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Jay Electronica Signs With Jay-Z

Diddy says his tweet about 'betrayal' not directed at Electronica

November 15, 2010 1:32 PM ET

Underground rapper Jay Electronica signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, it was announced at an event in New York Friday night. Shortly after, Diddy tweeted "Damn it hurts in a whole other way when someone you felt and I mean really felt was your Friend, Betrays you. It hurts when Breathe" — which many, including Electronica, interpreted as a reaction to the signing. But Diddy later tweeted that he's happy for the rapper and wasn't referring to him or Jay-Z in the tweet.

At the event on Friday night, held at the Box, Jay took the mic to announce the signing. "My whole goal is to reintroduce magic to hip-hop," he said. "We watched this wizard do his thing. And he's an official Roc Nation signee." Electronica — who has built a solid underground buzz and been lauded by Nas and Diddy (and is also the father of Erykah Badu's youngest child) — then performed a short set.

Many interpreted Diddy's tweet as bitterness over Electronica signing with Roc Nation — including Badu, who responded, "@iamdiddy I'm sorry."

Electronica responded himself on Monday morning, saying "@iamdiddy you shold be more clear than that too brother. Betrayal is a serious allegation. Real talk ... I ant gnna be holding my tongue if you gon be out here emotional and wreckless with it."

But shortly after, Diddy fired off a series of tweets saying that he wasn't referring to Jay-Z or Jay Electronica.

"Before we start the week off with Rumors. I am not mad at Jay Z!," he tweeted. "I'm not mad at anyone! Jz was not the friend I was referring 2 Be clear. ... @JayElectronica I proud of you! I'm happy for you. I love you! I congratulate you' I'm not mad at you! All I wanna do is see you win! All love _iamdiddy"

He then fired off another barrage of tweets, one claiming that he was getting married on Valentine's Day and another saying he was becoming a vegan, before denying them and writing, "I'm sorry to all !!! I've been drunk tweeting all morning!! Sorry."

Electronica apparently put the entire matter to rest Monday morning: "@iamdiddy Thank you Blackman. Now Lets GO!!!! #NoBitchassness in 2011. Lets GO!!!"

Jay-Z Signs Jay Electronica To Roc Nation [MTV News]

Jay Electronica Responds To Diddy [RapRadar.com]

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