Nas’ fans are reeling from reports that the Illmatic emcee’s 2008 album, Untitled, may have been ghostwritten by his fellow rapper Jay Electronica. Details are scarce, but the news broke after a post on Frank Williams’ site ‘Rappers I Know’ where the former Hot 97 employee alleges Nas had a helping hand in the booth.
The day Jay called me at work to tell me he was ghostwriting for Nas was a hard day for me. On one hand, I was happy that a friend of mine that seemingly no one cared an iota for a year or two prior was quickly ascending through the ranks of hip hop as a voice to pay attention to and a career in the making to watch. Earlier that summer we’d posted and artworked Act I and word was quickly spreading that he was a one to watch. Not too long after began that yearly teasing at Christmastime that Act II: The Pledge would be dropping for free as a download that would surely overload my server and shut down my site from traffic. It’s 2013 and we’re still waiting.
The ‘Jay’ that Williams is referring to is not Jay-Z but Roc Nation artist Jay Electronica. Electronica, who has a child with R&B singer Erykah Badu, hasn’t spoken out on the article, but journalist Dream Hampton tweeted about the statement and confirmed that Jay Electronica was involved with Untitled in some capacity.
Nas’ camp hasn’t released an official response to confirm or deny this statement, but if true, does this change your thoughts about his abilities as a rapper? Let us know what you think below.