Jay Electronica is the mystery man of rap. He allegedly wrote at least part of an album for a slumping Nas, and then went on to sign with Jay-Z for an album that’s at least six years in the making. Just Blaze and ?uestlove both claim it’s been done, but Jay Elec has become like the Hoffa mystery of hip hop music and we have yet to find the body. Until now, when this track “Road To Perdition” surfaced on the interwebs.
Update: The CDQ version’s been released, tweeted by Jay Electronica himself.
Needless to say, anticipation wouldn’t be at such a fever pitch but for the NOLA emcee’s beastly ways on the microphone. His bars are a fortress built of religious metaphors, rhythm and blues, and trippy cosmic fantasies.
The performer, on the other hand, lives on the hush, sometimes popping up for surprise shows in the states or for a Twitter lecture.
The verses do his best talking in “Road To Perdition” where he uses Hov’s ad-libs for his booster pack.
My swag is on 1.21 gigawatts, 10 trillion kilowatts
Hardcore Thriller pop, Michael Jackson, nigga rock
Google me, baby, understand where I’m coming from
My destiny’s to hit a grand slam when my number come
All hail the lyrical, Grand Wizard Imperial
Nigga signed the dotted line with Hov, that’s a miracle
And I ain’t leave the thugs alone
The humble in me will surely inherit the mud we on
And shoot up every club we clone
The flow is too atomic
The poetry’s too Quran-ic, the young prophet Muhammad
Maybe Jay Elec is just getting started with a blitz of unreleased material. That man’s world is so shrouded, we may never know.