No amount of incense can mask the talent of of Erykah Badu, whose voice is so distinctive it's been likened to that of the great Billie Holiday. The Texas-bred singer has been infusing her organic grooves with an inviting spiritualism since the release of her breakout debut, Baduizm, in 1997. But she ups the ante with a dose of hip-hop on Worldwide Underground, which takes a cue from her Grammy-winning single "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" on songs such as the lead single, "Danger." She introduces the track with a sample from an older song, "Other Side of the Game," and the contrast underscores her attitude change. Whereas she mournfully stood by her man's hustling ways on the jazzy "Other Side of the Game," over "Danger" 's hard-rocking bass line an adrenaline-fueled Badu warns, "The glock on cock / The block stay hot" -- signaling she's become Bonnie to her now-incarcerated man's Clyde. Keeping the hip-hop-inspired momentum going, conscious rap duo dead prez check in on "The Grind," and "Love of My Life Worldwide" is an old-school-reminiscent anthem built on the backbone of female rap trio Sequence's 1979 classic "Funk You Up." The latter song features rappers Bahamadia and Queen Latifah and the soulful vocals of former Sequence member Angie Stone. Other noteworthy cameos are by Zap Mama, who lends her eclectic musings to "Bump It" and Lenny Kravitz, who adds potent guitar licks to the backyard barbecuesuited jam "Back in the Day." But Worldwide Underground doesn't only incite riotous partying. The mesmerizing Badu takes a subdued stance on the Chaka Khanesque "I Want You," which recalls the breathtaking "Orange Moon" from her 2000 disc Mama's Gun. Whether she keeps it gangsta or plays it ladylike, Ms. Badu continues to make uncompromisingly creative and thought-provoking music.
Performance CreditsErykah Badu Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Box,Group Member
Lenny Kravitz Electric Guitar
Roy Hargrove Trumpet,Vocals
Zap Mama Vocals
Doc Gibbs Percussion
James Poyser Keyboards,Group Member
China Black Background Vocals
Sam Bell Background Vocals
Karen Wheeler Vocals
Rashad Smith Group Member
A. Pérez Background Vocals
R.C. Williams Keyboards
Bray Lon Lacy Bass,Hand Clapping
Jazz Bell Background Vocals
Tisha Creer Background Vocals
Eevin Wright Hand Clapping
Alfredo Gray Background Vocals
Dwayne Kerr Flute
Robert Pack Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDonald Byrd Composer
Queen Latifah Composer
Kedar Massenburg Executive Producer
James Poyser Programming,Executive Producer
Tom Soares Engineer,Executive Producer
Angie Stone Composer
Erykah Badu Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Author,drum programming,Art Direction,Drawing
Rashad Smith Executive Producer,drum programming
Kenny J. Gravillis Art Direction
R.C. Williams Composer,Executive Producer
Dead Prez Composer,Producer,drum programming
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Worldwide Underground based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Though this album is an EP and not an LP, Erykah Badu still brought "it" IMO! From start to finish, I can clean the house, curl my hair, ride across town, and just pump up the volume to some good ole' music. I think this CD has been slept on and some brush it off b/c it's "typical crazy Erykah". If you are one of those who did that, then pick this album up as soon as you can! Trust that you won't be disappointed. The only thing I would add to this EP is the original "Love Of My Life (Ode To Hip-Hop). Peace & Blessings...
I purchased the new cd 9/24/03. I was expecting the normal Badu style that I've become accustomed to from the two previous albums. This album is not bad,but in my opinion it's been thrown together and as I found myself I'm sure you'll find yourself skipping tracks and listening to the few songs that are worth listening to. The postive point is that Eykah still comes with the originality that she's known for. Badu Fan
Ms. Badu. Talented. Period. She had me at the first album. Then the concert for that came. Now this Worldwide Underground...then the concert. Doesn't get any better. The songs affects you. The music affects you. She makes you open your mind. I listen to all types of different music. Ms. Badu is just one of those artists that you can put the cd, push play, and let go.
when I popped the CD I knew I was going 2 hear something cool. The songs are funky and classic Badu,but she takes it another step higher and makes you get n2 her head into her songs. The best song on the album is "Danger" which got me on lock. The only problem is the # of tracks on this one. We waited 3 years for a new album and she only has 8 real songs....
This is nothing like the first two albums. In most cases that is a good thing. I am glad to see her do something different. I just didn't like it at all. And I really love the first two albums. I guess you will have to hear for yourself.
Yeah I didn't get this yet but anytime badu is ahead of beyonce is a good time. I just hope she doesn't corrupt anymore of my favorite mc's
Again Erykah has graced us with this hot EP. Best songs on the album are "Danger" and "Love of My Life Worldwide". Cop it.
I BOUGHT THIS ALBUM FOR ABOUT 14 BUCKS AND WOULD SELL IT BACK FOR ABOUT 4 BUCKS....I WAS HIGHLY DISSAPOINTED I HOPE SHE GETS BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK BACAUSE I DONT KNOW WHAT SHE WAS THINKING WHEN SHE MADE THIS ALBUM