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Worldwide Underground is one of Erykah Badu’s most thrilling, avant-garde works. “Bump It” jumps off with turntable scratches as Badu scats, “Phat beats, Phat drums,” riffs over an electrifying jazz-funk groove, then ends it all with an extended display of vocalese. “Back in the Day” swirls with dreamy, ‘70s-inspired synth lines, while the 10-minute “I Want You” bounces around a hiccupping MP3 sampler. Throughout, she pays tribute to hip-hop’s influence, most notably on “Love of My Life Worldwide,” an energetic rap cipher between Badu, Queen Latifah, Angie Stone, and Bahamadia.

Customer Reviews

Don't settle for this incomplete download...

The CD is 5 stars...iTunes gets the deduction, though: what a shame that the entire album is missing from iTunes! The track "I Want You" is a lengthy one, but one of the sexiest songs about longing that I've ever heard. Like most of Badu's work, I can listen to her songs over and over, year after year, and find myself loving them more and appreciating her exquisite talent more. It's worth purchasing all of her recordings to get the full on work, for unlike most one-hit-wonder artists these days, her tracks kick big ol' bootie from the beginning to the end.

Badu Gets 5 Stars...iTunes does NOT!!

I won't lie: Worldwide Underground is a definite departure from the style seen on her debut Baduizm and the follow-up Mama's Gun. And while I'm at it, I will say that in the past 20 years, Erykah is one of FEW artists who is able to drop consistent albums...all three of which are easily listenable ALL the way through :::gasp:::. I know, right? Who does that anymore?? Back to WorldWide Underground: I loved it. Especially tracks 1-5. Sadly, iTunes eff's up completely, as it seems to have missed out on the BEST SONG on the album. As one poster put it "the sexiest songs about longing" - I Want You is indeed. Why iTunes miffed this, is beyond me. Go get the full album.

Badu nation is in effect!!!!

I don't mean to be a groupie, but I think its a little too late. Listening to a Badu album is kinda like being with that special honey who has a certain quality that you just can't describe. Worldwide is a throwback album, reminiscent of times when artists didn't mind taking chances, had something to say and understood the meaning of the word "deep". The CD plays like one long jam. Light some incense, grab your favorite vice, and groove. It's a Badu thang.


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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