Tweet and you shall receive. Well at least that’s the way it worked for Jay Electronica when it came to putting together his latest single, “Call of Duty,” featuring Mobb Deep. Thanks to some optimistic Twitter lobbying the Roc Nation MC was able to land a long awaited collaboration with the Queenbridge rap greats.
“I woke up one morning and everybody was calling me like yo Jay Electronica just hit you on Twitter and said he wanted to do a song,” recalls Prodigy of the moment he first realized Jay Elect had been pursuing a Mobb feature. “That’s just one of many [records] that we’ll probably do in the future. I like him as an artist.”
Relaxing in the plush confines of the W Hotel with partner-in-rhyme Havoc and entourage in tow following a performance at Washington D.C.’s Club Liv during Howard University’s Homecoming weekend, Capital P told BET.com how the Jay Elect collaboration came about and shared plans for the group's upcoming projects.
Aside from receiving tweets from the New Orleans rhyme slinger, Prodigy admits that long time collaborator and producer Alchemist played an initial part making the Louisiana to Queensbridge connect.
“While I was locked up he [Jay Electronica] was working with Alchemist,” P says. “He told Al that he had wanted to do something with us so we just made it happen.”
The brolic track, which hit the Internet two weeks ago, was well received by rap fans who have long envisioned a record between the esteemed lyricists. With “Call of Duty” only increasing the demand for a Mobb Deep ablum, P declares that a new self-titled album is well into its productive recording stages.
Now five years since the release of their lackluster G-Unit debut Blood Money (2006), the hip hop veterans are back with new label Sony Red, and they’re in the process of crafting various first time collaborations with artists and producers.
“Hav is the main producer on the album and then Alchemist,” Prodigy admits. “We got stuff from The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and S1 [Symbolic One] we’ve got a lot of joints people are going to be surprised. Of course we got Nas on there, we’ve got a few joints with Rick Ross in the works we’ve been working with Waka Flocka Flame. Just a lot of different artist, I was actually talking with T.I. the other day and we were talking about maybe doing something in the future.”
After nearly two decades in the rap game it looks like the grizzled rap vets understand the importance of building a few new relationships. It could be a useful tool in attracting a younger fan base.
“We’re just making good music,” Prodigy asserts. “When you make music that’s great it appeals to everybody, it doesn’t matter what age group. As long as the productions sound good and the lyrics are tight everybody is going to like it. Good music breaks through those barriers.”
Mobb Deep will drop the Black Cocaine EP the day after Thanksgiving, and their self-titled ninth studio album is tentatively slated for a February 2012 release.
(Photo: Jeff Dormeus)