The wait is really over. Roc Nation’s Jay Electronica has finally come through with his long-awaited and highly-anticipated A Written Testimony album.
After years of waiting, Jay Elect came through Thursday night with an initial online listening party and then full release. The project premiered across streaming platform TIDAL.
Well, technically 35 days later, the album is here, although the rollout hasn’t gone exactly according to plan. The listening party for A Written Testimony was canceled due to coronavirus, so the album was livestreamed, which provided its own set of issues. Technical difficulties aside, A Written Testimony is here and features James Blake, Travis Scott, Khruangbin, The-Dream, and so much Jay-Z you’ll wonder if Kanye is sitting on his ranch in Wyoming, jealous of the bond between Jays Z and Electronica. (Vulture)
The project comes over 10 years since Jay entered the mainstream music biz spotlight. In 2010, Electronica officially teamed up with music mogul JAY-Z‘s Roc Nation.
A debut studio album from Jay Electronica has been anticipated ever since he emerged with his 2007 mixtape ‘Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)’, and has been promised since he signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation in November 2010. (NME)
Wait, There’s More
During a livestream of the album, Jay Elect proved his album has a heavy JAY-Z presence. Young Hov is featured on multiple records including the album intro.
After a brief, string-filled introduction, the first voice on the album — based on the order it was played on the livestream — wasn’t Jay Electronica’s, but Jay Z’s. He was also on the second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, and 10th songs. The rumors that it was a joint album weren’t strictly correct — but it’s close. “The most patient man alive,” Electronica said, describing his mentor. “I’m serious,” he insisted, after the room began laughing. (Rolling Stone)
Before You Go
On Thursday, Jay Elect went to Instagram to share a big reveal. The Roc Nation artist unveiled the highly-anticipated album tracklisting.