July 30, 2012


Jay Electronica Releases Track List for Roc Nation Debut

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

Jay-Z's Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica (Jay squared!) appears to be coming down the final stretch of the album he said was finished a whole year ago and has been reportedly in the works for years. Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) will mark the 35-year-old rapper's first major label release.

Here's some of what we're working with, per Electronica's Twitter: Two Kanye West features ("New Illuminati" and "Rough Love"), two tracks alongside his label boss Hova ("Road to Perdition," "Dinner at Tiffany's [The Shiny Suit Theory]," which'll also feature The-Dream and, interestingly, Charlotte Gainsbourg), the Diddy-guesting "Welcome to Knightsbridge," and an opener titled "Real Magic," followed by the mysterious tag "ft. Ronald Reagan." In the iTunes screenshot Jay shared all this info through, there's also a song titled "Life on Mars" with a conspicuous "@FatBabyBella" after it, which is the Twitter handle of one Erykah Badu. Jay has a 3-year-old daughter, Mars Merkaba Thedford, with Badu, so is that one a dedication, a Badu feature, just a part of the title...?

And if you want to know why everyone in hip hop wants to work with Jay, here's 2009's "Exhibit C," which you will now listen to on repeat the whole day.