Jay Electronica Says He May ‘Never See The Value Of A Grammy’ In Respect: Mixtape Daily Year-End Awards

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Jay Electronica might be hip-hop’s underground — and Erykah Badu‘s — darling, but he’s also been chosen as our Firestarter for MTV News’ Mixtape Daily Year-End Awards.

Beginning his reign on the rap Internet boards, the New Orleans MC who recently signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation broke into the mainstream with the release of his “Exhibit C.” The aforementioned track, which was proceeded by “Exhibit A,” nabbed larger-than-life production from super-producer Just Blaze.

Jay recently sat down with Respect, a photo-driven hip-hop magazine, and spoke to Editor-In-Chief Elliott Wilson about the rap world and what executives, including Universal Republic’s Monte Lipman, attempted to woo him onto their label rosters.

” ‘Exhibit C’ magnified everything. Everybody was coming at one time. I’m the kind of person who, if I get to a point where I can’t make this decision, then I’m gonna stand still … ” the MC admitted. “Puff can make a statement like ‘F— the underground,’ which is a blasphemous statement in rap. But he doesn’t mean that as a dis. He means, ‘We’re supposed to be out here shining.’ Maybe I’m never gonna see the value of a Grammy. But for somebody to be able to show me the value of it, what it means for people to see you get that, and the inspiration of it. It’s like the Saints winning the Super Bowl. Yeah, it’s only a f—in’ game, but what it does for the city, what it does for the people …”

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