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Ibeyi – “Exhibit Diaz”

Ibeyi are a pair of 20-year-old French-Cuban twin sisters, and their self-titled debut album features a fusion of electronic elements, hip-hop, and traditional Yorùbán music. I had the chance to watch a mesmerizing live performance from the sisters at SXSW, and after watching their chemistry, it’s no real surprise that they needed to extend their… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 29, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Jay Electronica – “Road To Perdition”

The always-elusive underground rap star Jay Electronica may never get around to releasing an album, but that means it feels like an event every time a new song shows up online. When last we heard from him, he was sharing a stage at the BET Awards with Common, Vince Staples, and Mike Brown’s parents. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Watch Common, Vince Staples, & Jay Electronica Pay Tribute To Mike Brown At The BET Hip-Hop Awards

Last night, BET held its annual Hip-Hop Awards show, broadcasting from Atlanta with Snoop Dogg hosting. As usual, the big news items weren’t the actual awards — nobody really cares who won what — but the performances. In the night’s most dramatic moment, Common, Vince Staples, and Jay Electronica performed a remix of Common’s track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 10:05 am

Preview Into the Light, An Experimental Film Starring Jay Electronica

The enigmatic rap mystic Jay Electronica still hasn’t found the time to record an album, but he has carved out the room in his schedule to travel around the world to make an experimental film called Into The Light. Jay Elec made the movie with the rap video director Jason Goldwatch, and while the trailer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 13, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Watch Jay Z Join Jay Electronica At Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest

Last weekend, during the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest, Jay Electronica brought out Jay Z (who recently performed nearby on the fantastic-looking On The Run tour with Beyoncé) to an explosion of excitement from the audience. It was a total surprise, and even better, it wasn’t just a verse or a quick cameo — Jay (Z, that… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 14, 2014 - 11:52 am

Jay Electronica – “We Made It” (Feat. Jay Z)

Last year, Drake heard a track on a recent Soulja Boy mixtape and freestyled over it, and the result was “We Made It,” arguably the most purely fun song of Drizzy’s entire career. Meanwhile, the reclusive rap cult hero Jay Electronica reemerged last week with a new song called “Better In Tune With The Infinite.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2014 - 11:15 am

Jay Electronica – “Better In Tune With The Infinite” (Feat. LaTonya Givens)

One of the few people in the musicverse who isn’t in Austin this weekend is Jay Electronica, the elusive rap hope who shows up with new music at deeply random times. For whatever reason, he chose this reason to share a new song called “Better In Tune With The Infinite.” It’s a meditation on feeling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2014 - 2:11 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week we heard two major rap releases from each primary coastal city: Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris representing L.A., and New York showing up via A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord, but the mainstay of the rap conversation was Kendrick Lamar claiming territory over both on Big Sean’s “Control.” That certainly made the cut this week, along with… More »

By: Stereogum / August 16, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Big Sean – “Control (HOF)” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)

Last night, rap Twitter exploded. The context: Funkmaster Flex premiered “Control (HOF),” a track that won’t appear on Big Sean’s forthcoming album Hall Of Fame because of sample-clearance issues, a seven-minute rapfest that features verses from Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. The takeaway: Kendrick murdered that. He raided and burned it like a longship full… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2013 - 8:46 am

Mac Miller – “Suplexes Inside Of Complexes And Duplexes” (Feat. Jay Electronica) & “Gees” (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

Look guys, I’m sorry, and I’m not any more ready for this than you are, but we’re going to have to start taking Mac Miller seriously. On the strength of recent collabs with people like Flying Lotus, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt, Miller, who just a couple of years ago was one of the most irritating… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Watch Made In America Fest Highlights: Jay-Z With Pearl Jam, Kanye, Run-D.M.C. & More

Philadelphia’s inaugural Made In America festival took place over the weekend, touting an eclectic Jay-Z-curated lineup of Pearl Jam, Skrillex, a reunited Run-D.M.C., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Santigold, Drake and many more. While there was potential for disaster — a Philly-native friend told me that this was the first ticketed event Philly has ever held at… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 4, 2012 - 8:34 am

Jay Electronica – “Dear Moleskine”

In 2009, Jay Electronica posted a parcel of the Just Blaze-produced “Dear Moleskine” on YouTube, and now the full track has surfaced in its spare, psych-funk-y entirety. Stream it at Hypetrak. Jay Electronica’s long-awaited debut LP Act II: The Patents of Nobility (The Turn) still doesn’t have a release date, but FWMJ has some shot… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 9, 2012 - 11:34 am

Jay Electronica – “Call Of Duty (Modern Warfare 3)” (Feat. Mobb Deep)

The beloved underground-rap quasi-recluse Jay Electronica releases new music so infrequently that every new track from him counts as some kind of event. Today, he’s given us a new joint called “Call Of Duty (Modern Warfare 3),” and we know he just recorded the thing since his lyrics mention the death of Steve Jobs. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 11, 2011 - 10:40 am

Jay Electronica – “Shiny Suit Theory” (Feat. Jay-Z, The-Dream & Charlotte Gainsbourg)

On Friday Jay-Z welcomed Jay Electronica to his imprint Roc Nation. The bossman guests on “Shiny Suit Theory,” a new Jay Electronica track that also features The-Dream and Charlotte Gainsbourg. You can hear it at Some Kind Of Awesome. Here’s Jay-Z introducing Jay-E at the Box in NYC:… More »

By: brandon / November 15, 2010 - 3:00 pm