Categories: Music

Jay Electronica and Pete Rosenberg are Sparring Over a Controversial Line from ‘A Written Testimony’

A debate erupts over the rapper’s use of a New Testament reference.

Jay Electronica and Pete Rosenberg had a brief, but heated, exchange on Twitter last night.

The spat began when Rosenberg voiced his discomfort with rapper’s repeated use of the New Testament reference, “Synagogue of Satan.” After quoting a line from the 2014 song, “Better In Tune with The Infinite,” Rosenberg corrected himself and pointed to “Ghost of Soulja Slim,” a track from the rapper’s decade-plus-in-the-making debut album, A Written Testimony, where the rapper closes his final verse with “The synagogue of Satan want me to hang by my collar, but all praise due to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.”

PLAYLIST: The Round-Up: Best Songs of The Week – ft. Jay Electronica, maassai, Count Bass D, and More

“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,” Rosenberg added in a subsequent tweet. Within the hour, Jay returned volley, proposing “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.” Rosenberg responded with an invite to join him on-air (?,) “I have a public forum everyday if you ever want to talk — feel free …”

And while it’s unclear whether we’ll actually get to hear them have this debate, we can all agree Rosenberg, Jay Electronica and a couple of academics sparring over bible verses for an hour would make for a very memorable radio moment. Heed the call, Jay.

Read through the full exchange below.


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

Published by

Recent Posts

Seven of the Best Black-Owned Cocktail Bars in NYC

One of NYC’s first Black-owned cocktail bars opened in the 1840s. Now, a handful exist,… Read More

March 22, 2023

LaKeith Smith Gets Resentence After Being Convicted For Police Killing His Friend

LaKeith Smith, an Alabama man who was 15 when a police officer shot and killed… Read More

March 22, 2023

Behind the Beat: How Heatmakerz & the Diplomats Reenergized “Gangsta Music” on “Dipset Anthem”

With “Dipset Anthem”, the Diplomats created an immortal song, which restored pride in Harlem’s rap… Read More

March 22, 2023

Here’s What Chris Tucker Said About Returning to the ‘Friday’ Franchise

While promoting his new film Air, Chris Tucker went to Audacy's V-103 to discuss Friday, a… Read More

March 21, 2023

After 17 Years, Zippyshare Is Going Defunct

File-sharing music website Zippyshare has announced that they'll be shutting down at the end of… Read More

March 21, 2023

Rap Twitter Ranks Their Favorite “Sneak” Diss Lines in Hip-Hop History

Rap enthusiasts on Twitter are ranking their favorite sneak rap diss lines bar for bar,… Read More

March 21, 2023