Jay Electronica’s name has been buzzing after he dropped his highly anticipated debut album, “A Written Testimony.”
However, while Jay has always been known for his top tier lyricism, despite never putting out an album, not everyone was feeling some of his bars. Shortly after Jay’s Friday release, Hot 97’s outspoken morning show host, Peter Rosenberg, expressed his disdain for one of Jay’s lines.
Rosenberg tweeted, “‘My feet might fail me, my heart might ail me. The synagogues of Satan might accuse or jail me’ Not feeling this bar from Jay Electronica, and I know I’m not the only person who felt a way about it .” He went on to clarify his comments, saying that, “As a Jew, it puts me in a bad position. I can ignore the fact that I instantly felt a pang of discomfort and offense and basically sell out my culture, or I can be accused of being the “Jewish media” hating on this man. But it’s how I felt. The line offended me.”
Once it was pointed out to Rosenberg that those bars were not from Jay’s debut album, he pointed out another line that was, in fact, from the album, from the track’s standout record, “Ghost of Soulja Slim.”
“And I bet you a Rothschild I get a bang for my dollar/The synagogue of Satan want me to hang by my collar,” Jay said in the line.
It didn’t take long for the 43-year-old to respond to Rosenberg in a few since-deleted tweets.
“We sat down in an interview before and talked about my stance in these matters, and it’s there for anyone to go pull up. were you offended then? then you quoted better in tune w the infinite which was released in 2014, so what #AWrittenTestimony made you go back and listen to BITWTI, and you were retro offended? if you have a problem w the term Synagogue of Satan, don’t take it up w me, take it up w the writers of the New Testament. Don’t play w me, Peter, I ain’t the one. and you know this. i come in peace, and I go in peace. let’s keep it that way.”
Jay’s reference was inspired by bible verse Revelations 3:9, where it reads, “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship.”
He followed up with more tweets, saying, “clout chasing us at an all-time high,” concluded with “and for the record. I stand on every single word I said on this album. #AWrittenTestimony #ISaidWhatISaid.”
In addition to Jay’s clap back, fans also called out Rosenberg for being a culture vulture, in celebrating lyrics that were disparaging to the black culture and then speaking out at the mention of Jewish culture.
Since then, Rosenberg has responded, via radio show: