We haven’t had new Jigga music in, I don’t even know how long. Too long to keep track. The closest we got in 2015 alone was a new verse he spit at the B-Sides concert back in May. May! Rumors of a joint album with Beyoncé have died down (mostly because DJ Skee was the only one perpetrating them). But Detail definitely said he’s been in the studio with them. Swizz Beatz posted a gram of him playing new beats straight off the iPhone for Hov a few months ago. ThenLenny S posted a picture of Jay and Swizz meeting at the Roc Nation offices last week. And now we have a curiously worded tweet from Jay Electronica, master of toying with a fanbase’s emotions, that suggests Jay is indeed sitting on some new 16s.
For all I know, Jay just rapped “Hova Song” on the phone and Elect means that’s become a new favorite. The point is, as a proud Jaÿ-Z stan since ’98, I need new music, fam. Lowkey Magna Carta Holy Grail is a solid B album imo, but it wasn’t well-received enough for the Big Homie to retire on. He needs another undisputable banger of a Long Player before he can truly hang it up and join the PTA for Blue Ivy. Sure, the game’s doing just fine with him on sabbatical, but I have a feeling the GOAT still has a couple more years of producing worthy, great music left in him. I need at least one new album, with a Pain in da Ass intro and at least one Beanie Sigel feature. Is that too much to ask?