VERGE LOVES: JAY ELECTRONICA – “A WRITTEN TESTIMONY”

Image credits belong to Roc Nation/ Universal Music Group

The long-awaited album “A Written Testimony” is finally here after ten years of anticipation! For all you hip-hop fanatics, you’ll know the Roc Nation rapper released his first batch of songs, “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit C”, back in 2009 and since then fans all over the world have been waiting for Electronica’s first studio album. There were many rumors as to why the album took all this time to surface, but regardless of the politics we’re extremely happy to have a ten-track distraction from our ‘work from home’ and ‘self-quarantine’ hell.

On 7th February, Jay Electronica took to Twitter to announce that the album was completed over 40 days and will be released on 13th March. He also hinted that it would feature a fair amount of Jay-Z collaborations and we can confirm it is almost a collaboration album between the two. A few images had surfaced on social media of Hov and Electronica in deep conversation and some studio shots which perfectly summarise that companionship and musical synergy this album embodies. With the only two other features on the album including Travis Scott and The Dream, you can say this album was kept very much behind closed doors. Key conversation topics are addressed within the lyrics of this album, especially Jay-Z addressing the debate on him joining forces with the NFL.

Production credits on this album are also quite small as the majority of the tracks were produced by Jay Electronica himself with a couple having production from NO I.D., Hit Boy and Swizz Beatz. Even though album listening parties were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no stopping the hype of the album’s release via social media and radio stations. With creativity going into each and every aspect of the album, from the beats to the rhymes, we wouldn’t expect anything less than Beyonce to have created the album art. Because she did, that actually happened.

We’re not a fan of spoiler alerts here at Verge, but we do encourage you to have a listen to this project as it is nothing short of a critically acclaimed masterpiece, and this is us being unbiased. However, we can share that track two, three and six particularly stood out to us… but we’ll let you discover why on your own!

Enjoy some great music whilst fitting on your mask and washing your hands for twenty seconds every ten minutes…