After lying dormant for nearly a decade, Jay Electronica has remerged with his debut album, A Written Testimony. Along with releasing the highly anticipated project, Electronica has jumped onto social media to engage with fans and combat pundits. This led to an awkward exchange with Hot 97 personality Peter Rosenberg.
Jay Electronica's music is layered with mystified biblical/holy references. Electronica is also a proud member of the Nation of Islam. As a Jewish man, Rosenberg took Electronica's lines as a chance to address lyrics that he perceived as anti-Semitic.
On the 2014 track, "Better Tune in with the Infinite," Electronica raps: "The synagogues of Satan might accuse or jail me/Strip, crown, nail me, brimstone hail me/They might defeat the flesh but they could never ever kill me." Jay also makes allusions to the biblical symbolism on A Written Testimony.
"Not feeling this bar from Jay Electronica and I know I'm not the only person who felt a way about it," Rosenberg tweeted. "Apologies I quoted the wrong song ... when I googled 'Synagogue of Satan' -- I mistakenly assumed Jay only said it once... this is the second time ... the line this time is 'The synagogue of Satan want me to hang by my collar' . lol my bad..songs dope besides that cringe though."
Electronica saw Rosenberg's tweets and decided to respond with a tweet that wasn't directly addressed to the media personality.
"clout chasing us at an all time high," Electronica tweeted before taking off the silencer and going at Rosenberg. "and btw, @Rosenbergradio if you REALLY wanna get into it, we are willing to hold a discussion in a PUBLIC FORUM on The Synagogue of Satan and it’s meaning with any Scholars of Theology you would like to bring. until then. STFU"
This exchange didn't sit well with Rosenberg. He decided to take time away from Monday's installment of Ebro in the Morning to address Electronica's "aggressive response."
"It's no person's job from another group to tell another group when they should be offended," Rosenberg said around the clip's three-minute mark. "In the climate that we're in now, I found it dangerous and hurtful just as a Jewish hip-hop head. People wanted to come for me and villainize me for having feelings about my own group. ... This is just my opinion about words that offended me."
Electronica purposely makes his lyrics difficult to decipher. Yet, when the Synagogues of Satan are mentioned in biblical texts, it refers to a group of Jewish people who use their religion as a front. These people hide behind Judaism to help them persecute other chosen people.
In 2012, Jewish bank heiress, Kate Rothschild, left her husband to pursue a relationship with Jay Electronica. Electronica was ripped by the British tabloids for his connection with Rothschild. This sensationalized media attack heightened after their relationship ended, with claims that Electronica was violent toward Rothschild.
On A Written Testimony's "Ghost of Soulja Slim," Electronica reference to the Synagogue of Satan is paired with wordplay aimed at his ex-girlfriend.
"I came to bang with the scholars," he raps. "And I bet you a Rothschild I get a bang for my dollar/The synagogue of Satan want me to hang by my collar/But all praise due to Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala."
This creates the allusion that Electronica was not attacking the Jewish religion or even multiple Jews. Instead, he was finding a clever way to vent about a personal vendetta he had against a woman who he feels aided in helping the media assassinate his character. Still, Rosenberg feels like this attack created a careless ricochet that hurt other Jewish people.
"You can only have your group associated with Satan so many times before you're like 'What's going on?'" Rosenberg continued. "And I think I have that right."
You can watch his full take above.