Nas Is A ‘Godfather’ Of My Lyrical Style, Jay Electronica Says

'I met him on a humble submission, and he is one of the greatest ever,' Elect tells MTV News, shutting down ghostwriter accusations.

Any successful rapper will tell you that rumors and gossip come with the territory, but some accusations can’t be thrown around too lightly. Earlier this month, hip-hop heads were in an uproar over allegations that Nas used Jay Electronica and Dead Prez’s stic.man as ghostwriters on his 2008 album, Untitled.

But Jay Elect told MTV News those tales are not based in fact. The Roc Nation rapper was in Philadelphia over the Labor Day weekend to perform on the first day of Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival, a step in the process of getting ready for his upcoming album, Patents of Nobility, to drop. After his set, which was punctuated by some bold political statements, Elect told us that the ghostwriting allegations against Nas are false.

“Nas is one of the gods, one of the greatest of all time, one of the godfathers of even my own style,” he said. “I met him on a humble submission and he is one of the greatest ever — he never has or never will need a ghostwriter. He’s legendary, his pen game is unquestionable; salute to Nas.

“And all of the other bullsh–, is just bullsh–,” he added, addressing the stories that have been told over the past few weeks.

Writer Frank William Miller Jr., of the website Rappers I Know, got fans riled up when he recounted old conversations with Jay Electronica, where he said the New Orleans native openly stated that he was writing for Nas near the time Untitled (previously titled N—-r) was being recorded. Angry fans reached out to veteran writer Dream Hampton on the matter, and she went on to reply, “I think Jay writes what he believes. Nas’ N—-r album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica.”

That tweet only intensified the debate on Twitter, but Stic immediately took to his Facebook to explain that his work with Nas on Untitled was simply a “collaboration.” “My contributions to his album was a collaboration and an honor and under his direction of what he wanted to convey and say,” stic.man wrote, with Jay Electronica also jumping in to defend Nas on Twitter.

On Saturday, Electronica was dismissive of the allegations and it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll change his stance.

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