Friday, December 18, 2009

Much thanks to the anonymous commenter on the Georgia Anne Muldrow post. I'm going to check out that other album for sure. AND, since you happened to comment on Erykah's new album, here's some info. from OkayPlayer that I for whatever reason never got around to posting the other day...

They got the lowdown an a top secret, invite only listening session for Miss Badu's newest album New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh.

The new album sounds amazing, as expected. Unfortunately, there's no mention of a Jay Elect appearance. Maybe he'll be in the liner notes again.

If you haven't yet checked out New Amerykah Part I, it's definitely worth the listen. I've got it on vinyl if you know me and want a preview.

Anyway, here's what OKP had to say on the new LP...

Y’all gotta keep this on the ultra DL, but somewhere last night, in a famous recording studio in Downtown Manhattan (let’s just call it Chung King Studios), a secret listening session for Erykah Badu's new album New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh went down and OKP got the exclusive Evite. That’s right, we got dibs on some classified info. Like pack your cell phones and recorders tight in these zip lock bags type of info (no joke). So, though we can’t and wouldn’t publish an audio leak off the album (for the sake of the incandescent Ms. Badu who put it best last night when she pleaded, “Let a bitch make some money!”), here’s the next best thing… a written leak…yay!

Here’s what we know:

Return of the Ankh is scheduled for a late February release, set for Feb. 23rd.

9th Wonder, James Poyser, Georgia Anne Muldrow, ?uestlove, Sa-Ra, Madlib, Karriem Riggins, and the late J Dilla assist on the production side.

• Socio-political artist, Emek, is slated to do the cover art again.

(Needless bullet point) … The album is

Here’s the tracklisting:

1. 20 Feet Tall
Produced by 9th Wonder, though the piano work on the track would make you think otherwise…

2. Window Seat
The train/bus/airplane riders’ mellowed out anthem. Produced by The Randy Watson Experience (?uestlove and James Poyser.)

3. Agitation
A reincarnation of "Soldier," which is a reincarnation of "Danger," which is in reincarnation of "Other Side of the Game"… all done so splendidly.

4. Get Money
Think Junior Mafia meets
Billie Holiday

5. Don’t Be Long
Liked it

6. Love
Liked it

7. Umm Hmm
A one-minute teaser of the “Call Tyrone” blend

8. Fall in Love
Alicia Keys' Unbreakable loop is politely borrowed (by Karriem Riggins) and grooved out along with a classic Notorious B.I.G. couplet.

9. Incense
Don’t remember it much.

10. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1)
It’s the “new” "Green Eyes," movements and all.

11. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)
Movement #2. Badu also has movement number #3, but she said she “had to keep something for herself.”

Leak Track: Jump In The Air and Stay There
Features vocals from Bilal and Lil' Wayne. Dope song, let's hope it's still on the album.

* There are supposedly 10... yes, 10 different versions of this song, all with different (10 different to be exact) emcees featuring on the song.

Ms. Badu’s back everyone and you can’t tell anyone else, ok? Pinky swear?

-Sidik Fofana | Sidik Fofana is a staff writer for Okayplayer. His blog is


Anonymous said...

Awesome, thanks for the info. I'll probably be picking this one up on vinyl as well... still no album cover? The art on the last one was great.

-MikeG- said...

No artwork released yet, but I think I read that the same artist will be doing it, so it promises to be just as amazing.


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