Jay Electronica - "My World (Nas Salute)"
As with any artistry, it takes a village to raise a truly unique rapper. At the foundation of Jay Electronica's music lies three critical pillars of influence — Killah Priest's signature theological imagery, MF Doom's savvy mystique, and Nas' effortless balance of swagger and technical prowess. The latter is perhaps most crucial to Jay's success, as without an engaging presentation his vague life narrative and esoteric messages would never have resonated so strongly with fans and critics. 'My World' pays homage to Godson, but is essentially a culmination of the aforementioned elements. This three cornered room is Jay's comfort zone, where he can play the morally solvent street-wise recluse on a quest to save the world of rap music.
Unfortunately, somewhere between resurrecting Christopher Wallace and signing to the corpse of Shawn Carter, he's inexplicably managed to squander nearly all the good will amassed during his short lived reign as the People's Champ. At this point, anything short of excessive cowbell will ultimately be remembered as underwhelming. According to Jay Electronica, the long awaited Act II has finally been submitted Roc Nation. Only time will tell if this marks the return of the Black Kings, or merely the last leg of a long running cruel joke. But assuming there's an inkling of truth to the announcement, this will be our first introduction to Jay's major label incarnation. Let's just hope he remembers the parameters of his proverbial sweet spot.