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Editors’ Notes

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


Wow, this album is amazing. 5 years since 'Worldwide Underground', and well worth the wait. Best tracks so far are 'Me' and 'Honey' and 'Master Teacher'. Make sure you download the whole album though.


I'm late, i've jus recently listened back to her prior albums I was young in them days so i'm a new fan... SHE IS AMAZING! this album is easily as good or better than the last as i can relate more, Its up2date, cool, real! Can't w8 4 part 2

Few artists come close to this..

After 5 years of waiting the new Badu album is out and it does not dissapoint. This is as organic as you can get and Erykah Badu is a true musical talent! This album is an instant classic my fave at the moment is Telephone but the whole album is amazing. Do yourself a favour and enjoy!!


Born: 26 February 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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