Jay Electronica – Better in Tune With the Infinite f. LaTonya Givens

blame it on Illy March 14, 2014

While he’s been spotted out in Austin, Texas for SXSW, Jay Electronica resurfaces on the music end with “Better in Tune With the Infinite,” featuring vocalist LaTonya Givens. Hear it below.

  • Wow

    its beautiful

    • Ava

      Only way to describe it

    • VisualizingTheRealism

      Only Jay Elec would rap over the babel score and make it even more beautiful. Incredible.

  • Pasmy

    Decent for an interlude… Now follow up with a project

    • Cam TexasBoy Perry

      dude needs to quit bullshitting and start dropping singles for the album

    • Thank Me

      Agreed it does sound like an interlude, which speaks to his ability as an artist that a dope track can be an interlude

  • Cam TexasBoy Perry

    I love this joint though now Jay Electronica lets hear your album

  • AirMagicMamba

    Sounds good but im not falling for this shit again

    • Ghost Robot

      Then he drop an album tomorrow and breaks the internet

      • espyy

        new rules again?

        • Jojoba

          Remember two years ago when he leaked that track list and everyone freaked out thining the album was comming two year later nothing… This is the Chinese Democracy of hip hop well wait for it for 8 yrs and it will drop and nobody will care

          • BCE

            “Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.”

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          • BCE

            Mind F*ck. Ha

          • marty mcfly

            Only thing is Jay Elec aint a magician. To be a great artist you gotta actually put out music. Thats just the way it is. Building a buzz and then letting it die several times over the course of years isnt a dope magic trick at all. If this was some kinda trick he was pulling it wouldn’t make the culture any better off. In fact it would just continue to piss people off. Just put out the music and save the magic tricks for kids under ten at circus shows and carnivals.

          • BCE

            He’s proving a point. Jay Z is obviously behind him. He created a tremendous amount of buzz off of one project in 2007. It’s 2014 and you are still trolling his posts telling these people that it is never going to happen. Though you know it is. And when it drops you know you are going to cop it too. He’s changing the rules to dropping an album just like Jay last year, Beyonce did last year, Em did last year and I would even say the Mac Miller, Ye and Cole date was no coincidence. Its hard to sell albums these days unless you have a fan base. This man has one.

          • marty mcfly

            I have never once said “its never gonna happen” fool. If waiting 7 years to drop one album is his way “of proving a point” then imo thats not a good way to do it. Putting out music is probably a better way to do that. Your talking about his fan base? Well Jay Elec been had a fan base for years now and making people wait years for the album isn’t what Id call magic at all. Of course Im gonna get the album when it comes out, I been saying im looking forward to the album for years now but the fact that years have gon by and the culture as a whole has been dominated by Drake in the absence of Jay Elec is not some planned magic trick imo. Making people wait years and years for an obviously extraordinary album doesn’t prove any point, it just pisses people off and dumbs down the culture in the process.

          • marty mcfly

            Since Jay Elec put out Eternal Sunshine in 2007, Jay Z has done 4 albums an put up platinum plaques in the double digits from American Gangster to MCHG…. Im not saying Jay Elec has to compete with that. Im saying after 7 years now, it be nice to finally get 1 album. Save the magic bullshit for somebody else and put out the damn album. I believe Act 2 would instantly be album of the year and in 2014 be the equivalent of Illmatic in 1994… So lets go already !!!

          • BCE

            Has nothing to do with Magic or Music. It has nothing to do with you or me either. The fact that he has created all this expectation shows thats al that you need. If you don’t catch the reference it has nothing to do with Jay either. It people like you that think they are entitled to something. This man owes you nothing. Get over yourself.

          • marty mcfly

            I never said the man owes me anything. The simple fact is that Jay Elec has been saying for years that there is an album and he’s gonna release it. Im saying ok then do it. So how I’m I in the wrong? A nigga syas he’s gonna do something and then people like ok then do it then period. And NO, expectation is not all you need, you also need music. The fact that he still has your pussy wet after years of anticipation implies that you also expect some kinda music to come through so therefore you should understand the very simple point im making. The nigga dont owe me shit personally but if you gonna front for years like you gonna release and album then fucking do it. The hype and no delivery on a product is good enough for you but not me.

          • BCE

            Reread that to yourself and tell me again that you don’t think he owes you something. At this point nothing he does with be “good enough” for you. He is releasing music and doing it his way it has nothing to do with whether I think he has released enough music or not. That’s not up to me, You gotta be a realist. The Hype and no deliver has worked for 7 years and you are still trolling so how can you say its not good enough. He still got your attention whether you’re “wet” or not, Jay is getting it in.

