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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

AAAAHHH thentic~ fabulous

this is a great album. she has this calming but strong voice that makes u get goosebumps when u listen. amazing talent and an origional artist. GET IT~~

Soulful Album that shows a different side of Erykah

Erykah brings her same soulful flair to this album as always, but be prepared for a drastic change in sound from her previous albums. She takes a very minimalist approach to a few songs on this album that sounds great, but might not appeal even to the biggest neo soul heads. All and All, a fantastic album with a fresh creative twist we haven't seen from Erykah before.

Great real music

Wow. She's as soulful and relevant as ever! Love the Madlib and 9th Wonder tracks! She's always on point!


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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