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Grammy Award-winning, genre-defining singer Erykah Badu brought a baby daughter into the world February 1, via a midwife-attended home birth in Brooklyn. Badu and boyfriend Jay Electronica took turnstweeting every detail as the birth unfolded. Badu seemingly postponed the release because of the pregnancy and her leading role alongside Mos Def in the indie film, Bobby Zero. Needless to say, Badu's a busy, busy lady.
Naturally, the nu-soul singer is tight-lipped about her self-produced sequel to her socially conscious gold album, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War). What we can deduce is that the "ankh" subtitle delves more into the spiritual themes of Part One. The Egyptian hieroglyphic means "eternal life" after all. Where the 4th World War comes across as a nod towards the war you have with yourself (some have postulated the African-American's Civil Rights movement), Badu says Return of the Ankh deals with a "spiritual and emotional" battle. The sixth album's USB stick packaging includes extras ranging from footage of concerts, to commentary on the recording process and â€œme in the bathtub with Flavor Flav.â€
With a new songwriting approach and a fresh outlook on the world, Badu's newest is sure to be another dazzling touchstone in her already impressive discography.
Tracklisting with Soundclips:
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 Get Money [produced by Erykah Badu]
5 Don't Be Long [produced by Erykah Badu and Taarak]
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 (Instrumental) [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]