It hasn’t been a week and already, people are drawing lines in the sand regarding opinions and reactions to the release of Jay Electronica‘s debut studio album, A Written Testimony. There has been plenty of critiques from places high and low, with Electronica responding to the commentary made by Joe Budden and his podcast cohosts over the weekend.
In episode 330 of The Joe Budden Podcast, Budden began his critique with his usual “leading with love” stance before handing the floor over to his cohosts Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay. The entire podcast team largely agreed that the album shouldn’t be classified as a proper debut due to JAY-Z’s noticeable presence across A Written Testimony.
Amid the jokes and discussion, the crew break down the release and didn’t so much pan the project but made sure to continually note how JAY-Z shined across his appearances across the record. Mal and off-camera but on-mic cohost Parks Vallely both seemed to enjoy the album’s creative aims but the consensus was there was too much Hov for this to be a proper “De-Butt” (listen to the podcast to get that reference).
Via Twitter, Jay Electronica tagged Rory in a tweet string with folks blasting Budden for trying to come at Electronica, noting that the now-retired rapper has never released a classic body of work. Budden took notice of it and told Jay Elec that he should have tagged him. In response, Jay Elec ended his portion the mild mock-meat beef by saying “i never heard your albums bro. may Allah bless your career as a journalist.”
Budden, who didn’t let that jab go, ended his side of the talk with, “I took you off yours & it’s a Hov mixtape now… Peace be unto you as well King.”
Since this little kerfluffle, fans have had a gang of commentary regarding Budden’s pen, which is very strong if we may say, in comparison to the formidable gifts of Jay Electronica. Check out the responses and such below.
Joe Budden hasn’t dropped a classic in his life and he’s critiquing Jay Electronica and Hov? pic.twitter.com/8whpkW3c4u— 4EverShook (@4Evashook) March 14, 2020
Some indisputable facts:— austin williams (@austinxwill) March 17, 2020
Hov out-rapped Jay Electronica throughout much if not all of that album.
Joe Budden stopped rapping because no one found him interesting until he started yelling at Rory, Mal, Akademiks etc.
Electronica has never not been interesting.
The JBP is good.
Everybody dragging Joe Budden about having 1 hit, but it's one more hit than Jay Electronica has. pic.twitter.com/mWkBbRYATx— Truth Hurts (@GiselleViviane) March 17, 2020
Jay Electronica Album > anything Joe Budden has ever made ...niggas crazy— ART23 (@ARTxxiii) March 17, 2020
How joe budden going to do jay electronica on His podcast tomorrow https://t.co/4Amhw2MEi3— John (@iam_johnw) March 17, 2020
A Jay Electronica album and Joe Budden's criticism of that album are at the center of rap discourse today.— Yoh31 (@Yoh31) March 17, 2020
I can't stress this enough, what a time to be alive.
Joe Budden: I was a lil disappointed with Jay Electronica album— Brooklyn (@BrooklynBoyB) March 17, 2020
Jay Electronica: I never heard of you ✌🏽
Internet immediately produce receipts: pic.twitter.com/v9PjOslKH9
This how Joe Budden gon be on the podcast talking about Jay Electronica tomorrow pic.twitter.com/HOBrnljp6l— VISIONARY THE GOAT (@visionaryj920) March 17, 2020
Yo bars twitter... does joe budden rap better than jay electronica?— TP (@OGxTP) March 17, 2020
Jay Electronica really tryna roast Joe Budden like like it didn’t take him 15 years to make a album that wasn’t really his album 😂😂😂— E The Vision🦈⚡️🏁 (@ericjvmes_) March 17, 2020
Prime Joe Budden couldn’t hold Jay Electronica jockstrap— UNCLE HOTEP 🏁 (@UncleHotep) March 16, 2020
I get the critcism from guys like Joe Budden saying they can't call Jay Electronica's debut album a proper debut becuase it feature Jay-Z. But the beauty about Electrionica is he does not play conventionally and just plays by his own rules.— HH 🇳🇬 (@havehopehut) March 15, 2020
We need more unique voices.
Listen, I liked a couple of songs on the Jay Electronica album but no way in hell do I think he created anything better than Joe Budden.— Mercedez (@MercedezUAZ2) March 17, 2020
What has Jay Electronica done to warrant such arrogance?
Lol Jay Electronica Album was Hard But We Not Gone Act Like Joe Budden Pen Game Weak... pic.twitter.com/WG4gD28xbu— ヤギ (@ZekeDaFreak_7) March 17, 2020