Jay Electronica ends the suspense, delivers ‘A Written Testimony’ after 10 years; See how many stars it gets

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After 10 years of anticipation Jay Electronica has finally released his debut album, A Written Testimony. The project is touted as his first solo effort, however rap icon JAY-Z joins Electronica on nearly every song. Having your label boss who happens to be one of the worlds best rappers on your album has to be a cheat code. It really doesn’t matter because the chemistry between Electronica and Jay is unforced and natural. 

The bulk of the album was produced by Electronica. The minimalist approach Electronica takes fits his delivery and allows his poetic cadence to shine. The other producers included on the release are No I.D., Alchemist, Swizz Beatz, AraabMUZIK, Alchemist, Khruangbin, G. Ry and Hit-Boy

Electronica went into seclusion after signing with Roc Nation in 2010. The anticipation for his album was high but soon took the road of Dr. Dre’s Detox, meaning it probably was never coming. On February 7, 2020 Electronica announced on twitter that his album was finally coming and it would be out “in 40 days”. The anticipation was reset and Jay Electronica’s legend was resurrected. 

Lyrically Electronica is as sharp as ever. He explains why it took so long for his debut to come on “Ezekiel’s Wheel” “Sometimes I was held down by the gravity of my pen/Sometimes I was held down by the gravity of my sin/Sometimes like Santiago, in crucial parts of my novel/The only logical option was to transform into the wind” 

His verses serves as a look inside the mind of a recluse. The words appear as the spirit of an author who has penned a memoir sharing his most personal thoughts. 

The JAY-Z we hear on this album is the one who once rapped on his album Kingdom Come “Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense (But I did five Mil)I ain’t been rhyming like Common since”

JAY-Z is a certified billionaire and we get revolutionary JAY on this project. On “The Ghost Of Soulja Slim” JAY-Z raps “Now here’s some jewelry/No civilization is conquered from the outside/Until it destroys itself from within, pen/Put a pin in that/We’ll come back when I fin/You can’t talk how I talk/‘Cause you ain’t been where I been,Young”

A Written Testimony comes to us as the world struggles with the corona virus pandemic and the United States in the grips of a national emergency. Electronica encapsulates the moment perfectly in one line. “What a time we living in/Just like the scripture says/Earthquakes, fires and plagues, the resurrection of the dead” he raps. 

Stand out tracks are “Ghost of Soulja Slim”, “The Neverending Story”, “Ezekiel’s Wheel (feat The Dream) and “A.P.I.D.T.A.”

A Written Testimony is clearly classic material. The only thing that would have added to this project is more Jay electronica. For that reason it gets 4 and a half stars.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

What do you think of A Written Testimony? Was it worth the wait. Share in the comments. Listen to A Written Testimony below.

March Madness more like March Fanless – Coronavirus is to blame

NCAA president Mark Emmert issued an official statement Wednesday regarding fan participation at this year’s tournament. Essential personnel and limited family members are the only ones allowed at the games.

In effect the tournament will not consist of any fans. This is the first time in the tournaments 81 year history that something like this has happened.

“ we recommend against sporting events open to the public. We do believe sport events can take place with only essential personnel and limited family attendance, and this protects the players, employees, and fans.” said Emmert.

Will you watch the tournament this year? Are you concerned? Please share in the comments below.

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A word from Cardi B about Coronavirus

Cardi B (photo source: twitter)

When this coronavirus pandemic hit the first thing that I thought about was…”I wonder what Cardi B thinks about this?” I don’t have to wait any longer.

Cardi took to social media and joined in on the hysteria. She eloquently provided some great insight on the import and export businesses and even shared that she was a tad bit fearful.

It’s great to know Cardi is in tune and I know we all look forward to more of her commentary on world issues.

Are you worried about coronavirus? Did Cardi help? Share in the comments below.

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Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison

The disgraced Hollywood producer and mogul has been sentenced to 23 years in a New York state prison after being convicted on felony sex crimes.

The #Metoo movement has proven itself extremely effective as Weinstein is the latest in the string of sex offenders in powerful positions who have had their feet held to the fire and have been held accountable.

Two of Weinstiens accusers gave statements before the sentencing.

“He violated my trust and my body and my personal right to deny sexual advances,” said Miriam Haley

Haley testified that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2006.

Weinstein also gave a statement.

“I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart. I’m really trying, I’m really trying to be a better person.” he said.

Weinstein, 67-years-old will be spending the rest of his life in prison.

Do you agree with this sentencing? Who is next? Share in the comments below.

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Eminem -‘Godzilla’ ft Juice Wrld – NEW VIDEO!!

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Say what you want but rap and Hip-Hop would not be the same without Eminem. His skill level is amazing and he embraces the culture.

His new video for “Godzilla” is a creative venture and features the late Juice Wrld on the chorus. I’m going to spend less time explaining this and just let you watch it. Check out the video below.

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Dwayne Wade’s daughter Zaya makes her official debut on the red carpet

Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union shared a big reveal of sorts.. Dwayne Wades 12-year-old daughter Zaya made her first appearance on the red carpet since coming out as transgender in February of this year. The big reveal was held on March 8, 2020 at Truth Awards in Los Angeles.

