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83

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. 60
    ‘A Written Testimony’ is a 39-minute, 10-track project that offers all the usual Jay Electronica tropes: complex rhyming patterns, double and triple entendre, lyrics across various languages laid over psychedelic production with minimal drums. Electronica excels on a technical level throughout. Yet, while this is the most anyone has heard from him musically in over a decade, there’s a sense of reticence throughout the LP.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 73
  2. Negative: 4 out of 73
  1. Mar 19, 2020
    10
    In a world of mumble rap and amidst a massive release from Lil Uzi Vert in the same week this album is a lyrical refresher for the hip-hopIn a world of mumble rap and amidst a massive release from Lil Uzi Vert in the same week this album is a lyrical refresher for the hip-hop genre. It allows for a new generation to learn from the patience and articulation Jay Electronica expresses here with the help of Jay Z. This is 100% a joint album between the two and an effort to spread the teachings of the Nation of Islam while also smoothly skating on incredible beats. Jay Elec himself produced most of the songs while The Alchemist, No-ID, Hit Boy and Swizz Beats lend a hand. The lyricism and production is unlike anything mainstream music has heard since Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's "Bandana". It was well worth the 10 year wait for this album and it will for sure be on repeat for the underground and dedicated listener. Jay Elec also positioned himself back into the underground by not including Jay Z on the track list which for some came as a nice surprise. For others who may only give this album a glance, without Hov's name on the track list they may skip over it whereas they may have jumped on it with his name attached. Full Review »
  2. Mar 18, 2020
    6
    Ok so full transparency, this album would be a nine if it wasn't for a few things. First, this is a collab album no hiding it or disguisingOk so full transparency, this album would be a nine if it wasn't for a few things. First, this is a collab album no hiding it or disguising it. Thus making it a way easier and more palatable as a debut. Second, was definitely the weaker half of this album. JayZ did great and if it was his project it would be a 9. Jay electronica got a pass because of exhibit c and how great it was. But me personally, I can't give this a higher score. Full Review »
  3. Mar 18, 2020
    9
    Solid rapping production isn't the norm but it's fine they tried pushing the sound sonically