Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
A Written Testimony
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Inglume
84
My sincere hope is that as the years go by, Jay Electronica's grand studio album debut will be regarded as a commendable moment in modern hip hop. What I believe such a great album from a skilled rapper represents, ultimately, is that age does not determine your place in rap. In a culture widely dominated by a young generation of aspiring acts, Jay Electronica proved, at the age of 43, that he has the full capability of putting together an innovative, abundant, thoughtful piece of work. And he ... read more
exception
93
Stunning debut from rap's most enigmatic figure of the past decade. Two legends going bar-for-bar on some polished, old school production.
AZIZ
87
Allah is King or Watch the Throne 2, take your pick.

After 10 fucking years of waiting for a Jay Elec album, we finally got it. And it honestly surpassed my expectations. As a muslim who loves the genre of Hip-Hop, I have been waiting for an islamic rap album and I had no idea that Jay-Z and Jay Elec would be the ones to give it to me. This album spoke to me on a level I can't even begin comprehend. Of course, Jay-Z is the true star of her project but Jay Elec is by no means a slouch. Awesome ... read more
MaxSmitty98
72
Holy shit. I have never seen an album live up to the hype like this. I’m speechless.

Edit: I was expecting this to be underwhelming considering how impossible it would be to live up to expectations. However, Jay Electronica has made a damn great album here. Yeah I wasn't expecting to hear Jay-Z on almost every song, but he does a great job of taking the supporting role here and letting Electronica shine.

FAVS:
Ghost of Soulja Slim, The Blinding, The Neverending Story, Shiny Suit Theory, ... read more
Jaronmeister
72
Jay Electronica's first(!) project brings everything to the table that albums like Earl's 'Some Rap Songs' and Mavi's 'Let The Sun Talk' miss for me. It works with these airy and abstract compositions, but instead of trying to rush from one song to the next, one hit of swagger to another, it gives these ephemeral backdrops the space they need to breathe. The album not only oozes creativity, but it offers so much confidence, it's quite unbelievable to think this man has never laid something to ... read more
WhatTheFunk
84
« Jay proved himself. »
And that goes for both Jay Z and Jay E.

Dozens of 'artists' have made their mark on rap with one banger, made the crowds dance during one Billboard 100 hit, then nothing. Not enough consistency. A lot of them have fallen into oblivion after only a few years without an album, but not Jay Electronica. It must be said that the New Orleans MC made a lasting impression on rap, with only a short 15-minute mixtape and an iconic single: "Exhibit C". And if ... read more
Doofly
90
album was so good i had to come back to this website to support it
Collin
75
That goddamn stock sound effect of the kids cheering
Doublez
84
Even if it was difficult for some refractory people to dissociate the true from the false about Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony is not only a lesson in Hip Hop, it's also a reward for our patience, and above all a reminder of the considerable impact it has had on the days we live today.

If you're ever wondering (and if you can afford it, of course) how to get the right elements to make a great album, calling on Jay Z is probably one of the best ideas you'll ever have. We can even ... read more
TreyLikesBands
84
Great

I have no idea who this guy is, but damn does “A Written Testimony” deliver. With soulful, relaxing sampling and instrumentation, and thoughtful bars on top, Jay Electronica comes through with an interestingly catatonic project here.

Color: White
FAV TRACKS: all of them!
LEAST FAV: n/a
zachthesnack
78
Finally
KengojiUltamYT
19
I officially hate Music!

Now Time for a Poem!

