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Erykah Badu

New Amerykah Part 1

Back in stock Subtitled 4th World War New Amerykah Part One is the first release in five years from the woman born Erica Wright The wait was worthwhile though as this smart eclectic set her fourth adds to the grand tradition of socially conscious soul music Literally so in the case of opener 'Amerykahn Promise' spun by Badu straight over an obscure seventies funk track by Roy Ayers's protA#gA#s Ramp 'The Healer' is effectively a tribute to the power of hip hop to ground otherwise lost lives while the deeply felt 'Telephone' commemorates her friend the late producer J Dilla and was in fact written the day after his funeral 'The Healer' and 'That Hump' deal with the damage caused by drug dependency and 'Soldier' is a hardhitting analysis of the state of Black America None of which would count for much if the music didn't connect Though Badu's quirks remain intactthe vocalsaxophone duet at the conclusion of the otherwise icecool 'Me' what else is easily resisteda terrific team of collaborators including idiosyncratic producers Madlib 9th Wonder and the three man unit SaRa keep New Amerykah Part One endlessly imaginative tough twisted beats sitting alongside softer jazzfunk grooves The US public certainly assented sending New Amerykah towards the top of the album charts

  • 1. Amerykahn Promise
    2. The Healer
    3. Me
    4. My People
    5. Soldier
    6. The Cell
    7. Twinkle
    8. Master Teacher
    9. That Hump
    10. Telephone
    11. Real Thang
    12. Honey (Secret Track)
    13. New Amerykah (Weblink)

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