Bay Area Song Of The Week: Jay Stone – “Cognac”

Jay Stone

If you blink, you might miss Jay Stone. The Oakland rapper tends to spit multifaceted bars at light speed. He sounds like a young Busdriver, if he listened to Kendrick Lamar and watched more cartoons.”The Bay has this certain stereotype about hip-hop being this really energetic, aggressive thing,” said Stone. “I’m lyrically aggressive, but I like my music to be easy listening,” he says in an interview with East Bay Express.

You might be surprised to learn that he’s slowing things down on “Cognac,” the standout track from Foreign Pedestrians, last year’s collaboration with LA producer Monster Rally. The funky organ-and-saxophone-driven track provides the perfect backbone for Stone’s infinite witticisms. Watch out for lines like “So rhetorical no answer for that oracle bastard/ Vandalizing portable animatronic caskets in traffic.” Give the track a listen below and let us know what you think:

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