Ab-Soul Explains Why He Dissed Jay Electronica On 'Do What Thou Wilt'
Ab-Soul surprised listeners when he came out swinging at Jay Electronica on his new album Do What Thou Wilt, and in an interview, he explained his reasoning behind the lyric. In short: family comes first.
While talking to Complex, Ab-Soul said the comment was a response to when Jay Electronica said Kendrick Lamar “wishes he could be me” and referred to him as his “son.” He said the comments in a Periscope video when Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly was about to receive the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Jay Electronica has since apologized for the remarks, asking them to “forgive [his] past transgressions.”
“I was like a swami of Jay Electronica until he/figured Dizzle wouldn’t admit that he would body him for a milli,” Ab-Soul rapped on “RAW (Backwards)”, the album opener. “I told Kenny keep quiet, I’ma get him/we don’t need dirt on your hands getting the key to the city.”
The real zinger: “hurts when your OG, who is supposed to be a G-O-D/is standing next to King Kunta feeling like Toby.”
When asked about the lyrics, Ab-Soul recounted the February incident and said he went to the booth to speak his mind.
“Jay Electronica made some remarks that bothered me a lot. I told Kendrick immediately. He was about to go up and get his Grammys,” he said. “It was a big time for us all, and for (Jay Electronica) to come out and do that at that time, that really rubbed me the wrong way so I spoke on it immediately. I know he put out a public apology as well, so I know he knows why I said what I said.”
“That’s one of the black gods, so it’s still peace,” he concluded.
Even though the diss was just heard, since Jay Electronica has apologized and that Ab-Soul seems to be past it himself, there likely won’t be any more developments after this.
Watch the full, in-depth interview below.