Since releasing Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) on MySpace in 2007, fans have been waiting for Jay Electronica to roll out his highly anticipated Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) for almost a decade.
The Roc Nation signee has steadily appeared as a featured guest on rap tracks while dropping a few songs of his own, including PRhyme’s 2014 song “To Me, To You” and 2014’s “We Made It” freestyle featuring Jay Z. As one of hip-hop’s most mysterious artists, fans and casual listeners alike can anticipate an Electronica lyrical adventure every few months.
Here are the verses he’s dropped in 2016 so far.
Emeli Sandé, “Garden” – Long Live the Angels (November 2016)
Over hypnotizing production, Electronica is featured on the single off Sande’s sophomore studio effort due Nov. 11.
Chance The Rapper, “How Great” – Coloring Book (May 2016)
Jay E joins Chance the Rapper on his critically acclaimed set Coloring Book for this #blessed album cut. Last month, the Chicago rapper released an official video filmed entirely on an iPhone, co-starring The Lights and his cousin, Nicole.
Jay Electronica and Metasota – #RIPPhife Freestyle at Minneapolis show (April 2016)
Electronica paid tribute to late A Tribe Called Quest MC Phife Dawg in an impromptu freestyle onstage at a Minneapolis show in April.
Just Blaze, “Exhibit G” – DJCity MikiDz show (March 2016)
Over a two hour-long DJ set from the prolific producer in March, Just Blaze served up unreleased Jay Z as well as a never-before-heard track from Jay Electronica dubbed “Exhibit G.”
“The Curse of Mayweather” (February 2016)
In February, the New Orleans MC released the diss song against 50 Cent on Soundcloud after hosting a Periscope session where he said the Queens rhymer was on “some sucker shit” and threatened to “slap 50 Cent’s eyeballs loose out his scalp.” 50 retorted in a response to an Instagram user, who asked about Electronica, “who is that? I don’t even know a song from him. LMAO.”