This Saturday at the Coney Island Art Walls in New York City, Fool’s Gold Records returns with its annual Fool’s Gold Day Off Music Festival. This summer’s Brooklyn installment features a stacked lineup powered by enigmatic hip-hop sensation Jay Electronica, Fool’s Gold co-founders A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs, Chicago trap king Flosstradamus, and 2017 XXL Freshmen of the Year PnB Rock. In past years the organizers of Fool’s Gold designed a block party type feel for the event, but this year the festival relocates itself to the Art Walls, a venue just a short walk from the boardwalk and beaches of Coney Island.
The true highlight of tomorrow’s festival is New Orlean’s rap legend Jay Electronica. In 2007 Jay garnered national recognition in the hip-hop community with the release of Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) – a 15 minute continuous concept album that features music from the soundtrack of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The publication URB ran a cover story about the composition and equated the release to “some sort of hip-hop Jack Kerouac.” HipHopDX even went so far as to call him “the most talked about emcee last year … at times…more like a myth or urban legend than an actual rapper.”
Two years later Jay followed the acclaimed release with two singles produced by Just Blaze called “Exhibit A (Transformations)” and “Exhibit C,” which eventually lead to his signing with Roc Nation in 2010. When he signed with Jay-Z’s label Electronica made announcements about the sequel to Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), and that the release would be the second part of a three-part trilogy titled Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn). For the past seven or so years, patient Jay Electronica fans have yet to see the release of this highly anticipated record. The withholding of his debut LP only feeds the enigma that surrounds and mystifies Jay Electronica, and hopefully tomorrow we’ll hear some music from the talked-about record.
For those who’ve never been to the Coney Island Art Walls I’ve dug up some pictures of the venue to give you a taste of what to expect. The location is nestled between the classic amusement part at Coney Island and the sprawling sand beaches of Brooklyn’s coastline – a perfect summer venue for an outdoor celebration of street art, hip-hop and electronic music.
Tickets for Fool’s Gold Day Off can still be purchased via TicketFly at this link. In addition, people are selling tickets on the event group for very cheap – RSVP and check out the secondary market here.