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New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War)

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A willful rejection of mainstream values, New Amerykah turns to hip-hop’s most unusual and independent visionaries — including Madlib, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, 9th Wonder — to help create a reflection of its author’s eccentric unconscious. Sometimes the chemical reaction creates a mess, as songs like “Master Teacher” become beleaguered by too many good ideas. On the other hand, “The Healer” and “Soldier” achieve a sound that Badu has spent a career striving towards. Thick and dirty, these works conjure Badu’s Southern heritage while at the same time leaving her plenty of space for her spiritual ruminations. Even through all its otherworldly noises and ritualistic chants, New Amerykah is surprisingly intimate, as if it was created in a secret clubhouse rather than a vast studio. The album’s tumultuous turns eventually give way to the clarity of “Telephone,” a stunning production by drummer Ahmir Thompson and keyboardist James Poyser that begins with a slow, simple groove and ends up ascending in billowing sheets of sound.

Customer Reviews

Raw flavor that always delivers

Erykah stays true to the craft and this album is definitely an extension of her soul. Tony6 unfortunately wrote the first review and he's a freakin idiot because any real Badu fan knows that her art has never really been dance or pop. Just sit, listen, and let yourself go.


CLEAN!?!?!??!?!!!! I boo you ITunes, is this Wal-Mart?

Took My Breath Away

This is the one of the best albums so far this year!! OMG!! I almost cried! One that stands out is "Telephone" and "That Hump" I felt like she was speaking to me on that song. Lord knows it's so many who are just trying to get over and she is right on point!!! On the song "Me" I felt like she was so real and so honest. Ms. Badu, I salute you. PLEASE get this album and support my sista.


Born: February 26, 1971 in Dallas, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter female R&B singers. A singer/songwriter responsible for all but one of the songs on Baduizm, she found a number 12 hit with her...
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