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Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War
New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War
Artist: Erykah Badu
Format: CD


Label: MOT
Catalog: 1080002
Rel. Date: 02/26/2008
UPC: 602517621879

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Universal Motown's singer/songwriter Erykah Badu returns to the music scene with her new album New Amerykah. Laced with Erykah's bluesy grit and MC style vocals, the album features some of the most talented, groundbreaking underground producers and engineers in the hip-hop game, including producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige), Madlib, Mike"Chav"Chavarria and R&B singer Bilal.


''New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)'' is the fourth studio album by American R&B and neo soul musician Erykah Badu, released February 26, 2008 on Universal Motown. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily at Electric Lady Studios in New York City during 2006 to 2007. Badu's first release since ''Worldwide Underground'' (2003), ''New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)'' is an esoteric concept album that features social commentary and impersonal lyrical themes of poverty, urban violence, complacency, and cultural identity. It exhibits musical styles such as funk, soul, jazz, electronica, and hip hop.

The album debuted at number two on the U.S. ''Billboard'' 200 chart, selling 123,884 copies in its first week. It produced three singles and has sold 359,000 copies in the United States. Upon its release, ''New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)'' received general acclaim from most music critics. It was named one of the ten best albums of 2008 by several music critics and publications. - Wikipedia

The last hit single called "Honey" was by Mariah Carey and we're pretty sure honey was a metaphor for something we're not allowed to extrapolate upon. Erykah Badu's "Honey" very well may be about the same type of thing, from what we can make of the lyrics, yet is actually sexy. That would be a credit to Badu, who seems to be improving steadily with each record, an impressive feat given how highly 1997 debut Baduizm is regarded. Really, though, is it that surprising? She's already collaborated with just about everyone truly worth a damn in contemporary hip-hop and R&B (the Roots, Jill Scott, Common) and this time welcomes 9th Wonder, Madlib and recently deceased J. Dilla to the production fold. Her brand of conscientious soul is never preachy or contrived, just awash in creativity and passion. The only thing preventing her from true prolific artistry is the birth of two children, but hey, we'll let her slide on that.