Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War (LP)
Universal Motown’s multi-platinum-selling, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter/actress Erykah Badu returns to the music scene with her new album New Amerykah featuring the debut single "Honey." Laced with Erykah’s bluesy grit and MC style vocals, the song is bolstered by producer’s 9th Wonder’s razor sharp hip hop beats. Badu describes the song as “an old school track with some funk on it.” Badu has enlisted some of the most talented, groundbreaking underground producers and engineers in the hip-hop game to support her breakthrough return, including Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige), Madlib, Mike “Chav” Chavarria and R&B singer Bilal. “The music is the star,” says Erykah, “I just laid down my vocals and let the music breathe while the melodies tell the stories.” The album is part one of the series New Amerykah Part 1 & 2.
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, pulling 2 coveted Grammys (Best Female R&B Vocal, Best R&B Album) and multiple Top spots on critics’ Best-Of-The-Year Lists. In 2000 she followed up with the critically acclaimed platinum selling album, Mama’s Gun. In 2003 the EP World Wide Underground was awarded Gold certification.