Jay Electronica Defends Nas After Ghostwriting Accusations

By Carter Maness

As allegations spread that Nas used fellow Queens rapper Jay Electronica as a ghostwriter on his controversial 2008 album Untitled, Elec has weighed-in on the controversy, denying the claims and defending one of his biggest influences.

Electronica took to Twitter to defend Nas and claimed that he has never used a ghostwriter. “Nas is one of the Greatest Ever. never has and never will need a ghostwriter. that man’s pen and legacy is without question,” he wrote.

This refutes claims from veteran hip-hop journalist and writer Dream Hampton who claimed that she had heard at least six reference tapes for tracks that later appeared on Untitled as Nas compositions. Nas, for his part, denied ever using a ghostwriter in an interview this week.

Fellow writer Frank William Miller Jr. also recounted his conversations where Jay Electronica openly claimed he was writing for Nas around the time Untitled was recorded. Electronica did not specifically address those assertions in his tweet.

Nas was also backed-up by stic.man of Dead Prez, who was also linked to ghostwriting Untitled by Dream Hampton. In a Facebook post, he said they indeed collaborated on the record, but it was all under Nas’ direction. “My contributions to his album was a collaboration and an honor and under his direction of what he wanted to convey and say,” Stic wrote.