Quite the buzz last on Twitter when Frank Miller Jr., who runs Rappers I Know, recalled a conversation with Jay Electronica claiming that Electronica ghostwrote for Nas’ 2008 album Untitled. As a life-long Nas fan up to that point, he felt let down by such a revelation that the Queens MC – didn’t even write Queen Get The Money. Well, in an interview with Power 106 last week on Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Nas responds to those allegations with an emphatic “No.”
According to RapFix:
Veteran journalist Dream Hampton, who carries much fan trust in the rap world, echoed the allegations and said Jay Electronica was a reliable source and that she had personally heard reference tapes for six of the album’s songs. “I think Jay writes what he believes,” she wrote. “Nas’ N—-r album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica.”
It’s essentially all up to Jay Electronica now. While Nas has said he doesn’t use a ghostwriter, it definitely doesn’t help his career being accused of these allegations – especially with his latest album Life Is Good already out.
Any real allegations of Nas, who has topped many top lyricists lists, who has put out a classic album in his debut album Illmatic and an incredibly strong effort in his last album Life Is Good. Personally, the way I see it is that Jay Electronica may have played a part in writing songs – but I can’t see him writing completely for Nas. Sort of how Rhymefest has been publicly credited for his work in writing Kanye West’s Jesus Walks. Would definitely like to hear from Jay Electronica about the whole matter, but any real follower of the rapper knows that’s easier said than done.
UPDATED w/ Jay Electronica’s response:
Nas is one of the Greatest Ever. never has and never will need a ghostwriter. that man’s pen and legacy is without question.
— ℒℴѵℯJay ELECTRONICA (@JayElectronica) August 15, 2012