an argument--he's one of the greatest to ever do it. The only argument is if he is the greatest, so it's exciting. As a swordsman, it's always exciting meeting another swordsman. How does he swing his?" ("The Come Up Show")

A release date for the EP has not yet been revealed.

Check out some recent Lil B footage down below:

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