Jay Electronica feat. LaTonya Givens – “Better In Tune With The Infinite” Mar17


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Jay Electronica feat. LaTonya Givens – “Better In Tune With The Infinite”

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On RLTLK I berated my co-host unfairly about her dislike of the newest track from Jay Electronica. In short I questioned whether her lack of understanding of the track manifested into her dislike. Meanwhile, the entire time my very few casual listens of the track had not gleaned any real answers for me about the song other than Jay Elec’s continued desire to create music at his pace, not your desired pace.

Built upon the soundbed of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Bibo no Aozora” (not Trey Songz, although this record is killer as well), Jay chooses two recorded spoken monologues to open his track. The first is The Honorable Elijah Muhammad speaking on the disappearance of Nation of Islam founder, Master Fard Muhammad. The second monologue is Professor Marvel speaking to runaway Dorothy at the beginning of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Then after 90 seconds, Jay goes into a screed acknowledging his inability to convey his message on his own terms. To create art in the best way he knows how. His detractors. His hounds. His desire to come home and make a his own place in the world. With Sakamoto’s dirge setting the mood, Jay Electronica slows the listener down to get his message across his way. You have to listen more than once. You have to listen with open ears and a open mind. And then the beauty of Jay’s message, both in the opening recorded monologues and in his own bars, come through correctly.


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