I wouldn't even call him a person cause he's a weird looking cat. His ears are kinda pointy, he's got a square head. He looks kinda like he's a alien from somewhere really. Intro by Jay Electronica (Ft. Just Blaze)

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[Erykah Badu] Intro by Jay Electronica (Ft. Just Blaze)

Erykah and Jay later had a child together (the birth of whom they live-blogged!!) before splitting and Jay developing a relationship with billionaire Kate Rothschild

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I think, the reason I had kinda gotten, not necessarily discouraged, but just bored with hip hop in general is because people don't like to take risks, they don't like to try anything different. And in order to really make any kind of impact these days, not just sales-wise, but just on the artistry, you gotta be able to go to the left and try different things. Sometimes you'll get killed for it and sometimes you'll succeed Intro by Jay Electronica (Ft. Just Blaze)

Just cited this as the reason the success of “Exhibit C” was so exciting to him:

You have a real hip-hop record that’s 80 BPM with no hook getting played at 3 P.M. in heavy rotation on stations all around the country, this should not be happening. But it’s happening. But I think it kind of signified that there was still a market for real hip-hop out there as long as its good music

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I think once he got in that mindset and just started recording, it was like every other day he was sending me back something crazy. Intro by Jay Electronica (Ft. Just Blaze)

Just and Jay have worked together on some dope songs, including “Dear Moleskine”, “Exhibit A”, and, of course, “Exhibit C”

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Cause he's so much of a planner and a tactician and I learned that later on. At the time I didn't realize why he was asking the kind of questions he was asking me. He just wanted to know his whole plan of attack and my thing was always just, yo, just make music Intro by Jay Electronica (Ft. Just Blaze)

Jay’s compulsive planning and perfectionism has led to him not even having released an album — Just explains this long delay of Act II by simply saying, “Jay moves at his own pace.”

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Ridin' like old 'lacs Live From The Underground by Big KRIT 2

KRIT loves his Cadillacs, even creating a separate world called Cadillactica

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I know I wrote a very positive review of it Big K.R.I.T. Talks Cadillactica, Paying Homage To Legends and How K.R.I.T. Wuz Here Was Almost His Farewell Project by Kevinnottingham.com (Ft. Big KRIT)

Peep the review here, where Justin gives KRIT’s album an 8.5 out of 10

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It’s like, why would you name it that? Because I want to create a planet around my music! Big K.R.I.T. Talks Cadillactica, Paying Homage To Legends and How K.R.I.T. Wuz Here Was Almost His Farewell Project by Kevinnottingham.com (Ft. Big KRIT)

As KRIT told XXL:

It’s just one of those things that I was thinking about, ’cause in my first [album] cover Live From The Underground, it’s a Cadillac that has crash landed on planet earth. Just the whole storyline of being able to take you in reverse of where the Cadillac comes from. It’s creating this planet called Cadillactica where the soul and the funk comes from and being able to transcend my music with that idea. Diving deeper into what else can I do, how far can I take this record. How I can change these instruments and manipulate my voice; and make my voice an instrument. All these things to me are extremely important to really draw you in, to creatively try to do something totally different with this album. And I think it starts with the base of Cadillactica, you know, the planet of all this.

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Many fans commented that you had given them too much good music for free leading up to the album, so they weren’t as impressed as they thought they would be. Big K.R.I.T. Talks Cadillactica, Paying Homage To Legends and How K.R.I.T. Wuz Here Was Almost His Farewell Project by Kevinnottingham.com (Ft. Big KRIT)

Big KRIT was actually sort of punished for his mixtapes being so good, as they unrealistically raised the expectations for his album. However, as Chance the Rapper so eloquently put it:

If it’s all original music and it’s got this much emotion around it and it connects this way with this many people, is it a mixtape? What’s an album these days, anyways? Cause I didn’t sell it, does that mean it’s not an official release?

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Man, get signed! All the tapes I dropped up until Return of 4eva was to get signed. It was not about dropping an album, not going platinum, not going gold, not selling. It was just getting signed and that was very hard thing to do where I’m from. And I didn’t know anybody in my circle that was signed back then. That was that step: getting a label to pay attention. Not even getting a song on the radio cause at some point I was like if I can just get an A&R, then I can get on the radio. But yeah, when I was dropping those projects it was simply to get signed bro; to get enough attention that someone would invest in me and put my music out on a level where music people could hear Big K.R.I.T. Talks Cadillactica, Paying Homage To Legends and How K.R.I.T. Wuz Here Was Almost His Farewell Project by Kevinnottingham.com (Ft. Big KRIT)

KRIT’s perspective has changed a little bit since then, though, expressing frustrations over his label and rejoicing in his ability to succeed without label support on the track “Handwriting.”

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