After a four-year absence, Grammy Award-winning neo-soul muse Erykah Badu returns to the music scene with New Amerykah, featuring the debut single "Honey." The new album marks Badu's tenth year as a recording artist, and the gifted trendsetter pegged its release to her birthday, February 26th. To work on the album -- the first installment in the series New Amerykah Part 1&2 -- Badu enlisted Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige), Madlib, Mike "Chav" Chavarria, and R&B singer Bilal.
Performance CreditsErykah Badu Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,talking drum
Roy Hargrove Horn
Jef Lee Johnson Guitar
James Poyser Keyboards
Om'Mas Keith Keyboards,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Roland Synthesizer,Trap Kit
Shafiq Husayn Keyboards,Arp Strings
Bilal Oliver Vocals,Guest Appearance
Technical CreditsRoy Ayers Arranger,Composer,Producer
Edwin Birdsong Arranger,Composer,Producer
William Allen Arranger,Composer,Producer
James Poyser Composer,Producer
Tom Soares Engineer,Vocal Recording
Ronald Albert Johnson Engineer
Jerry Soloman Engineer
Erykah Badu Lyricist,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Remixing,Art Direction
Karriem Riggins Composer,Producer
Om'Mas Keith Producer,Engineer
Shafiq Husayn Composer,Programming,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Taz Arnold Composer,Producer
Georgia Anne Muldrow Composer
Shanti Das Marketing
James Patrick Green Engineer
Chris Bell Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
When the cd starts you know you are in for a Real journey. The grooves and the harmonies are all correctly in place. The music and Erykahs voice is just amazing! The poetry and the messages in the songs have so much depth and spirituality. Erykah --is New Amerykah! The funk is truly intact--heavy and sometimes light but always poignant and true. Please open up your ears to hear this wonderful piece of work!
New AmErykah to me sounds like Erykah returning to her hip hop roots, as in more of the tracks on this album have more of a hip hop vibe as well as a strong presence of funk. br The album opens with funky AmErykahn promise leading to what seems to be the fan favorite, the Healer. The Healer is the most mesmerizing track on the album that commands attention from anyone listening to it. The thing I love most about this album is that there is a bit of something for everyone and the messages in the songs are much more stronger in their delivery as can be clearly heard in tracks like Master Teacher and Solider "which I think should be the next single off the album". br If you're looking for soulful tracks then you have Honey, Telephone, That Hump. Looking for Old Skool, you got Master Teacher, The Cell & Me. Need some funk in your life, AmErykahn promise won't let you down. If you're after Hip hop, you'll be blessed with My people "which is reminiscent of Erykah's callbo with Zap Mama on Bandy Bandy" and my favorite track off the album Soldier. br This is not a "neo-soul" album and Erykah has stepped out of the box with this album and I appreciate that as a long time fan. I hear the growth in her music and this is indeed a revolutionary album. I look forward to pt.2 Return of the Ankh.