News: Empty Promises? Hov On The Jay Electronica Debut

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay-Z recently provided an update on fans eager to get their hands on Jay Electronica's long-awaited debut album and said the Roc Nation protege's lyrical skills are beyond good.

While Young Hov did not offer up a release date, the rap mogul promised Jay Elect's LP is nearly complete.

"I love that, I want to support that sort of energy. I want people to be creative and not traditional, not just a single [at] this time, this time [and] this time," Jay-Z told MTV News on Monday, when he was in Philadelphia to announce his two-day Made in America music festival. "You know, he operates at his own time, but the album is really close." But Jay-Z assures us that there is an album and that it's pretty damn good, if he does say so himself. "It's exactly what it should be -- it's amazing. Him as a lyricist is almost scary. He's scary good," Jigga gushed. "I'm doing something to it that's really untraditional, so we'll see how it works." (MTV)

Back in March, The Roots' Questlove said Jay was in love with Electronica's LP.

"I told Jay, 'You ain't getting that record until 2015,' and he hit me like, 'I got the record, I got the record,' I'm like, 'You're not releasing that record until 2015.' ... Actually, Jay, Shawn Carter, has the record, listens to it constantly. He says it's his favorite record of 2012. He said it has no single on it though. But it's his favorite record. [Is it on Def Jam?] No, he signed Jay Electronica. He's on Roc Nation. Jay wants a single." (The Champs)

A few weeks prior, Electronica announced his album's completion.

"Dear Believers and Patient Supporters. Thank you for your patience and support. The Album will be turned in Tomorrow evening. The wait ends.," he tweeted March 8th. (Jay Electronica's Twitter)

Last year, Jigga talked about his label's reluctance to rush album releases.

"J. Cole is pretty close, he's coming out in September," Jay told Angie Martinez on August 1st. "He's got a great album. Jay Electronica is working on a great album as well. He's pretty close. Bridget Kelly just released -- her debut song, 'Thinking About Forever' -- For me, if you're gonna come sign to Roc Nation, just realize it's going to take a second. I'm into artists. I'm not really into putting a single out. It takes a minute to build artists. It's just true. You can't come off the street and make a classic. Rarely does that happen. Lauryn Hill was in the business for 700 years before she put out the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She had to go through some things. You have to go through some things." (Hot 97)

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