The rap wars are back on. Joe Budden a former rapper and and consistent agitator has taken to his new role as a “journalist” like a fish to water. He gave his official hot take on Jay Electronica’s album A Written Testimony and it was not all favorable.
“I hate this album. Fuck y’all talking bout. I hate it.” Budden continues “As a rapper I’m telling you he got smacked around” (by Jay Z) he said
As you know, it doesn’t become a beef until it his twitter. It did and the sparks flew. A fan of Electronica mentioned that Budden had never dropped a classic and that’s where it started.
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.
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Jay Electronica is probably the most enigmatic and mysterious rappers on the hip-hop landscape. Jay released Act 1: Eternal Sunshine in 2008 a project inspired by the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This ambitious release generated a buzz that would follow Jay from New Orleans to all over the world.
In 2009 in the early days of mp3’s Jay drooped the Just Blaze produced “Exhibit A” and followed it up with “Exhibit C”. Both of the songs were touted as singles for an album that would soon come. It never came.
Lyrically Jay Electronica is a rappers rapper. His mastery of the language and the way he paints pictures leaves people awe inspired. So to hear that his album is officially coming in 40 days and it has a feature from Jay Z is something to look forward to.
Erykah Badu has never been one to be boring. The 48 year-old song writer, singer, performer, visual artist and doula can now add something else to her resume. She will be an incense maker.
According to an interview she did with the British publication 10 Magazine this incense will be made with cut up pieces of her underwear. The product will be known as “Badu Pussy”. She will sell it on her new online store called Badu World Market.
There has always been a mystique surrounding Badu and her “feminine wiles”. There has been a distinct change in character with regards to the men who have been in her life. See Andre 3000, Common and Jay Electronica. There is a very definite “before Badu” and “after Badu” phase.
“There’s an urban legend that my pussy changes men,” she said. “The men that I fall in love with, and fall in love with me, change jobs and lives.”
If you are curious about how the creative process behind this will happen “I took lots of pairs of my panties, cut them up into little pieces and burned them,” she shared. “Even the ash is part of it.” said Badu
I wonder if lighting this incense in closed quarters will hypnotize. We will see. –