The girl from South Dallas Texas is back! New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) is the fourth full length album from Erykah Badu. It will be released on Tuesday, February 26th, her 37th birthday via Universal/Motown Records, the first of four albums Badu plans on releasing in the next 12 months. Check for a New Amerykah follow-up in the summer, a live-in-the-studio record titled Lowdown Loretta Brown to be released through Starbucks in the fall or winter, and an album from her part-time band Edith Funker.
New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) features a guest spot from Bilal with production from Madlib, 9th Wonder, J Dilla, and Mike "Chav" Chavarria.
11 tracks is all we’re laced with this go round. I know I know, but what can I say. Albums these days seem to be getting shorter and shorter. If it’s any consolation, most of the tracks are of pretty decent length. The new album is a throwback to R&B/Soul and the 70s funk sound blended with some tight hip hop beats. She carries a decidedly political tone. Much more political in my opinion than her last album. One thing I will note, is that Erykah is relentless in her use of the word nigger on this album.
Fav tracks include “My People.” It’s a track heavy on the base and even though she repeats the same phrase “Hold on my people” throughout the entire 3 minutes and some change, I’m definitely feeling it.
“Soldier” is also in my favs for this album. Again, political in tone but you can’t beat righteous songwriting over a good beat to bop your head to.
What am I talkin about
Everyody knows what this songs about
They be trying to hide the history
They know who we are
Do you want to see
Everybody rise to this degree
Raise your hands high if you agree
Just say yes siree.
“The Cell,” “Master Teacher,” and “Honey” also got the head noddin’.
You can check out a few of my fav tracks from the album in my jukebox located in the center column.
IN OTHER MUSIC NEWS…
Discipline is the tenth studio album from singer Janet Jackson set to be released Tuesday, February 26, 2008 by Island Records in the US. BUY ALBUM.
Our girl Choklate is hitting the road with singer/songwriter Bilal. Stops include Seattle, New York, Austin, Dallas, and South Florida’s Mocha Soul with another one of our fav’s Yahzarah. Get the details here. BUY ALBUM.
Upcoming concerts in L.A. Chrisette Michele, Tiombe Lockhart, and our girl Res. Get details here.
Check out my jukebox to hear new cuts from Erykah Badu, Angela Johnson featuring Eric Roberson from her new album A Woman’s Touch, a couple of sweet Amy Winehouse remixes from Seiji, Al Usher, Alix Alvarez, and a throwback jam for my house heads…Keep Pushin’ from Boris Dlugosch. Enjoy!
Next up…an interview with Supreme Beings of Leisure on their newest album ii1.
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