Jay Electronica is a rapper outta the Magnolia Projects, New Orleans. Not too long ago, producer Just Blaze used an eloquent sample from Billy Stewart’s 1967 hit-single Cross My Heart to construct the classic instrumental to Electronica’s Exhibit C song.

Jay Electronica

The monumental track inspired Electronica to pen his most-notable song to date, producing an evergreen record that propelled a generation of hip-hoppers to mention Electronica as one of hip-hop’s elite emcees. Exhibit C is the 24th track off of Electronica’s Victory mixtape, hosted by DJ Furious Styles and DJ Dub. And 7-years later, it’s still being praised by fans and critics alike.

Jay Electronica

“We inadvertently sparked something that became bigger than the both of us.” – Just Blaze, in an interview with HipHopDX 

In an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, Jay Electronica added, “Exhibit C is more like a court case on the state of Hip Hop,” referring to the song’s intro. Ladies and gentlemen of the court, in the hearing against The State of Hip-Hop vs. Jay Electronica, I present: Exhibit C.

Jay Electronica

Jay Electronica

But all this critical-acclaim-ness didn’t just begin in 2009. It actually started in 1967, when Chess Records released Stewart’s Cross My Heart single, which peaked to no. 34 on the R&B chart and no. 86 on the Pop chart. But unfortunately, Stewart and three of his band members died two years later in a broad-daylight car accident. Stewart was only 32-years-old. But 36-years later in 2006, his single Cross My Heart was sampled by MF Grimm, and again in 2009, by J. Cole, Exile, and then Jay Electronica.

Jay Electronica + Billy Stewart

“I like Exhibit C, it is a good record. If I’m a boxer, I am always going to feel like I can knock anybody out and be the best. So, as a rapper it’s just in me, there is braggadocio sh^t in there, but there is a lot of my history. It’s a personal record.” – Electronica

In 2010, Exhibit C won MTV2’s Sucker Free Summit’s Instant Classic Award. And Complex labeled it one of the 30 most-lyrical rap songs of the past 5-years. As Exhibit C’s fame continues to grow, fans and critics are looking forward to hearing new music from Jay Electronica.

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