- Dead Ni**a Blvd. (Part 1)
- Hot Night
- Interlude: Bla Bla Bla Dyba Dyba Dyba
- Priorities 1-6
- Akel Dama (Field of Blood)
- Better By The Pound
- Interlude: 6 Legged Griot Trio (Weariness)
- Dead Ni**a Blvd. (Pt. 2)
Throughout her groundbreaking career, Meshell Ndegeocello has never minced words, and her musically and lyrically bold fourth disc, Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape, is no exception. Here, she unabashedly puts her opinions to the fore, mocking the music industry's reliance on cookie-cutter knockoffs with the album's title and chastising her fellow African Americans' materialistic ways on the funky political anthem "Dead Nigga Blvd., Pt. 1." "You sell your soul like you sell a piece of ass," chides the soul singer, whose music helped pave the way for neo-soul superstars such as Erykah Badu and D'Angelo. But instead of alienating her target audience, Ndegeocello draws them in with tough love. After all, her goal is to elevate black consciousness. "Remember what Jesse used to say," she adds, "I am somebody." But whether she's waxing poetic about race ("Dead Nigga Blvd. (Pts. 1 and 2)"), religion (the explosive "Jabril"), love (the ballad "Earth"), or sex (the explicit "Trust"), it's Ndegeocello's passion for her subject matter and her music that makes The Anthropological Mixtape such a moving listen. She backs up her polemics with a rich musical tapestry that interweaves funk, rock, soul, hip-hop, jazz, go-go, and spoken word. Perhaps in an effort to garner the mainstream success that has eluded her thus far, she collaborates with several popular urban artists, including progressive MC Talib Kweli on the Latin-tinged "Hot Night" and sultry songbird Tweet and raunchy rapper Redman on the Rockwilder/Missy remix of "Pocketbook." But Ndegeocello, with her deep, seductive vocals and intoxicating, Prince-inspired bass and guitar licks, is the real star of the show. In fact, not since Prince (and Sly Stone before him) has contemporary soul music been blessed with an artist so unafraid to express her bad, black self. And for her fearless creativity, her fans are truly grateful.
Performance CreditsMeshell Ndegeocello Primary Artist
Lalah Hathaway Vocals
Caron Wheeler Vocals
Marcus Miller Bass Clarinet,Fretless Bass Guitar
Sean Rickman Drums
Michael Cain Piano
Alfredo Mojica Percussion
Oliver Gene Lake Drums
Jacques Schwarz-Bart Tenor Saxophone
Grégoire Maret Harmonica
Kid Funkadelic Guitar
Federico Gonzalez Peña Piano
Technical CreditsLalah Hathaway Vocal Arrangements
Cato Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Rail Jon Rogut Production Editing
Missy Elliott Producer
Eric Dyba Engineer
Frank Maddocks Art Direction
Andrew Brooks Engineer
Supa Dave West Producer,Track Programmer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like the African griot sitting center circle telling the village tribe's history, Meshell Ndegeocello unapologetically moves you to think outside the standard ideas of what music, love and the American lifestyle is really all about. Her fourth release of the Maverick label, COOKIE is one part conversational vignettes and another part headliner's set at a poetry slam. This 16-track grooveathon showcases everything from libidinous liasons (''Berry Farms''), Latin-laced afro-rhythmic beatnik soul (''Hot Night''), to her contemptuous commentary on the naming of city streets after dead black people on ''Dead N----r Blvd.''. A fully produced dance rap overture, the Rockwilder/Missy Elliot remix of ''Pocketbook'' featuring Redman and Tweet contains traces of Gap Band synth whipped up in true Missy fashion. Meshell's Stevie Wonder inspired ''Earth'' is an open-ended aural panacea with melodies that turn on a dime into a lush cosmic lullaby. Ndegeocello's strength lies not only in her revolutionary musical vision, but also in her ability to bare her soul and take the listener along for the ride. Featuring audacious samples of Angela Davis and Richard Gregory, COOKIE is a social commentary confronting the often times combustible subjects of sex, race and poverty in America. According to Meshell, the revolution is not very far off.
If want raw, powerful ''in yo face'' lyrics that make you think? This one's for you. If crave funk-drenched basslines, old skool melodies seeping from the keyboards, searing guitar licks, & head-nodding percussive arrangements? This one's for you. If you need something filled with political, passionate and soul-stirring messages. You guessed it. This one's for you. What makes Meshell such a diamond in the rough is her realness. She stays true to herself through the years and her many projects. This latest release is a must have. Poets - written and heard - will truly love this release. With appearances from some of the most proflic poets of the century, Cookie is not only groove-saturated, it is also laced with mind-blowing verse. Snippets of revoluntaries past & present. I could go on and on, but shall digress. Why? 'Cause ya just gotta get your own copy of this masterpiece. Two favorites off the top of my head? ''Dead Nigga Boulevard'' with its hard hitting messages (...brown folks are the keepers of the earth, she says) and thumping bassline. ''Earth'' is simply gorgeous and has some of the most beautiful vocal combinations ever (caron wheeler and lalah hathaway) If you aren't moved by the 3 minute mark? I can't do nothin' for ya, man. Long story short. Cookie is poetry in all its splendor and spectrum of color & emotion. Don't fall into the trap of commercialized, plastic ''pop'' artists that are littering tv and radio today. Reach into your ''Pocketbook'' and get this joint. ''Trust''. You'll be glad you did. Peace. CLB. PS. Meshell. Continued success, sista & much respect.
If any true music enthusiast has a true collection in their house, No collection is complete without Me'shell N'degeOcello's expression of life love and Blackness. I primarily was intrigued with Meshell back when she did the remix for "if that's your boyfriend" Her musical tones and emotions tingled my spine and I knew she was definitely one to watch for. The cookie album is definitely worth the wait for those that like intricate jazzy arrangements while keeping the black funk sound alive. Listen to "Priorities 1-6" and "Earth" In "Earth" midway through the song is the the most sensual funky interlude I have ever heard along with her soothing ad-libs Meshell should have had commercial success a long time ago, but remains true to the formula that kept her on the map by remaining underground, which is why i am still a loyal fan to her music to this day. Now it can't be all good though like her previous album "Bitter", I was heavily disappointed with the musical content and kept it to listen at a later time. But meshell, if your reading this, Thank you for coming back to the formula that made me love you in the first place........Go get the album
Well, what can I say? This woman has done it again. "Trust" has got to be the sexiest and most heartfelt and beautiful song I've ever heard. There is so much emotion in everything this woman writes from the music to the lyrics which are SOOO simple, but they punch you right down to your core. You cannot help but FEEL what she's singing about. Truly a masterpiece...
There are very few albums I own where the first song is powerful. I started to gain an ear for Me'shell when she did her song, ''fool of me,'' on the Love and Basketball soundtrack. I finally decided to invest in the cd when Cookie was released. I love the first song lets you know just how conscious this singer/songwriter is and her spoken word is just as delicious. There is no explaining how inspiring this whole album is but i would need three websites for that. so unitl then everyone who reads this and enjoy lyrical genius then pick this up.
MEHSELL N'DEGEOCELLO, ONE OF MUSIC'S MOST UNAPPRECIATED ARTISTS CONTINUES TO MAKE MUSIC TO FEED YOUR SOUL. SHE IS A POET, A SOOTHING VOICE, AND ONE OF THE BADDEST BASSIST AROUND. THIS CD, AND HER OTHER THREE ARE SURE TO PLEASE, INSPIRE, AND MOST DEFINTELY IMPRESS.
I really liked the album, but it wasn't as good as Peace Beyond Passion. Didn't hold me all the way through the album and lacked that one song that has me going back again and again. But, overall it's worth the money to buy it.
By far Meshell N'degeocello remains to be musically inclined with black lustre accompanied by her muscial mysticism. Despite her lack of hitting the ''commercial'' airwaves (as she so muscially deserves to be heard),her fans including myself remain true to her music. Could it be her sexual honesty, or ardent attitude of being black and beautiful that has other less talented sista's filling the airwaves of songs of ''men whom have mistreated them, but they still want to stay?!?!?''.And this is promoting a positive what?!?! Let us be reallistic, ones sexual preference should be null to their musical talents(if that be the case). If Whitney houston finally admitted that she was ''a woman lover'' would she have so many dedicated fans? and does it matter?!?- Reality is once you pick up Plantation lullabies, your hooked: no questions asked besides '' why the hell didnt I try this sooner!''. Ive been on a mystical, musical high since 1993- a chronic many of us can afford to be addicted to. From ''Outside your door'' i was on a 5 a day fix. Then Meshell went and did what many artist can't, make a 2nd albumn better than the first, and yes ''without remixes''!!!-Peace Beyond Passion speaks for itself. Never will you pick up an albumn by such a powerful,20th century romanticist promoting black love and commradeship.And to confirm my addiction, she released Bitter, her third albumn.I found myself falling deeper in love with each track the more I listened to them.This is the kind of music you run out and tell everyone about until they buy it for themselves and everyone else they know who appreciates good, sweet, passionate music. The kind of music that has you screamin YES sister, YES!! I would have enjoyed her three concerts that I attended moreso if I wasnt in such a stupor about her sounding better live than on wax!! The woman is talented by far from many artists they regulate the air waves. Why she hasn't received the promotion she deserves, silence hides its secrets well. Nevertheless, its their lost. So for the fans, let us continue to support her. And for the non-believers, pick up the albumns, they speak for themselves.