News: Jay Electronica Cools Off Nas' 'Untitled' Controversy: "[He] Never Has & Never Will Need A Ghostwriter"
Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 2:00PM
Roc Nation's Jay Electronica is putting the Nas ghostwriting rumors to rest and denying being the mastermind behind his 2008 Untitled solo album.
Jay Elect stood behind Nasir Jones and denounced the idea "God's Son" would ever need a ghostwriter.
"Nas is one of the Greatest Ever. never has and never will need a ghostwriter. that man's pen and legacy is without question.," Jay Elect tweeted late August 14th. (Jay Electronica's Twitter)
Yesterday, dead prez's stic.man addressed his alleged ghostwriting contributions.
"Dream Hampton. I certainly don't mean to call u a hater. I am just being brought up to speed about your tweet. I heard the "rumors" from other tweets and a few emails from fans. I still haven't read your tweet. So my statement was just being clear on how I felt about the collab. That was a great opportunity for me to work with one of the most influential emcees to my own personal flow and craft. I can't speak on what Jay and Nas collab was cause I wasn't there and that's there business. Both of those cats are awesome lyricists in my opinion. But for me I was just a white belt that answered the call for a session with a master of the craft. And I assisted where it was requested with ideas, beats and some writing. Not because Nas "needed" me lol...Again I was just honored to get the call. Nas new album Life is Good is lyrically magnificent and his skills have always spoken for them self. So that's just my view I respect that folks may field different ways about it. Just clarifying my position. And I referred to it as a "rumor" because obviously no one of the people talking about it were present in the session. So people can sometimes think they know but weren't present so they speak on what they think as opposed to being there. [sic]" (Facebook)
Recent reports suggested Jay-Z may have had Electronica tagged to help pen Nas' LP.
Frank Miller Jr., who runs the website Rappers I Know, has specifically recounted a conversation with Jay Electronica, claiming that Elec was commission by then-Def Jam president Jay-Z to ghostwrite for the storied Queens MC. Miller felt letdown by Electronica's revelation that he specifically penned the track "Queens Get The Money," mirroring the reaction many fans experienced once these accusations started spreading on Twitter on August 13. "The day Jay called me at work to tell me he was ghostwriting for Nas was a hard day for me," he wrote, adding that he was also happy to see the rapper, who is clearly influenced by Nas, rising through the rap world. (RapFix)
Writer dream hampton took to Twitter to claim stic.man and Jay Elect played large roles.
"I think Jay writes what he believes. Nas' "N*gger" album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica @JustAire" (dream hampton's Twitter)
Check out Nas speaking on the ghostwriting accusations below: