Could it be? Jay Electronica announces his debut album

    He says it has a Jay-Z feature, and will be out in about a month’s time.

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    Jay Electronica in 2018. Image: Johnny Nunez/WireImage via Getty Images

    The wait might just be over: Jay Electronica has declared that he will release his debut album in about a month’s time.

    Late last week, Electronica let fly a string of tweets. “Album done,” he began, proceeding to tease a Jay-Z feature by quoting what seems to be a new bar of his: “… my debut album featuring Hov man this is highway robbery.”

    The record was “recorded over 40 days and 40 nights, starting from Dec 26,” he added, and is “releasing in 40 days’ [time].” Electronica concluded with a cryptic tweet that some are taking as the title of the new record: “A Written Testimony.”

    Fans still have good reason to be skeptical, after several false starts by Electronica over the course of the past decade and change. Hip hop heads have awaited a new Electronica project since his 2007 project, Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge). Its follow-up, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), has been anticipated since 2010, when the rapper signed to Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation. Electronica even released a concrete tracklist for the album, but it never materialized.

    This announcement comes after Electronica teased new material in 2019, and said a collaboration with Jay-Z was “possible. Likely.” Last year, Electronica also guested on tracks by Dave East (“No Hoodie (Nothin’ to Lose),” also featuring 070 Phi) and Jay Park (“Twisted Dreams”).

    Stay tuned for more details about Electronica’s new project.