          • marty mcfly

            You talk as if not releasing an album is better then releasing one. Building as buzz and not delivery is not a good strategy no matter how many times you wanna make yourself believe that. The hype and no delivery has worked but only because Jayz name is involved and because people are pissed off. Having the people’s attention is not the end all be all especially when people start look at the artist like a failure for not delivering in half a decade. Wack rappers have the peoples attention to so that dont make they shit dope. I hope Jay Elec drops an album like the last small group of people who actually give a fuck but building a buzz and not delivering in years is only a good thing to an idiot. Drake delivered almost immediately after he built a buzz and that makes alot more sense. Having people’s attention is not enough especially when people start giving that artists negative attention and saying shit like “im not gonna get my hopes high for this fuknigga”…

          • BCE

            Hahaha You are definitely a fb. Drake is not all that is hiphop. Nor is he real hiphop culture in anyway. He’s buzzing off of 14 and 15 year old girls and he will tell you that. He has bars I’m not saying that. But you just became a Drake fb enjoy that. This conversation no longer holds any value because of that comparison. Thank you for wasting my time.

          • marty mcfly

            When I mentioned Drake I wasn’t making a comparison musically stupidass. I mentioned Drake cause he’s the furthest from Jay Electronica, making him the opposite side of the coin. Jay Elec has sold no records, he has nothing on the boards in all these years except Exhibit C and a buzz that slowly is pissing people off. Meanwhile Drake came out after Jay Elec and is now working on his 4th album, is worth a 100 million dollars and has the most number one records in Hip Hop culture. You said Drake aint hip hop but then said he has bars. MY point is he actually puts out product where as Jay Elec puts out 1 or two songs a year the last couple years. Currensy, Wiz, Big Sean, Kendrick, Mac Miller etc… All came out after Jay Elec and have shitted on his buzz consistently every year since they been out. Jay Elec might have buzz but he still has nothing official after all these years. There is little you can argue here dumbass. Having peoples attention is not enough because at some point people are gonna become not interested and for the most part people are already there when it comes to Jay Elec. Cut the bullshit about magic tricks and having peoples attention. PUT OUT A FUCKING ALBUM ALREADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buzz and no album for more then half a decade is only a good thing to a fukboy like YOU.

          • caleb oberrath

            Giving me goosebumps n shit

          • Soul Provida

            @JayElectronica had a shrink when he was 8 cause he had delusions of grandeur “It was always that I was just living unrealistic in my head”

          • BCE

            Yeah seems unrealistic to me. You just spent time to read this whole post… And you are still trolling. You know he’ll sell 100k + records when he drops and you’ll buy it. It doesn’t master if you like how he did it or not. “he made it”

  • Mister Nicely

    He’s clearly taking his time on the project. That’s why his music sounds like THIS. Listen to the lyrics, the meaning, the depth. Nobody is putting this much thought into their bars. I’m not saying I want a full LP of this style of rap, but I don’t understand how you can listen to this and then say anything negative towards Jay. The man is on a journey that most of us will never fathom.

    • Cam TexasBoy Perry

      taking his time you know how long we been waiting for this. YEARS and I mean YEARS!!!

      • Mister Nicely

        Trust me bruh, I’ve been waiting too. Just as long as you but maybe Jay is waiting on something.

        “It’s frustrating when you just can’t express yourself”

    • marty mcfly

      I understand taking your time but going on 5 and 6 years and shit? Thats when its like damn son, that maybe too long. Sometimes a short burst of inspiration can produce better music in a few sessions then trying to strategize for years over one project. If he woulda dropped and album during that Exhibit C hype? That shit woulda been a crazy level of reaction from the culture. Im still longing forward to the album of course but the thrill is almost gone completely at this point. Id still appreciate the music but at this point its like I’ve listened to Jay Elec so many times over the years its like I already heard his album even though I haven’t. I hope 2014 is the year it finally sees the light though.

      • marty mcfly

        lOOKing forward…

        • Mister Nicely

          Feel you 100%. Although some of these songs are timeless, we do need a full body of work to assess him as an artist overall.

      • Mister Nicely

        Truth. That was his moment too shine. I just get the feeling what’s taking him so long has absolutely nothing to do with music.
        I hope this is the year it drops though. The world needs to hear it!