I'm Inglume, yeah I'm Inglume
I'm Inglume, yeah I'm Inglume
I'm Inglume, yeah I'm Inglume
I'm Inglume, yeah I'm Inglume
I'm Inglume, yeah I'm Inglume
I'm Inglume, yeah I'm Inglume
I'm Inglume, yeah I'm Inglume
Praise Inglume!
Fuck Jay-Z
Fuck Jay-Z
Fuck Jay-Z
Fuck Jay-Z
Fuck Jay-Z
Fuck Jay-Z
Praise Kanye!
JIK > AWT
JIK > AWT
JIK > AWT
JIK > AWT
JIK > AWT
JIK > AWT
JIK > AWT
JIK > AWT

In Conclusion: This is ... read more
JeremiahMurphy
84
Bro did he seriously just live up to my expectations?
GodspeedYou
83
Worth the hype? mostly. Really really would've preferred a jay elec only album but fuck it, we waited a decade for this.
75
This album will age like fine wine. You have to REALLLY listen to it, understand why he does it, do not skim through it. Anyways this has many facets where production, cadence, etc can be shown lacking. It's a good album though, wish he kept it like Act II or pre-2010 vibes.
N0stalgia
33
I was excited for this album after seeing all of the hype it was garnering but after sitting through it a few times and digesting the whole thing I just can't bring myself to think of this project as anything other than an absolute mess from start to finish. The instrumentals all over this project are completely sloppy, overblown and either way to busy or completely lacking any sort of excitement or life. And neither Jay Electronica nor Jay Z are ever able to redeem this with performances that ... read more
RakkSmells
88
Wow, really enjoyed hearing Jay Z spit over these Madlib-esque beats! Personally, I think he complimented them really well, he really shines over this production

That Jay Electronica guy does some stuff too I guess
max2k
10
There's some abject antisemitism on this album, and that's not surprising, knowing of Jay Electronica's affiliation with Nation of Islam and Lewis Farrakhan. Although the production is excellent, and Jay Z continues to be one of the greatest rappers of all time, I cannot be down with lyrics like:

"And I bet you a Rothschild I get a bang for my dollar. The synagogue of Satan want me to hang by my collar."

There's also a line praising Farrakhan, the founder of the organization Nation ... read more
Plats
97
I've heard of Jay Electronica's name from time to time through hype, but I never really heard his music... up until now. I'll just say that if you were waiting a long time for a Jay Electronica album, "A Written Testimony" will definitely not disappoint. Just for starters, Jay and The Alchemist's production is absolutely fantastic! Sample-based beats are my some of my favorites in the hip-hop genre and this is a great example of it. It's delightfully old-school and perfect for my ... read more
erzathestar
85
Jay Electronica's debut mixtape was released 13 years ago on MySpace (lol) — a single, fifteen-minute track that explored the concept of race and creed relating to the teachings of the Nation of Islam.

Over a decade later, Electronica expands and refines the sound of his debut with a sophomore studio album that treads the same terrain as its predecessor. The result is an intuitive and stimulating project that harmonizes the rapper's beliefs and observations of the Earth, with a ... read more
Blubby
85
THE. WAIT. WAS. WORTH. IT.
grayson
97
I fucking loved this shit oh my god. The production alone is immaculate, half of the time I didn't know what I was bobbing my head to.
MasterCrackfox
85
Honestly, Jay-Z has never been an artist that I totally got into over the years. I have an incredible respect for what he's brought to hip hop with his collected flow and swagger, along with the mountain he has climbed to be the wealthiest musician and fifth richest African-American. I've been researching his career this week for the podcast I host Good Band Bad Band (if you're interested, the episode is Jay-ZZ Top) and have really been realizing how much I've missed out on his creative and ... read more
soundworld
66
"A Written Testimony" is not the Ten Year Album. It's not the solo album that fans have been asking from one of the most talented and mesmerizing MC's of all time - Jay Electronica. Instead, Roc Nation & Jay Z were summoned to give Jay Elec the support to get him on his feet once again, as well as the army & ammo he needed to wage war. Is this the album that fans will treasure & remember Jay Elec for?

Being the titans of the genre; this LP feels like the calm before the ... read more
MickyT
76
The debut album from rap phantom Jay Electronica is a bit of a fractured yet a good album. The fact that this is a Jay Elec and Jay-Z collab album would've been disappointing but after multiple listens I can say that Jay-Z was a fine addition to the album without overshadowing Jay Elec.

While I do find Hova to be a far better performer on here in terms of flows and delivery, I do really enjoy Jay Elec's lyrical consistency with the overarching themes of religion and his presence in the rap ... read more
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