Retired NBA star Dwayne Wade shared his daughters gender identity during an interview on The Ellen Show this past February. Wade explained how his then son Zion came home and wanted to talk to his family. “Zion, born as a boy, came home and said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I am ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as ‘she’ and ‘her.’ I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.'”

Since that announcement many have come forward with their opinions. Rapper Lil Boosie was one of the most vocal making the error in thinking Zaya was having gender reassignment surgery “Don’t cut his d–k off bru. If he gone be gay let him be gay, but don’t cut his dick off bruh and don’t address him as a woman dawg” said Boosie

Gabrielle Union shared a video on instagram with a heartfelt caption. “”We keep moving forward. We keep leading with love, light, and hope for a better more inclusive world. Stay put and stay mad if you want. We keep it pushing. Always.”

The Better Brothers Truth Awards ceremony is an opportunity for the Black LGBTQ+ community to be highlighted for the work they are doing in the community.

How do you feel about this? Should Wade be encouraging this? Would you? Please share in the comments.

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Jessie Jackson says Native Americans are the lowest on the totem pole – endorses Sanders for president

Civil Rights activist and Operation Push founder Jessie Jackson let his voice be known today by endorsing Bernie Sanders for president of the United Sanders Jacksons endorsement of Sanders comes the day after a rally held for the presidential candidate at Grant Park in Chicago. Sanders rally drew about fifteen thousand supporters.

“With the exception of Native Americans, African Americans are the people who are most behind socially and economically in the United States and our needs are not moderate,” Jackson said in a statement the Sanders campaign released Sunday morning. “A people far behind cannot catch up choosing the most moderate path. The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path. That’s why I choose to endorse him today.” said Jackson

Jacksons endorsement does not come without requests. Jackson mentioned that Sanders committed to 13 different issues that he would consider. Sanders has committed to appointing a Black Woman to the Supreme Court and adding more Black women to the democratic ticket this fall. These commitments also include free tuition at public colleges and universities.

Sanders announced the endorsement on ABC’s This Week after George Stephonapoulos pointed out Biden’s wins and the overwhelming support he is getting from the democratic candidates who dropped out of the race.

“It’s no secret, George. You know politics in this country. We’re not going to get the most support of elected leaders, not most governors, not most senators,” Sanders responded. “But we are winning the support of grassroots America because we have an agenda that speaks to working people.” 

Jackson has “been a leader in helping to transform this country, an aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so we’re proud,” Sanders said.

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Da Baby smacks fire from a woman – Black twitter reacts

Da Baby decided to observe International Women’s day by hauling off and slapping a female fan in a club. A video circulating social media shows Da Baby leaving a packed club. On his way out a fan is seen extending a phone towards him with the flash on. The phone appears to touch his face. Da Baby’s immediate reaction was to slap the woman with vicious force and keep walking out the club as if nothing happened.

You can hear the woman scream in the background. You can also hear another woman say ” He slapped the f–k outta her.”

Twitter has a lot to say about this latest violent episode with Da Baby and opinions vary.

Da Baby recently had charges dropped against him in Miami. He was accused of beating up and robbing a concert promoter. He no stranger to violence. In 2018 the North Carolina rapper shot and killed a man inside of a Walmart while DA Baby was shopping with his family. 19-year-old Jalyn Domonique Craig was killed in the altercation. All charges against Da Baby were dropped.

Another violent situation Da Baby was inviolved in surfaced in 2019. An online troll approached Da Baby in a mall taunting him and ended up on the short end of the stick,

We have yet to see how this most recent altercation will pan out. However; it seems as if violence finds this young man wherever her goes. Maybe it’s time for him to chill on the tour dates for a while.

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Jadakiss remembers and honors Icepick Jay on ‘Ignatius’

Ignatius artwork (Photo source: instagram @jadakiss)

The inspiration behind Jadakiss’s fifth solo album Ignatius is an emotional one. He created this project to honor his close friend and colleague Ignatius “Icepick Jay” Jackson who passed away in 2017 due to colon cancer. Jackson was instrumental in Jada’s career as well as others such as Eve and Swizz Beatz. Jada created this album as an opportunity to speak his last words to his close friend, his brother. 

Ignatius is not the grimy sound many may be looking for. This project is more polished and feels more like something you can ride to rather than ride out to. “Me” is the closest one will get to hearing early 2000 Jada and even then he laments on his friend. “I’m in a group meeting they took Pick from us now it’s just Louch, P and (ME)” That particular song is nostalgic because he raps around the sample and uses it as base of his delivery.

In an interview with The Breakfast Club Jada points to why Ignatius sounds the way it does. “I tried to do a lot of the features that he (Icepick Jay) would always be in my ear (about)” Because of that this 13 track venture features Pusha T, John Legend, Rick Ross, Dej Loaf and Ty Dolla $ign.

Stand out tracks are “Me”, “(NYB) Need Your Best” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Kisses to the Sky”featuring Rick Ross and Emanny” “Huntin Season” featuring Pusha T and “Keep it 100”

In 2020 it’s great to hear and inspired and sharp Jada. Ignatius is a solid project. The live instrumentation that was done in post production makes for something more mature and musical.

What do you think of Ignatius? Does Jadakiss still have it? What’s your favorite song? How would you rate this project? Share in the comments below.

Listen to Ignatius below.

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