An Intervention for Jay Electronica: Is It Badu’s Fault?

jay_badu.jpg We’re serious about music here at Parlour, so this afternoon we’re begging for an intervention for underground hip-hop newbie and Erykah Badu’s new booty (boyfriend), Jay Electronica.

As I whined about briefly in Afternoon Tea, I went to Jay Electronica + Mos Def’s sold out show at NYC’s Nokia Theater last night. I was so focused on seeing Jay that I took a CAB FROM BROOKLYN and thankfully only missed two songs in his set. But as I stood there, I realized that I’d already missed his most popular song, a remix of the theme song from Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Who the hell plays their most popular song second in their set? That was his first mistake.

Then this dude starts telling all kinds of stories. Now I realized Mr. Electronica was a talkaholic from his outburst during his boo, Erykah’s, listening session one month ago (he effectively told the chatty listening session audience to shut the hell up without cursing them out. Amazing.), but damn. At the show, this fool was DETERMINED to tell us stories from his childhood in the ‘Nolia (aka New Orlean’s Magnolia Projects).
Telling the audience that his sister made him tell this story about some dude named Dirty Joe, Jay essentially got boo’d into rapping. Smh … then Erykah came onto the stage and the crowd went wild while she song some song I’d never heard. Then when Jay lost the crowd again with personal anecdotes, he screamed “Do you wanna see Mos Def?” like Mos was coming onto the stage. But Mos is notoriously late to all of his shows and he wasn’t popping up because I bet diamonds to apples, that man Mos wasn’t even in the building yet. Smh. Also, for a rapper to name drop on stage like that is the equivalent of a lazy club DJ playing that damn “Mixtrack! You gotta $50 bill put your hands up!” Fatman Scoop record. Boo hiss.

Ultimately, I wanted to tell Jay, “Yo, rap mu’fucka! That’s what I came to see. I don’t care about Dirty Joe or you discussing your boo’s gratuitous bottom (apparently Jay said “I guess you wanna hear me talk about Erykah’s ass!” and she poked her booty out from backstage. SMH …).”

Someone take Jay aside and tell him that performing is no joke. Concert’s are serious business. Especially these days, when artists only make a little money from their record label contracts and, in most cases, the bulk of their dough comes from shows.

One argument that kept popping up last night was that Erykah’s destruction of the Black Male, artist by artist including Andre 3000 and Common is the reason Jay sucked. But, I don’t buy it.

When I interviewed Erykah a few months ago, you KNOW I had to ask her about her magic. Spread the love homegirl, kick the truth. Aside from saying she just gives her men the freedom to be themselves, Erykah said:

“I learned just as much from them as they learned from me. I’m a cold mu’fucka though. But the people I’m with are cold too, they’re a reflection of that. Become a cold m’fucka and the mu’fuckas will just come like magnets.”

Hm … thoughts ladies?

Some Jay Elec shots:

Last 5 posts by Hillary aka Steely D

  • duke is a over rated rapper….i went to that crap, and if i wasn’t a Mos Def fan I would have walked out on his ass….he killed my spirits…and Erykah came out and pulled a damn Lauren Hill and sang shit that doesn’t even effin EXIST! Never again, I don’t care if he is the opening speaker for Barack O’Bama, I HATE Jay fuckeronica and it was after that show, he is a male CASSIE, a darn media darling/infatuation….y’all write up bout this dude cuz he pulled Erykah

  • >> (apparently Jay said “I guess you wanna hear me talk about Erykah’s ass!” and she poked her booty out from backstage. SMH…).”

    that’s hot though

  • Bundy

    Yeah i still havent bout into the Jay electronica hype… and apparently neither has Nokia! I’m not saying dude isnt good? But I cant name a single song of his and neither can mos of his “fans” besides name dropping “the Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” track… which apparently doesnt have a name.

  • DaefFnDoB

    C’mon….cut dude some slack..”I cant name a single song of his”….let’s see: Get em, My World, Somethin to hold on to, and Hard to Get….check them joints out!

  • dont shoot the messenger

    The song Erykah sang was “Victory is in my Cluthes”. Its available on online for free somewhere (google).

    She didnt stick out her ass when he said “what you want me to rhyme about cash or the size of Erykahs ass” but that would have been funny.

    When your first “song” is 15min and it is more comparable to a music suite then a 3:30 seconds then your used toogive him some credit for a rookie mistake

  • finkies

    don’t be so harsh on dude — people wouldn’t have been hating so much if people would have just shut up and been willing to listen (and he would have been able to say whatever he was trying to get out.) i don’t think it was as bad as everyone is trying to say it was, he’s new to the live show thing and just needs time to perfect the craft… that being said, i still have mad respect for him as an artist and i’d pay to see him again.

  • Ok Kiddies.
    Please keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but keep it classy on the comments eh? And try a spell check once in a while before I have to get evil and start deleting shit. Wondering why your comment didn’t get posted? Probably because it was written at the level of a 4th grader.

    Oh, WMDEEZ…honey your links were not going to the right place!! Repost with the right link ok? Thank you baby.

    I wasn’t at the show, but good or bad, he stepped on stage and spoke into a mic, something that about 95% of everyone reading this does not have the heart to do…so did it suck, well..kinda…do we respect it, most definitely.

    Carry on…carry on…
    with love, J.

  • La Shmoove

    Who’s Jay Electronica again?

  • I would never judge an MC by a live show. 90% of the MCs out there need to step up their live game. It needs to be a community effort.

  • cutthroat kid

    You need to not be so hard on jay. You need to get up on your research of his music, the song erykah sang was the best song he has out “victory is in my clutches”. Jay Electronica strong black man and is passionate about his shit. If he wants to talk about something during his show im sure he had a point but we will never know because you new school fans have no attention span… out

  • chuggie brown

    i was at the show. front row center, waited with my girl from 4 pm just to see Mos Def right up close. never heard of Jay Electronica except that he was dating Erykah. honestly, dude sucked. i would cut him some “slack” if he didn’t come out with his comically wack-ass front man who kept bigging up how dope Jay was. i was really disappointed. Jay was even boasting as to how he is better that Kayne and 50. To quote Mos (from the show), “Everybody wants to be the Fonz”. Camile, why should we NOT judge an MC by his live show? Isn’t that what a Master of Ceremony is supposed to be all about? If Jay can’t run with the big dogs yet, he needs to stay off the porch. YA DIG?

  • lai lai

    difference with Jay and the other male artists is that they were already sort of established by the time Lady E stepped into their world. With him, she’s basically there at the beginning. So for him, it’s either an aborted start or he’s gonna get it all. And by the way she speaks about him… she has a vested interest