Are there any other artists – aside from Cole, Jay Electronica and Nicki Minaj – who have more interviews than actual songs or projects?
TC and I disagree as much as we agree, providing a counterbalance that works for keeping coverage and opinions as level as possible. While my counterpart’s maybe-baby is J. Cole, mine happens to be Jay Electronica. It’s not about hate or contempt; it’s more of an arms folded stance, complete with a watchful side-eye. Consider it cautious optimism perhaps because I’m likely to embrace whatever he decides to release an EP or an mixtape. Still, I’m quick to remember the tremendous talents of Blu and the stranglehold he had on Hip-Hop’s attention but never seemed to follow through. While Jay states that he has “a long distance relationship with rap music,” I keep a similar distance from him.
I see and hear Jay Electronica and his music. It’s impressive, engaging and there’s no denying its power. Still, there seems to be more media focus given to a guy who hasn’t actually proven that he can put out a complete project. At least with Cole, we’ve heard a few mixtapes that lend support to the idea that he could be good or even great. Jay Elec? Not so much. Still, I don’t doubt what he’s capable of. I’m just impatiently waiting – like everyone else – to hear it in full bloom.
Until then, the man and the myth continue to grow.