        • marty mcfly

          Its all good but its just natural to get tired of waiting. Just sayin

  • leutrim

    Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice…

  • qalqulate

    can’t rush greatness

  • Jamal Lamaj

    back to the eternal sunshine style jay elect rapping over movie scores

    “no drums, no hook, just new shit”

  • Jules Roussel

    My dude Alex freaked this track better a year ago on Tower off his Soundtrax album on bandcamp…listen and compare

    • lol nope!


  • PV

    Great, now he can tease us and get our hopes up for nothing again

  • Sirilly

    The instant I saw this post, I was like OH SHIT! Lol. Now gimme that album mofo!

  • Guest

    i think ya’ll missed the point of including that speech at the beginning “that he go and he visits the people and he leaves the people and goes away and waits ’til the time when he can seclude again. Then he returns to the people that he had made, himself, a manifest.” Maybe that’s over some of yall heads tho

    • Cam TexasBoy Perry

      no I got it. he’s a wizard with his bars

    • Prince Akeem

      pretentious ass nigga we get it

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  • Herbclouds

    Should have put it out on April 01
    Like I’m quitting rap.
    I’m Yeezus.

  • Exhibit C

    Funny, yesterday I was typing his name in the 2dopeboyz search bar to see if I missed any new shit from him. I been waiting for an album since 09 and i’m sure a lot of people been waiting even longer. The wait is frustrating but if Act II ever sees the light of day my money says it’s gonna be amazing. I don’t think anyone else in hip hop is capable of making the kind of music Jay makes, it transcends the genre.

    • marty mcfly

      Planet Asia been making the same kinda music for more then a decade but Jay is just more visible in a commercial sense.

      • Exhibit C

        Fair enough, I’ll try listening to some of his stuff. Any recommendations? I’m sure there’s lots of people that make music with similar themes (Killah Priest) but I’ve never heard anyone else that speaks to my soul like Jay.

        • marty mcfly

          There are more then a few MCs who have touched on the same kinda elements as Jay Elec and have the same kinda vocabulary and mentality in their music. Planet Asia is one I named with a similar wording and lyrical approach as Jay Elec. However Planet Asia has his differences as well. Id say Jay Elec tends to be a little more darker and his heavy voice and sometimes slow methodical delivery is what makes it sound a little more mysterious. My first point was just meant to imply that Jay Elec is a continuation of elements that have always been present in Hip Hop from Rakim, to Nas and AZ to Wu Tang to Planet Asia… Not to take anything away from him cause anyone should be able to realize why Hip Hop in 2014 desperately needs Patents Of Nobility. I was just making the point that there has been others like him that have come through already.

          • Exhibit C

            I see the comparison in subject matter with the guys you named. But like I said his music hits my soul in a deeper way than Nas or AZ who are both two of the all time greatest. He’s just very unique in his subject matter, voice, flow, persona, beat selection, everything.

          • marty mcfly

            He’s dope. Nas dope? I dont know about that but he’s dope though.

          • marty mcfly

            When I heard I Gave You Power back in the day and If I Ruled The World etc… That shit was like a door opened in my mind which those songs were the keys. If Jay Elec got some shit like that on the album then ok but we’ll have to see.

      • Ryan Buley

        LMAO. Planet Asia isn’t even on the same planet (no pun intended). Super dope MC, but nothing like Jay.

        • marty mcfly

          No they definitely of the same cloth. Planet Asia put out the song Light Beams a couple weeks ago and he been rapping that way for years now. I dont know how you can listen to these two and not hear the obvious similarity.

        • marty mcfly

          Not the same but similar… The basic choice of words and how those certain symbolic words are used in the same context between the two MCs is evidence enough of that similarity.

  • Prince Akeem

    this is better tbh. even though most this nigga’s music sucks

  • Your Best Friend

    What a treat.

  • Frank Kennedy

    I don’t get the hype on this guy. He puts out one song a year. What is he 3 stacks? What has he done to deserve any form of credibility. Dude doesn’t even have a fucking mixtape.

    • Cam TexasBoy Perry

      do your research he does have a mixtape

    • marty mcfly

      3 Stacks only solo album in his whole career was a R&B pop album. Jay Elec has a few albums worth of RAP music out already. So his hype is built off skills that have been proven to a substantial degree already. The only thing missing is a project being stamped with a barcode and put in stores as a full body of work but he has music out right now.

