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<p>By Odeisel</p><p>We have arrived at a point in Hip Hop where the old guard is slowly by surely changing and the things that were once chiseled in stone have been reduced to dry erase marker. All the fans above 30 are decrying the present marketplace, cut off from the music by radio guardsmen who refuse to play things they can identify with. Those who are teens and early twenties are cut off from historical resonance by elders who would rather bitch than teach and maintain that connection. So it seems we arrive at impasse.</p><p>But as is custom in the way the world moves, there will always come someone that obscures the lines between eras. It would seem that for this moment in time, Jay Electronica is being cast as that person. A lyricist from below the Mason Dixon with East Coast connections, a Nawlins pedigree, a baby Badu from Texas, and all the good will in the world after dropping Exhibit C which featured inspired production from Just Blaze. The song, which has been out since at least November 2009 is picking up rotations from radio outlets that have succumbed to Stanky Legged Syphilis in terms of what they normally play. To commemorate this, DJ Dub and Furious Styles have put together Victory, a mixtape which serves as curriculum vitae for Mr. Electronica, complete with older songs, newer collaborator pieces, and a few scratches and blends for artistry&rsquo;s sake.</p><p>The mixtape is 27 full tracks long and as such can be difficult to listen to in one sitting (not due to quality, but the amount of time you can sit your ass still at a given moment) and it&rsquo;s a large amount to digest. But as you devour it, you will note a few things about this man and his music. He is extremely well read, and there is a profundity to his rhymes that is striking. There is no cat bat hat going on by any means. Secondly, his flow is unorthodox, and not quite fluid, but definitively dynamic and not stuck to any particular rhyme scheme, which is important when you consider his topic matter and his monotone voice. Thirdly, he has a distinct connection to the past, his lyrics peppered with old school references,with deftly interpolated lines from Hip-Hop&rsquo;s bygone era. Finally, you will notice that lyrically he is not light in the ass.</p>

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