Jay Electronica Opens Up About Overcoming Addiction

"Exhibit C" rapper says he's clean and sober and ready to get back to the music after a recent relapse.

Posted: 07/15/2014 10:06 AM EDT
Jay Electronica Opens About Over Coming Addiction and Regaining Control

Jay Electronica made headlines this past weekend for his awesome, surprise-filled set at the 10th anniversary Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday (July 12). But the performance was more than just shock value for the fans. For the New Orleans-bred producer/rapper, it was about regaining control and putting on a drug-free show.

"I backslid for a while," Jay Electronica told REVOLT TV. "Got into druggin' and drinkin' and smokin', but now I'm back, reformed. All praises due to Allah."

It's been seven years since he released his Act I: The Eternal Sunshine mixtape and, with a few disappearing acts and despite the lack of an official full-length album on the market, his fan base remains heavy.

"I just wanted to come out today, clean, sober and with my family," Jay said of his appearance at the hip hop festival. "Taking control of my life, taking control of the game."

It looked like he surely had everything under control as he performed "Young, Gifted & Black," a remix of Soulja Boy's "We Made It," "Shiny Suit Theory" and "P.S.A. (Public Service Announcement)" alongside his Roc Nation boss Jay Z.

Electronica also hit the stage with Mac Miller, performing their track "Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes," fellow Roc Nation spitter/producer J. Cole and Brooklyn's own Talib Kweli.

Now that he's back on the right track, hopefully Electronica will be readying the release of his official debut album, Act II: Patents Of Nobility, soon.

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(Photo: Jay Electronica via Twitter)

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