Jay Electronica’s recent performance at the The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival resonated throughout the hip-hop underground. It was a rare performance by Jay Electyarmulke who has been making his presence more known in recent months. Electronica went on a little hiatus after signing with Jay Z’s RocNation label, even carrying on an affair with a married member of the powerful Rothschild clan. Though not quite on the mainstream radar, Jay Elect has a cult following on the underground who is happy with the material and appearances he’s made as of late.
The performance at the Brooklyn Hip Hop festival turned a lot of heads with guest appearances, most notably by Jay Z who put his infamous Five Percent Nation chain around Electronica’s neck during his homecoming. Another point of interest was Electronica’s stage attire, a military-style, Fruit of Islam uniform. He was also flanked by an FOI security detail. This upset some in the Nation of Islam community who feel that he acted irresponsibly by using unsavory language while wearing the FOI uniform. Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the NOI came to Electronica’s defense in a letter published in the Nation’s, Final Call newspaper.
Farrakhan wrote, “I understand that some criticized Brother Jay Electronica’s use of profanity while wearing the uniform of the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) of The Nation of Islam. I humbly and respectfully ask: Has any of us who have accepted Islam and its required high degree of moral excellence and civilization ever said or done anything that is less than representative of what we believe? I am sure that all of us, if we are honest, would have to say that we have.” He went on to say, “Is Brother Jay perfect in his representation? Of course not. Are we 100 percent in our representation? Of course not. As persons who have accepted righteousness as our standard of intellectual and moral conduct are considered ‘those who are striving to be upright,’ then there is much room in all of us for improvement.”
The whole letter can be read here.
Below is video of Jay Electronica and Jay Z performing together at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. If you want to catch up on Jay Elect’s music, the bulk of his discography was released for free download here.