Biggin’ Up My Brother: A History of J. Cole and Jay Electronica Swagger Jacking Jay-Z

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    “I say a Big verse, I'm only biggin' up my brother,” Jay-Z kicked on <em>The Black Album</em>'s “What More Can I Say,” justifying his penchant for borrowing bars originally crafted by The Notorious B.I.G. It seems like his Roc Nation signees enjoy paying similar homage to Jigga Man himself. In their brief careers, both J. Cole and Jay Electronica have swagger jacked their boss's lyrics on a handful of occasions. Most recently, on his much anticipated collaboration with Hov, “Mr. Nice Watch,” J. Cole borrowed a short phrase from Mr. Carter. Similarly, Jay Elec kicked his off his verse on “Act II (Rough Demo),” also leaked last week, with some bars from the other Jay. On the heels of those releases, <em>XXL</em> brings its monthly magazine column Swagger Jacker online for the Roc Nation edition.
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    J. Cole: <strong>“Looking For Trouble”</strong><em>“High as fuck with a cold flow and a loaded gun/Never say I’m better than Hov, but I’m the closest one”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WDYd0ifaXU4?version=3&hl=en_US&start=250"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WDYd0ifaXU4?version=3&hl=en_US&start=250" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Jay-Z: <strong>“Hola Hovito”</strong><em>“Mone got more flows than Young/Plus got more flows to come/And if I ain't better than Big, I'm the closest one”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VlZOxCi4as4?version=3&hl=en_US&start=182"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VlZOxCi4as4?version=3&hl=en_US&start=182" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    J. Cole: <strong>“How High”</strong><em>”No I don't smoke, maybe once in a blue/When the tension gets thick then there’s nothing to do”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/G8u4WUlnWeQ?version=3&hl=en_US&start=152"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/G8u4WUlnWeQ?version=3&hl=en_US&start=152" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>Jay-Z: <strong>“Feelin It”</strong><em>“It's just once in a blue when there's nothin to do and/The tension gets too thick for my sober mind to cut through”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Cs8Zb2dXsFU?version=3&hl=en_US&start=177"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Cs8Zb2dXsFU?version=3&hl=en_US&start=177" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    J. Cole: <strong>“Mr. Nice Watch”</strong><em>Ugh, nice watch/Ugh, nice watch (I know)</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/22st8ORI8RU?version=3&hl=en_US&start=82"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/22st8ORI8RU?version=3&hl=en_US&start=82" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Jay-Z: <strong>“A Million and One Questions”</strong><em>“Uggh, nice watch, do you really have a spot? Like you said in 'Friend or Foe' and if so, what block?”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Uu0nhEuw5vc?version=3&hl=en_US&start=51"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Uu0nhEuw5vc?version=3&hl=en_US&start=51" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    Jay Electronica: <strong>“Exhibit A”</strong><em>“I spit that Wonderama shit, me and my conglomerates/Shall remain anonymous, caught up in the finest shit”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eSxLzrXurJI?version=3&hl=en_US&start=20"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eSxLzrXurJI?version=3&hl=en_US&start=20" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Jay-Z: <strong>“Dead Presidents”</strong><em>“While others spit that Wonderama shit, me and my conglomerate/Shall remain anonymous, caught up in the finest shit”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6hxjrGMojus?version=3&hl=en_US&start=32"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6hxjrGMojus?version=3&hl=en_US&start=32" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    Jay Electronica: <strong>“Act II (Rough Demo)”</strong><em>“Who wanna bet us that we don't touch lettuce/Stack cheddars forever/Live treacherous, all the etceteras/To the death of us, me and my confidants, we shine/You feel the ambiance, we savin' the blind”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qFK-7ANoMOg?version=3&hl=en_US&start=42"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qFK-7ANoMOg?version=3&hl=en_US&start=42" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Jay-Z: <strong>“Dead Presidents II”</strong><em>“Who wanna bet us that we don't touch lettuce/Stack cheddars forever/Live treacherous, all the etceteras/To the death of us, me and my confidants, we shine/You feel the ambiance, y'all niggas just rhyme”</em><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/OYIsa_u_C-s?version=3&hl=en_US&start=10"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/OYIsa_u_C-s?version=3&hl=en_US&start=10" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    <strong>Bonus: J. Cole's Jacked Jigga Song Titles</strong>
    <strong>J. Cole: "Can I Live"</strong><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FLFPB_lqnuY?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FLFPB_lqnuY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><strong>Jay-Z: "Can I Live"<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CDwljEbaMRg?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CDwljEbaMRg?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></strong>
  • Wack artiles

    Nas>Jay-z
    Kendrick Lamar>Cole
    Anyone>Jay Elec

    • pimpnastyfunk

      Whoa Whoa Whoa! I know Jay hasn’t released an album yet, but check out any of his songs and you will see he is a better lyricist than, well pretty much anybody out right now.

    • Oak Wynette

      @Wack artiles

      “Anyone>Jay Elec”? How can you back up such a statement?

    • Petrick

      Yo Wack Articles. You on some shit son. If you gonna criticize someone’s work, then listen to it first. Jay Elect is way better than most of the artists out right now, whether they known commercially or not.

  • T-Mac

    J.Cole is little above average … Nothing special about him. Jay Electronica got much more potential.

  • JP

    damn act ii thats some swagger jackin he prolly was borrowing it tho

  • JP

    damn act ii thats some swagger jackin he prolly was borrowing it tho

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    Biggin’ Up My Brother: A History of J. Cole and Jay Electronica Swagger Jacking Jay-Z Biggie Smalls

    ^ y’all missed that and fixed

    wack artiles lost once they didn’t proofread the name

  • peña

    fuckin crazy if you think anyone is better than jay elec!!! you obviously have never listened to him!!