Well, this is one of the most unexpected surprises on 2020. Coincidentally, it’s by the same artist who surprised us earlier in the year, too.
Ten years after signing to Roc Nation, Jay Electronica released his debut album, A Written Testimony. A ten-song outing, the project featured his Roc Nation capo Jay-Z on eight of the tracks (which led to some people considering it a “sequel” to Watch The Throne). It also had people once again asking for what was supposed to be Jay’s true major label debut, Act II: The Patents of Nobility.
Well, some enterprising types decided to leak an (albeit unfinished) version of Act II over the weekend. Eventually, both Jay Electronica and producer Just Blaze (who was reported to play a heavy role in Act II) confirmed that the leak was real (albeit, again, unfinished). “Shiny Suit Theory” with Jay-Z, however, is the only track found on both Act II and A Written Testimony, as the project features the likes of The-Dream, Charlotte Gainsburg, and The Bullits among others. Several other tracks that were actually released are on it as well, most notably “Road to Perdition” and “Letter to Falon.”
please be patient w us, we are working to clear samples and have this up on Tidal asap. Thank You All. 🙏🏿— J A Y E L E C T R O N I C A (@JayElectronica) October 4, 2020
also (i have to say this), thank you to all my day ones who never lost faith. Please forgive me for leaving y’all hanging all this time.— J A Y E L E C T R O N I C A (@JayElectronica) October 4, 2020
Started to make the rounds a few days ago then went full on last night. Just checked a bit of it. It’s not the final version at all but yeah.. it’s real— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) October 4, 2020
So, now, Jay Electronica is currently working on releasing the project legitimately via Tidal (as evidenced by his above tweet). Because the project isn’t officially released, The DopeHouse will not be posting it unless or until it actually is. But we can say, it’s not that difficult to find it on the Internets should you decide to look for it.
Dr. Dre’s Detox, however? Yeah, we don’t know anything about that.
UPDATE: The project is officially out!