Jay Electronica Emerges With Seeds Of Wisdom About Love On “Garden” (Audio)

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Much to the dismay of fans, Jay Electronica has never been a prolific MC. What the elusive artist has lacked in numbers, however, he’s made up for in impact. To date, he had only released 3 songs in 2016, but each resonated in different ways. His first came in February, on the night of the Grammy Awards, where, on “The Curse Of Mayweather,” seemingly out of nowhere, he dissed Kendrick Lamar and continued his ongoing war of words with 50 Cent. A month later, At SXSW in Austin, TX, a virtual version of DOOM teased a collaboration with Jay Elec, which surfaced, in full, weeks later. And, in May, Jay joined Chance The Rapper on the Gospel-inspired “How Great.” Since then, he has returned underground, until now.

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Today, Jay Elec resurfaces on Emeli Sandé’s “Garden.” More than just a feature verse, his performance on the song rises to the level of duet, as he and Sandé share equal duties on the record. Sande kicks things off on the sultry number, also featuring Áine Zion, and Jay follows, showcasing a different look than he has in a while. He returns to the introspective form shown on songs like “Better In Tune With The Infinite.

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Flexing a slow flow, he raps about the ups and downs of love, likening it to a ferris wheel and roller coaster and recalling a time where he made a leap of faith and allowed himself to be vulnerable. He also details the type of love he prefers, seeking explosive “Purple Rain” love, rather than affections that may be more tranquil but also more mundane. He also talks about the sweeping contradictions that love holds, comparing it to both a “death sentence” and a “pardon.” In the end, he remains undaunted about its pursuit.

“Garden” will appear on Emeli Sandé’s forthcoming album, Long Live The Angels. The LP will be the long-awaited follow up to the Scottish artist’s 2013 debut LP, Our Version Of Events, and will hit stores on November 11.