years out of the album loop, Erykah Badu
comes back to the surface with New
Amerykah, Part One World War. This
album from the critically acclaimed artist
has 11 tracks (including the popular Wonder
produced bonus track "Honey")
and is less than a hour. Erykah has a
political and social conscious to her
music in the past and this album gives
you some of that feel.
album starts with "Amerykahn Promise",
a song that talks about the US and how
it brings more than the American dream
with it, in terms of baggage. "The
Healer", Erykah talks about Hip Hop
and how it's now being bigger than religion,
government and a few other establishments.
is a percussion filled track where Erykah
talks about choosing herself instead of
dealing with the media and other distractions.
"My People" she tells people
to hold on and in "Soldier"
she talks about those troopers in the
streets everywhere who are trying to provide
for themselves and their family and don't
get no pats on the back.
Cell" is a funky track that talks
about cocaine and it's effect on the people
and one girl in particular named Brenda.
deals with the journey of many people
who come to a new place and have to struggle
tracks on the LP are "Master Teacher"
(featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow "I
Stay Woke"), "That Hump",
a track about trying hard to get over
the hump but being tired and "Telephone",
a tribute to fallen beatmaker and artist
J Dilla. She says the track was done the
day after the ceremony and in the song
she tells Dilla to fly away and save a
place for her.
Badu's shortest LP is a lot better than
many others best. While this album isn't
my favorite in I believe this has the
subject matter that will bring me back
in the future. She talks about Blacks
standing up and being educated and strong.
She tries to shed light on the problems
in the country and lets you know how she
feels about her journey thus far. I'll
give this 3 GeoGlobes and I hope the part
two comes out very soon.