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Jay Electronica Working With Swizz Beatz, DJ Premier

Following his free performance at Red Hook Park this past Tuesday (June 1), Jay Electronica took a few minutes to speak with XXLMag.com about what he’s been working on. Although the New Orleans native has no release date in sight for his upcoming project, he did shed some light on who he’s been in the studio with and what’s on the horizon musically.

It seems like hip-hop’s hottest producers from the genre’s past and future are lining up to work with the “Exhibit C” phenom. “Different people,” he told XXLMag.com, in regards to who would lend their hand to him on the release. “Just [Blaze], Preemo, beats from Justice L.E.A.G.U.E., [DJ] Khalil…Swizz [Beatz].”

He also said that there would be occasions where a producer was in the studio with him, but not necessarily the one behind the particular track he’d be laying. “Sometimes, you maybe see a producer that you like his music, and you may not want something from him, but maybe you want him to oversee a certain part of the project,” he continued.

This week’s Brooklyn show was the first in New York City’s SummerStage series that features various artists from many genres throughout the upcoming months. Jay has some upcoming performances scheduled alongside 50 Cent, but he said he’ll wait a little while before a full on tour. “Right now, we just trying to get back in the lab to finish up some projects. When I start touring again, I wanna tour on the heels of a release.” —Adam Fleischer