The myth of Jay Electronica has long outweighed the music—in part because there was so little of it. And so with time, the myth grew. What was real and what was fiction began to blur, and what was real mattered less than what was interesting. The wait for his debut album has been so long that it became more of an ancient prophecy than a movable release date. But the album, A Written Testimony , has finally materialized. It is a mystical, distinctive work that nearly lives up to all the lore surrounding the rapper. First and foremost, it is a prayerful offering that expresses the many spiritual and communal virtues he has internalized. Like Dr. Dre scrapped the expectation-bogged Detox for Compton , Jay Elec mostly starts fresh here. An album called Act II: Patients Of Nobility The Turn had been in the offing since , but a sequel three presidential terms in the making carries too much baggage.
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What is it with rappers and anti-Semitic rants on Twitter? The New Orleans rapper, 43, attacked a rabbi who was interviewed earlier this month by American television host Nick Cannon on his YouTube channel. Kate Rothschild, 38, pictured left with Jay Electronica in and right, at The Roundhouse in London, finds herself embroiled in a new storm thanks to her ex-boyfriend. Ask him does he stand behind the vile teachings of the [sacred Jewish text] Talmud? He then went on to recommend anti-Semitic passages from the Bible to his , followers. Kate, 38, has been conspicuous in her silence over the comments.
Timothy Elpadaro Thedford; September 19, , known professionally as Jay Electronica , is an American rapper, and record producer who first received widespread attention after the release of his debut mixtape, Act I: Eternal Sunshine The Pledge , in , and was signed to Jay-Z 's record label Roc Nation in His debut studio album, A Written Testimony , was released in after years of speculation and delay. He grew up in the Magnolia Projects in New Orleans and attended the all-boys parochial high school St. Augustine High School and was a part of the famed Marching band where he played multiple instruments. Electronica was struck by "all the now hiring signs because of the Olympics ," there he accepted the teachings of Elijah Muhammad via the Five-Percent Nation before moving on to becoming a registered member of the Nation of Islam at its headquarters in Chicago. It was downloaded over 50, times. E , Saigon , Joell Ortiz and others. A bidding war ensued with Jay finally signing November 12, with Roc Nation. Though fans and critics anticipated a full-length debut, Electronica's output in the subsequent decade consisted of several collaborations and non-album solo songs. On February 7, , Jay Electronica announced via Twitter  the completion of his album, A Written Testimony , which was recorded over a day period.