According to the Roots’ own Questlove, the only thing holding back Jay Electronica’s debut album is a single. During an interview on The Champs podcast, Questlove said that Jay-Z has the album in hand but it lacks a single.
“Actually Jay, Shawn Carter, has the record and listens to it constantly says its his favorite record of 2012,” said Questlove. “He said it has no singles on it, though, but it’s his favorite record.”
Electronica signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint in 2010 after the success of his song “Exhibit C” and the critical acclaim for the New Orleans’ rapper’s unique sound and wordplay.
“They call me Jay Electronica / Fuck that/ Call me Jay ElecHannukah / Jay ElecYarmulke / Jay ElecTramadaan Muhammad Asalaamica/ RasoulAllah Supana Watallah through your monitor,” Jay Elec raps on a popular line from Exhibit C that shows his lyrical ability.
Since then many have wondered if his debut album, tentatively titled Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), would see the light of the day. The rapper tweeted in July 2011 that the album was complete but months went by with no release date.
Then on March 8, Electronica took to Twitter again and wrote that the album was finished, once again.
“Thank you for your patience and support. The Album will be turned in tomorrow evening. The wait ends,” he tweeted.
At this point, it sounds like Hova has the final word, and no single from the lablehead probably means the set is not complete yet.—Nicholas Sella @NickSella