On March 13th, rap history was made. Rapper Jay Electronica dropped his debut album after being active in the music industry for more than 20 years. For a long time, the New Orleans rapper was the focus of a lot of discussion and speculation due to both his personal life and his music career.
Jay Electronica has a very interesting story. He initially used Myspace as an avenue to release his first “project” which was about fifteen minutes, then grew in popularity through its success. Over the following years, Jay would release a few sings and collaborations while teasing at a debut album. Although the album never released and he was without a music label for some time, he still managed to remain around the music business.
He dated Erykah Badu for some years and eventually ended up having a child with her but his star-studded friend’s list just starts with his amazing baby’s mother. Jay is also close friends with Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs, who are musical heavyweights. This eventually led to him being signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation in 2010. On top of that, he is a practicing Muslim and a prominent figure in the Nation of Islam.
Jay Electronica has always been a rap unicorn. He’s a man who rarely drops music but when he does, his features make his skills so much more apparent. His hype was built up over the years by artists of extraordinary talent giving him his props and also begging him to release music.
Last Friday they got their wish when he dropped his long-awaited debut album “A Written Testimony.” The album includes features by The Dream, Travis Scott, and quite a few appearances by Jay- Z. The songs were produced by legendary producer The Alchemist and Jay Electronica himself. If there’s one thing this album shows, it’s that hip-hop has no age limit because Jay Electronica and Jay- Z are both seasoned rappers who give performances that rival that of any musicians out now. Definitely a must-listen!