Jay-Z Says That Jay Electronica's Debut Is "Really Close"

Jay-Z praises his Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica for his "scary" abilities as a lyricist.

While in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania yesterday to announce the Budweiser “Made in America” festival, Jay-Z sat down with MTV News to discuss the progress on his Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica’s debut album.

During the interview, Hov said that he fully supports Jay Elec and that the album is “really close.” “I love that, I want to support that sort of energy. I want people to be creative and not traditional, not just a single [at] this time, this time [and] this time," he said. "You know, he operates at his own time, but the album is really close.”

He praised the project for its unconventional sound, and explained how his abilities are almost “scary.”

“It's exactly what it should be — it's amazing. Him as a lyricist is almost scary. He's scary good," he continued. "I'm doing something to it that's really untraditional, so we'll see how it works."

Watch the interview below.

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49 Comments

  • Hidden By Leaves

    I had the pleasure of witnessing a rare Jay Electronica live performance at the Roots family picnic a couple summers ago in Philly. He really tore it down, if the heads in the crowd weren't rapping every word they were standing there dumbfounded at the man's skill. This sounds to me like Jay-Z gave him artistic freedom and integrity to craft a classic. His use of the word "untraditional" in regards to his own contribution even suggests an antithesis to his usual formula of money cash hoes I'm the best braggadocio. Those doubting this album need to wake the fuck up.

  • Anonymous

    This mean Hov hasn't finished fucking around with something that was perfectly fine!

  • Anonymous

    there's more chance of detox going diamond

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  • Anonymous

    Killah Priest >>>>>>>> Jay Electronica.

  • Anonymous

    "I'm doing something to it that's really untraditional, so we'll see how it works." ^ translation: We're not going to push a SINGLE, we're going to push the ALBUM. YOU

  • fatboyrule

    So... to sign to Roc Nation, you just need a name that starts with 'Jay'... Or you can take J. Cole's route and abbreviate it to be different.

  • Mike

    Great to hear hopefully Jay-z can earn a spot on it.

  • Mr Obvious

    What Jay-Z is really saying "I havent got Jay Elec to agree to sing on a track with Rihanna yet...Hahahaha Hovito baby!"

  • Anonymous

    The Greg Oden of rap.

    • NOSIR

      THAT'S RIGHT YA'LL Jay Electronica about to bring realness back to the Hip Hop game so all the SHIT! some of ya'll been talk about like Jay Electronica ain't ever coming out and that ROC NATION sucks and shit like that is OVER! because Jay Electronica along with J.Cole and the rest of the ROC NATION Allanice are about to change the game forever yea BITCHESS!!! time to stop sleeping on ROC NATION cause we about to carry on a new era in Hip Hop so YMCMB move over your time on the throne is nearing it's end make way for ROC NATION the realest force in Hip Hop today showing the world what true raps and lyrics are 28 LETTERS FOR U ROC NATION DREAMVILLE GOOD MUSIC

  • Yamz

    The album will be dope, but overpraised like Kendrick Lamar's Section80. Guaranteed!

    • Anonymous

      @alex so you basicall your logic = "if you dont like what i like then you are ignorant." get over yourself bitch.

    • Yamz

      Alex, I liked it, don't get me wrong, but the way the word classic gets thrown around in conjunction to it is weird to me. It's not even been out that long, and it has its faults

    • LOL

      Are you saying Kendrick Lamar lyrics are better than Jay ELectronica? Nigga are you retarded?

    • Alex

      If you're not feeling section.80 then it your obviously to ignorant for this kind and my advice to you would be don't waste your time trying to dig Elect if you can't get k.dot

    • Anonymous

      I don't know who's better lyrically but Kendrick definatly has a better flow and Section 80 was incredible...

    • LOL

      Yea I aint feeling that Section 80 shit....but Jay Electronica on a different level from Kendrick.......He waaaayyyyy better, once you decipher his sh*t

  • guys

    It's kinda crazy, but fans and onlookers and been anticipating this album for so long that unless it's Illmatic, or a modern day classic it will be pointless. It can be a good effort, but if it isn't amazing and worth the wait, I believe his die hard fans will be disappointed

    • Anonymous

      @ Anon...Is that you Jay Elect? Don't get mad fam..Your fan base patience has been tested and your strategy has holes in it...You should know that dropping music sporadically for a fan base that has a lot invested in your musically and emotionally was never going to fly...

    • GetItIn

      @Anonymous Thats the realest shit i ever read IN MY PAC VOICE

    • Anonymous

      AIN'T EVEN HEARD THE MUSIC YET AND TURNING IN THEIR FAN BADGES, Y'ALL SOME TWO-FACED SUCKAS. YO LIFE THAT EMPTY AND MISERABLE U WAKE UP EVERYDAY DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE SOME RAPPER AIN'T DROP NO MUSIC WHEN U WANT IT?

    • bkstylz

      As a Jay Elect die hard fan, I have to agree. If he doesn't come with something extraordinary, I will be extremely disappointed since it took him so damn long to release it. This nigga's worse than Dre.

  • Jonny Quest

    He wants stuff to be "creative and not traditional" yet he's still rapping about money and how great he thinks he is on every other song....This dude is an idiot. Jay Electronia should have signed to Def Jam or something...He doesn't need to be under Camel face...That dude is a grown man. Jay-Z doesn't really do anything for any of his artists careers...He just signs a bunch of people and "claims" who ever is able to get big and sell records on their own. (watch some stan reply to this with some random garbage about his money)

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z gay, Jay electronica gay, the superbowl gay, lil wayne gay, kanye you already know he's gay, chief keef gay, drake fag, baby gay, rick ross gay, meek mill gay, wale garbage and gay, asap rocky really gay, lil boosie needs to stay locked up cause he's gay... is that everyone? oh wait nas gay. I'm out!

  • Anonymous

    That boy living off of child support checks from Andre 3000 and The D.O.C.......lol

  • ha

    Hovy hov doesnt sound too confident in his untraditional means. its not going to be commercially succesful but it might be an incredible album. Jay wont release it until its got a single though.

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