      • Advance*

        Did you just imply that Jay Electronica has proven himself more than Andre 3000 because he has more solo rap songs? If you’re going to compare tracks that weren’t on official solo albums then maybe you should count the MULTIPLE classic albums that Andre was responsible for. You know, actual albums that were released to the public, not one song at a time every 15 months.

        • marty mcfly

          No I did not imply Jay Elec had proven himself MORE… I said he proven himself period. Now Andre 3k has 1 album right? So I dont know what the confusion is here. He has one album which was mostly singing right? Ok then. If you wanna count the work he did under OutKast then cool but Outkast is a group of 2 people so anything under that group, Big Boi is equally responsible for. Comparing two people against one person musically is not really a fair comparison. On an MC level, I do not think Andre is a better MC then Jay Electronica. If anything their on the same level but I can not say 3 Stacks is better because again as solo artists Jay has yet to put out a solo album in the last 6 years he been known of in hip hop and Andre only has 1 album in the last decade he been a solo artist and that album was a R&B pop album not a Hip Hop album.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            I do not understand why hip-hop heads hold Andre to a high standard, Big Boi was the MC of the group and barely gets recognition. Andre was a singer, if you want to hype up a singer in hip-hop, learn you’re roots and hop on that Gil-Scott Heron the progenitor of the genre.

          • marty mcfly

            Andre was the better MC in Outkast but Big Boi was the relatable one. I get the hype on Andre but im not gonna act like 1 pop album in the last decade makes him king shit in hip hop.

          • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

            That is your opinion, mine was Big Boi, because he was an actual MC not a singer people in the last recent years are have been d-riding.

  • fonzo517

    damn I had to play this back about 5 times

  • Tellmemane

    Remember this was on that supposed Tracklist from like a couple of years ago for Act II. But does that mean anything nope. Just like the rest of you all I have been waiting on this since I became a big Jay Elec fan after Exhibit A. Then that Just Blaze tony touch time made us think Act II was coming and how many years ago was that now. His album will drop the same day we all find the missing note

  • You can’t go against the God.

  • malcyvelli

    This moved me to tears the first time I heard it, I firmly believe this dude has some sort of mystic quality when he makes a track, shit is other worldly

  • Are y’all listening doe!? Are y’all listening!? He’s telling y’all why he has stepped away, what his agenda is. Be patient , pray, be ready.

  • Juan Mando Tellez

    He is too good. Wish he released shit more frequently then every 50 years it feels like.

  • boom shakka lakka

    Go away nigga. You missed ya shot.

  • YeDaTruth

    The album was supposed to drop New Years 2009, no? I understand shit getting pushed back, but how does something go from being basically done to being pushed back this long?? Either Jay-Z won’t let it drop because of a lack of a commercial single (which would never work for him), or he’s gone back to the drawing board WAY too many times. this is getting detox-y.

    • 33_Is

      It’s funny you say that. There is an interview Questlove did and said Jay’s album had been finished, and it was Jay-Z’s favorite album of 2012, but there was no singles on it at all. He said Jay asked for some singles and now we are waiting. It sucks that this is about business, cause I would love to hear more.

      • marty mcfly

        Questlove also said that Jay specifically tells some artists that he does not need a single for the album. When The Roots were on Def Jam Jay told them he did not need a single from them because on Game Theory and Rising Down he felt those albums were dope just the way they were. On WTT Jay also said he had no focus on a single, he was focused on the music sounding good period. I highly doubt Jay asked Jay Elec for a single especially when one of his main mottos as an artists is “dont chase radio”… He been saying that for years now. The reason he has singles as an artist is because the songs are just good not because he said hey this and that is the single.

      • marty mcfly

        And also the label taking the risk here with Jay Electronica is Roc Nation. The tracklist to the album is already done (it may have changed though), judging by the titles it would seem that whatever is on the album is there because Jay Elec wanted it to be there, not because he was told to do it.

      • marty mcfly

        He did ask J Cole for a single and I think that was the right thing to do in his case because Cole leans more in a commercial lane. Jay Elec is something completely different and Hov knows that.

      • YeDaTruth

        yeah, I remember that interview. But the people don’t want a “commercial” song from Jay Electronica. and that’s not a knock to more commercial-style hip-hop either, It’s just what’s considered a “traditional” single for Jay Electronica is not going to go over well with fans, who are the ones most likely to buy his album. Obviously, he’s never going to do a club banger, but I’m guessing that Jay is trying to get him to reach that middle-ground, like how Common handles a lot of his singles.

