Jay Electronica has been one of the more polarising figures in hip-hop over the years, though not because of music or anything like that – the opposite, in fact. His silence has spoken very, very loudly.
Today marks the release of a new long-awaited new solo track, Letter to Falon. It’s yet another standalone single that’ll hopefully end up on the mysterious debut album we’ve been waiting at least a decade to hear.
It’s actually remarkable that once artist can promise something for so long, to no effect, and still maintain a loyal fanbase. That said, when your last single was so unbelievably good it’s been considered the greatest conscious rap song of all time, people will nevertheless keep paying attention for years to come.
Jay has guested on quite a few songs over the years, by artists including Rapsody, Royce Da 5’9, Mac Miller, and of course Big Sean‘s Control, alongside Kendrick Lamar. Last year he also appeared on How Great from Chance the Rapper‘s Colouring Book, and Garden by Emeli Sande.
In 2012, a track list was revealed for Jay’s supposed album, Act II: The Patents of Nobility. A Letter To Falon was listed then as the ninth track on the album. About half the album’s tracks have since been released or leaked in one way or another.
Perhaps Jay Electronica season is finally approaching.
The track has been released exclusively via Tidal. Listen below: