Universal Motown Records multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning
singer-songwriter-actress ERYKAH BADU will release her
fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh,
on March 30th, 2010. The new album is the singer‚Äôs hotly anticipated
follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2008 album, New
Amerykah Part One: 4th World War.
In contrast to New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War, which was
digitally produced and political in tone, New Amerykah Part Two:
Return of The Ankh features lush live instrumentation and taps
into Badu‚Äôs emotional side by thematically focusing on romance
and relationships. ''With Part One, I was standing at an apex, looking
at what was going on around me politically, socially, and economically,''
Badu explained. ''With Part Two, I‚Äôm hovering over me,
looking at what‚Äôs going on inside of me.''
New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh features contributions
from some of the most talented, groundbreaking,
underground producers and engineers in the hip-hop game,
including Grammy winners 9th Wonder and James Poyser,
eclectic soul singer Bilal, and the late J Dilla. ''We used a lot of
analog instruments - harps, strings, drums, piano, and even a
Theremin - to give the album that sonic feel,'' said Badu.
''There‚Äôs a strong undercurrent of bottom, a rumbling to these
songs that feels good to me. It feels like a hug.''
In advance of the album‚Äôs release date, ERYKAH BADU hosted a
series of intimate candlelit listening sessions for press and VIPs at
Chung King Studios in New York City on December 9 and December
10, 2009. Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone, R&B star Ryan
Leslie, British pop sensation Corinne Bailey Rae, hip-hop impresario
Damon Dash, and rapper-producer Jay Electronica were all
on hand for the exclusive preview, where the self-proclaimed
''analog girl in a digital world'' gave listeners insight into her creative
process: ''When I write songs, the music always comes first...
otherwise, it would be poetry,'' she explained.
The press is already raving about New Amerykah Part Two: Return
of the Ankh, one of the most anticipated albums of 2010. The Wall
Street Journal‚Äôs Speakeasy blog calls it ''a throwback to her 1997
debut, ‚ÄòBaduizm,‚Äô with a more acoustic feel'' while Vibe.com says,
''Badu delivers an album that offers the emotional highs, lows and
maddening complexities of being involved in a romantic relationship.''
Additionally, Suite903.com declares, ''The new album is
beyond amazing,'' and Okayplayer.com writes, ''The album is dope.''
ERYKAH BADU, a Dallas native, emerged in 1997 with her masterpiece
debut album, Baduizm, as a primal force of nature connecting
old school soul with contemporary R&B. The album garnered
her numerous award nominations, including two Grammys (Best
Female R&B Vocal, Best R&B Album) and multiple top spots on critics‚Äô
Best-Of-The-Year Lists. In 2000, she followed up with the critically
acclaimed platinum-selling album, Mama‚Äôs Gun. In 2003, the
EP World Wide Underground was awarded Gold certification.
1. 20 FEET TALL [produced by Erykah Badu and 9th Wonder]
2. WINDOW SEAT [produced by Erykah Badu and James Poyser, featuring ?uestlove]
3. AGITATION [produced by Erykah Badu and Shafiq Husayn of SA-RA Creative Partners]
4. TURN ME AWAY (GET MUNNY)
5. GONE BABY DON‚ÄôT BE LONG
6. LOVE [produced by Erykah Badu and J Dilla]
7. UMM HMM [produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib]
8. FALL IN LOVE [produced by Erykah Badu and Karriem Riggins]
9. INCENSE [produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib]
10. OUT MY MIND JUST IN TIME (Part 1) (Undercover Over-Lover) [produced by Erykah Badu]
11. OUT MY MIND JUST IN TIME (Part 2) [produced by Erykah Badu and Georgia Anne Muldrow]
‚ÄòOFFICIAL LEAK‚Äô TRACK:
JUMP UP IN THE AIR AND STAY THERE feat. Lil Wayne & Bilal