Jay Electronica, i.e. Atlanta's rapper Timothy Thedford, debuted with the
mediocre 16-minute mixtape Act I Eternal Sunshine (2007) when he was
Erykah Badu's boyfriend. They had a child in 2009.
Exhibit C (2009), produced by Justin "Just Blaze" Smith,
is the rap that catapulted among the promises of hip-hop music.
He finally released his debut album at the ripe age of 43:
A Written Testimony (2020), de facto a collaboration with Jay Z.
ambience (like on Ezekiel's Wheel which samples Fripp & Eno)
beats that are so experimental it kind of sounds like the gain was put on way too much (like with Ghost Of Soulja Slim).
He self-produces two of the best numbers,
Ghost Of Soulja Slim (in a classic boom-bap rap style) and
the artful Universal Soldier, and his delivery flows well with the
most inventive instrumental collaborations:
The Blinding, produced by Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean and
Chauncey "Hit-Boy" Hollis,
Neverending Story, produced by the Alchemist.
The long-delayed album Act II The Patents of Nobility (2020) was a massive disappointment: poorly produced, possibly unfinished, and full of garbage.
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