        • marty mcfly

          Jay Electronica put out Hard To Get himself before he had any buzz and before both Exhibits. It was a radio song and it made it to radio in several different markets. I dont believe Jay Elec cares about whats commercial or underground. He probably views it all as music. I dont think he cares what the fans think either. He cares what he thinks and everybody else can think whatever. I doubt Jayz would tell another artists what to do because Jayz is an artist himself. He probably says do whats most comfortable for you and we can work with that. As for an artists making a radio single? Only in hip hop is that looked at as a negative thing but I think for a true artist, making a song that gets played in a commercial market should be looked at as a good thing. Jayz never had to sacrifice artistic integrity for radio. All his radio songs are just a extension of what he is as an artist. Even on his radio songs, he’s still a hustla and he still has dope lyrics. Jay Elec doesn’t have to change anything to get played on the radio. He could make another Exhibit and that would work just fine on an =y commercial station. If not then nobody cares. Radio singles dont make or break anybody on Roc Nation.

          • marty mcfly

            @YeDaTruth, I take that back. When Hard To Get came out Jay Elec did already have a buzz with the underground heads but the reason why I bring up that particular song is because one day I heard it on the radio and it fit perfectly with all the other radio bullshit and Jay Elec was still rapping in his style. So I say that to say yes I believe if Jay wanted to play the radio game (or not) or even both, he could do so and the music would not have to change at all. The thing about Jay Elec is nobody expects a single from him so whether he has one or not he still has the same level of interest. So he could use that to his advantage if he wanted… Or Not

        • marty mcfly

          When people say Jay Elec cant do this or cant do that as far as in a mainstream commercial sense? Thats a mental block people put on him. The truth is Jay Elec can do anything he choses to do in a song and im sure he would still sound the same way. There has been many hardcore purest songs that have made it to radio and done well as singles in hip hop.

  • xastey

    We may get an album , he’s been on what like 3 tracks within a year, but i’m not holding my breathe.

  • 5Ft.Deep

    wow… this is fucking amazing

  • cam

    This is great! I feel like this could be a great intro to his project!! If it ever comes out. I’m not even sweating it tho. I stopped waiting for his project a long time ago. He kept teasing us with tracklists, saying it’s done but he’s waitin on a Nas feature, saying that his first single will be out featuring Chris Brown. I just wish these things would happen. But whenever the project does happen I know it’ll be great!

  • B3gillin

    Dope song. I remember this being one of the songs on the tracklist he released a millennium ago.

  • tdotperera

    About time.

  • kamemako

    do you all think your opinion affect his point of view of what he’s doing?! DO NOT THINK SO

  • Ohms

    idk who jay electronico is…probably not gonna find out either

    oh yeah! he had that verse on control pfff duh! lol

  • Adi Pre

    Dope. But we need more from Elec.

  • Brilliant

  • This shit more waited on than the return of Jesus of Nazereth

    • Cam TexasBoy Perry

      Don’t know bout all that.

      • ☁⚡Bläzé4President⚡☁

        This dude just posted “Sense of humor<" on his twitter. I know it.

      • Just had to say somethin huh? Lol just couldn’t keep scrolling

  • sane

    beware the ides of march

  • drewsmit24

    I never forgot

  • AndOneill

    Man!! What is it about jay electronica that makes me repeat this track over and over,, beautiful music here and the perfect intro to his album, he got me hyped again for this album, dont let the fans down jay Electronica..

  • StudentOfTheGame


    can anyone of you fine gentlemen direct me to a any and all Jay Elec projects (mixtapes, albums) anything so i can catch up on him. everywhere i go its some random complilation of his stuff. i want official projects, i heard Exhibut A and C and other stuff but i want the full package. thanks guys

  • disqus_EtONY8RzEt

    the greatest to never do it


    JAY ELEC WE NEED THE ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J Dub

    The laziest rapper is back. Dude has talent, but he has been putting dates out for Act 2 since 2010. It will probably come out the same day as Dre.’s Detox.

  • Dope song. Just need the full album now.

  • Starks

    Am I the only that finds the random claps throughout the song strange and unnecessary?

  • JohnDoe916

    Daym, Jay never fails me for deep lyrics. YA BEAST

  • Trizzy

    I will never trip over the wait for his new project, because I’m confident it will be worth it.

  • BCE

    “Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.”

    The Prestige

  • KBenjamin

    What if Jay Electronica is actually God?

  • wow

  • Sterling Wadsworth

    ryuichi sakamoto>>>>>