Jay Electronica has never released a full-length album because according to him, albums are a “false concept.” The New Orleans MC told Billboard the following during a recent interview:
An album is a false concept anyway. An album is something that was created by corporations as a product to make money. People have been making music, doing plays, and telling stories around fires for trillions of years. I like albums but I’m not too really handcuffed to the concept of that.
Even so, when the interviewer, Adelle Platon, later referenced the fact that Jay Z has publicly urged Jay Electronica to put an album out, he responded with this gem:
When it’s ready, when it’s ready. It don’t matter if Donald Trump say, “Put the album out.” Maybe if Minister [Louis] Farrakhan said put the album out then maybe I might go home tonight and throw something together and put it out. Say like with Jay, that’s almost like [asking], “How’s the weather now?” If I walk outside right now, go across the street and if somebody recognize me, the first question they gonna ask me is, “When is the album coming?”
So it’s almost like it’s not a thing that’s just normal to get asked that. But I guess the question you asked me is what will it take. When it’s finished. When it’s something that I’m pleased with because regardless of the six billion people on planet Earth, even if I put something out and the whole six billion say it’s absolutely beautiful and I don’t feel okay with it, I’m the one that carries that.
I have to be at a place where I’m pleased with the offering. So, it will come — it’s coming soon.
So, Jay Electronica is living in a post-album world, but he will still release an album if the right people ask. You learn new things everyday.