Let’s quickly get the obligatory album question out of the way, because his response to that was, simply, “You know we’re always expecting an album sometime soon, but anybody that knows Jay Electronica knows that that’s the wrong question to be asking.”
Now, on to more important things, like his thoughts on artists like Kanye West, Drake, Young Thug and Big Sean.
“Kanye’s a black God, and we love him,”Jay Elect said. “Kanye’s a beautiful brother. We gotta be careful about anything we hear. We all got our faults and character defects. Kanye, as far as I know, is a beautiful human being. Very beautiful brother physically and spiritually.”
Big Sean also got a tremendous amount of love from him.
“He’s one of the best out. He gets busy. And to be quite honest, a lot of Drake’s earlier stuff was based on Big Sean’s style,” he said. “I always felt like he took his style and ran with it. That’s Big Sean all the way. No shots against Drake, because I’d be a liar if I said I don’t like Drake. I know his music and songs too, that’s our brother too, we love him too.”
Even when he admitted that he doesn’t find most contemporary rap to be as potent as it once was, he still ended that on a positive note.
“Yes, it is dumbed down hip-hop. It’s not what I grew up on, but I would be a bold-faced liar if I said I didn’t listen to some Fetty Wap and Drake,” he explained.
“I know the lyrics to 'I’m in love with the CoCo' and all that. Rap is poetry, and we come from the era of Rakim and Nas. That side of me can critique a Young Thug and these new types of people. At the same time, it’s young black people using what they have to come up out of an environment they’re in to better their lives and their loved ones.”