In contrast to its predecessor New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008), which was digitally produced and political in tone, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) incorporates sampling and live instrumentation, while its more personal lyrics focus on themes of romance and relationships. Badu has described its sound as “very analog”. In an interview for Billboard, Badu explained that “We used a lot of analog instruments—harps, strings, drums, piano, and even a Theremin—to give the album that sonic feel. There’s a strong undercurrent of bottom, a rumbling to these songs that feels good to me. It feels like a hug”. In the same interview, she explained the album’s title, stating:
I called it ‘Part II: The Return of the Ankh’ because this album is the sister of the left side of my brain – it is the right side.’Part I was the left side of my thoughts – it was more socially political and my thought process was more analytical. This time there wasn’t anything to be concerned with – the album is more emotional and flowy and talks about feelings. It reminds of the days of ‘Baduizm’ – this is just about beats and rhymes in a cipher.
PERSONALLY; I LOVE Erykah’s new album. I love all her albums. I’m always so excited for them! She is so talented, creative, and original… I truly admire her for that. She makes incredible music that we just can’t get enough of. I love the album art too! And the videos, especially “Window Seat” which is stirring up a lot of controversy. I read on NecoleBitchie.com the story behind it:
“Erykah Badu has managed to stir up controversy after she released her new video “Window Seat” early Saturday Morning. In the video, which was shot Guerrilla-style in one take, she walks along Dealey Plaza in Dallas and sheds her clothes until she is completely nude. At the end of the video, a gun shot can be heard and she falls near the place where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated followed by a narrated statement about “Groupthink”. ”
Very strong message Badu is putting out there. I had seen many times she asks her followers to define Groupthink. I have yet to grasp the full meaning, but I know it has to do with someone stepping outside of the box and being deemed different/wrong by society as a whole.
Check out the video:
Wow… right? and yes yes YES we all know she has an amazing body! But lets focus on the message she’s putting out there!!!!! lol!
Anywho, here is the track listing off of her new album!
|1.||“20 Feet Tall”||Badu, Douthit, Wimbish||Erykah Badu, 9th Wonder||3:25|
|2.||“Window Seat”||Badu, Poyser||Erykah Badu, James Poyser||4:50|
|3.||“Agitation”||Badu, Husayn, Sancious||Erykah Badu, Shafiq Husayn of SA-RA Creative Partners||1:33|
|4.||“Turn Me Away (Get Munny)”||Ayers, Badu, Striplin||Erykah Badu, Karriem Riggins||5:26|
|5.||“Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long”||Badu, Husayn, McCartney||Erykah Badu, Ta’Raach||4:39|
|6.||“Umm Hmm”||Badu, Jackson||Erykah Badu, Madlib||3:45|
|7.||“Love”||Badu, Yancey||Erykah Badu, J Dilla||6:02|
|8.||“You Loving Me (Session)”||Badu, Benzworth||Erykah Badu||1:04|
|9.||“Fall in Love (Your Funeral)”||Badu, Glenn, Riggins||Erykah Badu, Karriem Riggins||6:06|
|10.||“Incense” (featuring Kirsten Agresta)||Badu, Jackson||Erykah Badu, Madlib||3:27|
|11.||“Out My Mind, Just in Time”||Badu, Muldrow, Poyser||Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow||10:21|
**Jump Up In The Air (Stay There) is actually an iTunes bonus track, so you will only receive that if you purchase & download it from them
GET IT! GET IT GET IT GET IT! you won’t regret it!