8 Instant Reactions to Jay Electronica's New "Letter to Falon" Record

"Not even a budget Kid Cudi hook could take away from the impact of these bars."
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Only Jay Electronica would end nearly a year-long drought of new music on a whim seemingly in response to a Kevin Durant NBA Finals performance, but hey, when it comes to Jay Elect we take what we can get when we can get it. We’re just lucky we avoided an accompanying drunken Twitter rant.

Released last night (June 5), "Letter To Falon" is a different version of a song first teased by Jay in 2012 as part of the tracklist to his now-mythical album Act II: The Patents of Nobility, which you should have given up hope for at least three years ago.

With “Letter To Falon”—produced by Jay, The Bullitts and Paul Epworth—now available for streaming on Tidal, we culled quick reactions from the DJBooth writing squad to let you know if we loved it, hated it or both.

Andy: No tweets from Tip, hourly texts from Diddy nor personal requests from Hov—apparently all it takes is for Kevin Durant to drop 38 and 34 in back-to-back games to lure Jay Electronica out of hiding. I don’t know what the signal’s like up in those Nepalese mountains, but maybe Jay’s actually watching a rerun of the 2012 Finals (in which his boy KD averaged a solid 30.6 a night—in vein, of course). That’s the only explanation for him releasing a song we first heard about five years ago.

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Brendan: As much as it pains me, I’ll always keep some morsel of hope alive for an eventual Act II release, and “Letter to Falon” is the best Jay Elect offering we’ve had in years. This is raw, uncut motivation, and not even a budget Kid Cudi hook could take away from the impact of these bars, which seem much more straightforward than we usually get from Jay.

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Yoh: Unicorns are simply majestic horses with horns protruding from the center of their heads. It's a slight alternation, a tiny mutation, along with the mythical aspect that makes them special. If common rappers were horses, Jay Elect would be a unicorn—majestic and mythical. Lyricism is his horn, the mutation that sets him apart, and “Letter To Falon” is just another reminder how he is a cut from a cloth unlike any other.

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Z: In a day and age where quantity reigns and quality is minimal, a "new" Jay Electronica record should be cause for celebration and multiple spins. Unfortunately, thanks to fairly downtrodden production and a forgettable, Auto-Tuned hook, Jay's performance on "Letter To Falon" has little replay value. 

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Matt: Although it sounds, at times, like a SoundCloud producer tried to remix Linkin Park's "In The End" with Fruity Loops trap drums, "Letter to Falon" sounds like peak Jay Elect. The dense lyrics, Kanye-esque Auto-Tune mumbling, and the pristine sound quality make me more hyped than ever for his next song... four years from now.

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Miguel: The hook sounds like 808s & Heartbreaks in a post-fact world. The rest is competent bars with mild religious imagery that's probably there to give the track an air of importance. Do the ending horns signal a collapse of the wall between us and a Jay Elec album release?

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Hershal: This song demonstrates once again that Jay Electronica has an unrivaled ability to distil complex emotional nuance into seemingly unassuming couplets. Unfortunately, the hook on this song is so bad that it makes the worst J. Cole hooks seem Max Martin-esque by comparison.

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Cinemasai: Jay Elect is back and dropping jewels over soul clap drums. That hook is as blasphemous as midichlorians, though.

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