Planned Release Date: 2009
Was It Eventually Released?: No.
Over the last five years, no mystery has vexed hip-hop heads more than the strange case of Jay Electronica and his dormant debut full-length album, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn). He gained the attention of the hip-hop world with the release of Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) in 2007, and by the time he leaked his single “Exhibit C” to radio in October 2009, fans were clamoring for his official debut. What followed over the next five years has been a series of vague release dates, unfulfilled promises, and non-existent follow-ups as Act II has remained unreleased to this date. Even an auspicious signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation imprint has not freed the project from Jay Electronica’s vault. While vague rumors of commercial inviolability have emerged over the long wait, nobody is quite sure what exactly is taking so long for the album to come out, despite assurances from Jay Z himself of the project’s greatness. While Jay Elect assures us that the album is finished and is still on its way, a dwindling buzz has left many fans in doubt.