Friday, April 08, 2011

Jam of the Day


ERYKAH BADU IN STUDIO from Creative Control on Vimeo.
The New Amerykah CDs are two of the best music releases of the last several years. I kinda understand why the first one didn't have a larger commercial impact. In today's pop culture climate ("pop" stretching from Britney to hip-hop to that god-awful Euro club shit everybody seems to be flocking toward) it's kinda "art-house." I love the collection but I do understand the resistance to it. NA Part 2, however, is just sublime, smart, hip-hop/funk inflected words & grooves that could easily nestle in anybody's Top 40. Shoulda been huge. But charts and sales don't matter. Artistry does. Badu still has it in spades.

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