Album Watch: The Social Studies Lesson Of 'New Amerkyah Pt. 2'

Monday, December 14, 2009


2010 is shaping up to be divine, especially with the inclusion of Erykah Badu following up with the second installment of her New Amerkyah opus. Billboard announced the unveil of New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh last week, and gave some insight on the construction of what the album consists of. Some familiar names pop up on the credits, names such as James Poyser, ?uestlove, 9th Wonder, J. Dilla, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Andre 3000, and surprisingly (and quite questionable) Lil' Wayne are all featured in some fashion on the new record that is set to hit stores February 23rd of 2010. ShowingOut.com got a sneak peek at what they heard at the incense lighting and star studded album listening party, and in the extensiveness of  descriptions on the list, you can almost hear the sounds tumbling around in your head. Some tidbits that caught the eye....

  • "The track ends with a sudden psychedelic smear of noise." (describing track "Window Seat") 
  • There is a song called "Incense" yes, its about those smelling sticks..what can this woman not write about? Wonder if it sounds like strawberries n' cream, or musk.
  • There are two Notorious B.I.G references
  • There are lots of bass guitars, vintage jazz, fat drum and something called "subtle, liquid butter keys" sounds swirling about the album.
  • One track was produced by the late J. Dilla, and another track that sounds Dilla-esque. 
  •  "This album is the sister of the left side of my brain -- it is the right side...the album is more emotional and flowy and talks about feelings. It reminds of the days of 'Baduizm'" (Erkyah describing the album's context).
    Well, February 23, 2010, hurry the funkle up!

    Oh, and Erykah is not done letting us explore uncharted territory in the nation of New Amerykah, as the third album in its set is called, Lowdown, Down Underground and is described that it "would be sung in the persona of her alias Loretta Brown, a woman that’s “from the ’50s but acts like she’s from the ’40s - the 2040’s.” Oh. I see.

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