Jay Electronica vs Dr. EnQi vs Jay-Z, as stated/reviewed by Raamel Walcott
Let’s dive right in
head-first, this will be a song for song comparison of A Written Testimony vs
Sound Becomes Light. The Overwhelming Event vs Magnetism. Magnetism is a super
authentic fan forward view of Dr. EnQi discussing Fancy Black Pesos. This gives
us an amazingly detailed picture of Dr. EnQi that we never met in the conscious
community. The Overwhelming Event fails to stand up to Magnetism simply because
it says nothing about Jay Electronica, although Farrakhan is a powerful speaker
and the music is amazing it’s not as powerful of an introduction as we
expected based on the wait. The intro should have addressed the wait.
Ghost of Soulja Slim
vs Nature vs Nurture! It starts with more Farrakhan & Jay-Z moving into Jay
Elect with a bar stating “If it come from me and HOV consider it
Koran”… This is, unfortunately, more of an eclectic Jay-Z song
feat Jay Elect than anything else honestly, so I must deduct points from an
otherwise amazing song musically and lyrically. Nature vs Nurture is an
amazing entendre filled description of Dr. EnQi’s life perspective of the
world and how it came to be, it’s pure art! His voice and the spacing on this
track from Kaz are something from another universe.
The Blinding vs Yayo!
This JZ feature feels like an actual feature and Jay Elect shines on this track
answering some of our questions regarding the long wait and who he has become.
The music is awesome and would have allowed for a sorely needed extra verse to
go more in-depth, still awesome! Yayo is an immaculately told compelling
story of Dr. EnQi’s childhood. Jay Elect may be incapable of reaching
this level of introspective storytelling that evokes Synesthesia in all who
hear it like a jolt to the pineal gland.
The Neverending Story
vs Power…very powerful! The sonic geometry of the bass on this song produced by
Work Major is pure Hip-Hop, almost like the cement of the Bronx. I just feel a
level of authenticity that you get from all the name dropping and coat tail
riding on A Written Testimony. The world play on Power might even be above
Jay-Z’s level, this is an instant top 10 of an all-time song lyrically.
The Neverending Story is loaded with amazing power, but over-shadowed by
one of the best Jay-Z verses ever, unfortunately for Jay Elect. Great song but
we can’t overlook the fact that he is getting bodied on his own track in a very
Shiny Suit Theory vs
the Basquiat! Finally, a completely masterful Jay Elect song complete with
music that compliments his outer worldly God flow. Not even JZ takes away from
the synergy of this beat with Jay Elect’s voice and delivery, the samples make
this an instant favorite for Jay Elect fans worldwide. Dr.
EnQi’s voice, lyrics, delivery, and expertise on said subject matter
catapult him into possibly the top 3 all-time or the Mt. Rushmore of lyricists.
After listening to this song alone he at least qualifies for the top 5, worst-case
scenario due to his effortless double, triple and quadruple entendre schemes!
Easily the best verse in the last 10 years hands down. RKITECH really laid out
the blueprint on this track!
Universal Soldier vs
Seed Money… Seed Money produced by Spectrum Gamma Rayz aka Spectrum Gamz
is insane, you literally feel the streets of Motown and Detroit alive with
blood of the many prophets of music and black leadership in this artistic dramatization
of drugs, money & private prisons. This is lyrical mastery on a first
album like we have never witnessed before! Lyrically the Universal Soldier
may be the best song on the album with Jay Elect laying out some of what he has
been through, combined with a trip through memory lane from the God MC J-Hova,
no words can express the feelings from this song! This may go on repeat in many
Flux Capacitor vs
Sound Becomes Light, sadly, Jay Elect’s verse does not fit well on this track,
however sonically, the bars are standard ‘God flow’, combined with Jay and the production
for classic ear candy. Sound Becomes Light as a song is monumental and should
earn Dr. EnQi a GRAMMY. He literally broke down post-grad level
electromagnetism and the music business in one song in a way no artist or
orator has ever been able to do with music or in lecture format. This is
another song that takes this man who had a 9 year single out in Angel into a
class by himself.
Fruits of the Spirit
vs Faith in Love. This comparison may seem odd but what I hear in both songs
are two intelligent black fathers trying to be the best dads they can be and in
that space, I will just say these two songs should be spinning on all P-1
stations twice a show.
Ezekiel’s Wheel vs
Angel, these two songs are matched head to head based on the subject matter and
the deeply melodic accouterment that accompanies the heavy lyrics and deep
voices of these two artists, who dropped similar albums at almost the same
time. I will give Jay Elect the edge on this one in terms of lyrics and word-play
however the subject matter goes to Dr. EnQi all day. Dr. EnQi again condenses
the complex and creates an adult conversation that gives his entire album so
much replay value.
A.P.I.D.T.A. vs More
than M.E./M.E. & Eu. You may say it’s not fair to compare 1 song to 2 songs
but honestly, there’s just so much more on Sound Becomes Light than A Written
Testimony. We waited a decade for just 10 songs with no real dressing,
personality or skits. Musically I have to say Silent Riot Dell was masterful on
the M.E. & Eu track which transports the listener to a pleasure-centric
planet in a similar vein to A.P.I.D.T.A. however, lyrically More than M.E. is an
anthem for single fathers across the globe, no contest.
Sound Becomes Light is
easily better than A Written Testimony and supplies 1000 times more replay
value than any album we have gotten in recent history. Sound Becomes Light is
15 songs and 6 skits deep but the crazy thing is even the skits are well
produced with amazingly Mastered Tracks.