News: Jay Electronica Rises From The Shadows, Gets In Tune W/ "Infinite" [Audio]
Sunday, Mar 16, 2014 8:12AM
Roc Nation's Jay Electronica is back on his music grind after performing at the annual South by Southwest festival with the release of his new "Better in Tune with the Infinite."
The elusive Roc Nation stud unleashed his newest tune heading into the weekend.
Aside from his verse on Big Sean's "Control," Jay Electronica has kept a low profile since signing to Jay Z's Roc Nation in 2010. But on Friday night, the New Orleans rapper surprised his fans by dropping "Better in Tune with the Infinite" featuring LaTonya Givens. The nearly five-minute track starts off with Professor Marvel's speech from The Wizard of Oz before Jay waxes poetic over a sample of Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Bibo No Aozora," which Trey Songz also used on his hit "Can't Be Friends." (Rap-Up)
Jay Elect appeared to credit a Twitter follower for prompting him to drop the new track.
"@Erick_Grady you know man, I've had such a beautiful time among the ppl at #sxsw that it's the least I can do. thanks for the suggestion.," Electronica tweeted March 14. (Jay Electronica's Twitter)
Last September, reports claimed Jay Elect shut down a reporter when inquired about his long-awaited album's release date.
The interviewer did get a chance to ask Jay about a possible release date for the long-anticipated Act II, the real question every Jay Electronica fan wants to ask the New Orleans native. In response, Jay merely smirked before saying, "She's trying to put me on the spot. The album comes out on the day that it comes out." And with that, the interview was over. So to recap, Jay Electronica may or may not be done with Act II, it may or may not be "his time," and we will likely be left in the lurch for at least another year. Typical. (Complex)
One of the album's contributing producers previously said Jay Elect's LP was going through its final stages.
Jeymes Samuel, also know by his stage name The Bullitts, has revealed that Jay Electronica's long delayed album is nearing completion. Samuel is one of the producers on the Jay-Z-signed rapper's debut release. Speaking to NME, the English artist said: "Honestly, it's in the last stages of recording. It's just tinkering. Just putting the final... you know when a builder builds a house? And when he's finished the walls he gives them one little brush over like a once over? And then the album will be done." (NME)
Check out Jay Electronica's "Better in Tune with the Infinite":