DatPiff.com released one of their Best Of, So Far mixtapes hosted by DJ AH that narrows Jay Electronica's past releases on the site down to 40 tracks, jam-packed with original movie samples and added intermissions that really let his personality shine through, giving you an idea of who Jay is.
Best Of, So Far: Jay Electronica is like a looking glass into his personal life, his emotions penetrating the flow of every track, yet simultaneously being able to hearten lines like "call me Jay Elec-Hanukkah, Jay Elec-Yarmukle." One thing Jay has down is versatility, combining abstract narratives, beats from J Dilla, and movie soundtracks (such as the second track, "Eternal Sunshine," a compressed version of the three-part track on his What The F*ck Is A Jay Electronica mixtape, where he samples Jon Brion's score for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.")
The introductions on a good bit of the tracks drag on longer than I'd like, but once the build-up unleashes Jay's lyrical release, I find myself wanting more. Ultimately, "Katrina The Levees Broke," track 37 on the tape, made me look into this realization. Gene Wilder's tunnel song from the classic "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" seems aimless, and the tone of his verses thereafter sound, well, colorless. But piece it together, and the overall dreariness of the track takes on a deeper meaning that builds a swell of emotion and sadness for those in New Orleans living in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The smooth transitions between Jay's consistent and experimental samples and his lyrical story-telling in each track collectively make Best Of, So Far a true stream of consciousness, an unbroken flow of thought and awareness of the waking mind.