Swizz talked with Elliott Wilson about the making of A Written Testimony.
Jay completed the album at a relatively quick pace of 40 days and 40 nights. According to Swizz Beatz, however, that length doesn’t do his patience justice. In an Instagram Live session with Elliott Wilson, Swizz spoke about his experience working with Jay-Z and Jay Electronica on the album.
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“Those men are so intelligent and so smart,” he said. “It was like they was writing scriptures, man.” Swizz made an example of a time where four bars, in particular, caused a bit of a holdup.
Swizz Beatz Talks To Elliott Wilson About Working On “A Written Testimony” w/ Jay Electronica & Jay Z pic.twitter.com/EDcDT47rJp
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“Jay Electronica, the way he takes his time to process before he tells us what he’s saying, I’ve never seen it…it was like he would go to the cosmos and come back with the scriptures…We was waiting on four bars for a month,” Swizz said. “Four bars! But those four bars meant so much to him that even if it took a month, it took a month.”
A Written Testimony is currently available on all major streaming platforms.