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Preview Badu

Erykah_2 Last week, soulstress Erykah Badu previewed her new album "New Amerykah, Pt. 1, 4th World War" with a listening session and a live VH1 Soul Storytellers performance. We're big fans for Ms. Badu 'round these parts, so we went to both!

Her VH1 performance was amazing as she ran through her classics like "Didn't Cha Know" and our "New Amerykah" fave "Me," where she comically sings "Had two babies, different dudes/And for them both my love was true/This is my last interview, hey, that's me." Of course she's referring to her son with Outkast's Andre 3000 and daughter with West coast MC D.O.C. and we love her anyway...

At the listening the following night, Badu traded her afro wig for a 1960's bob wig and big black frame glasses. Squeezing most of New York's eclectic hipsters into the newly opened Chamber of Mirrors art gallery, she played the entirety of her "4th World War" which dropped Tuesday. Surrounded by psychedelic paintings, JI sat in the dark and vibed out to what felt like Erkah's ode to the 1970's seance. JI's favorite part was when the audience got too chatty over Badu's music and her new "boo," MC Jay Electronica told us all to shut up in no uncertain terms. Gotta love hip-hop supporting their girlfriends. Awww...

Fun fact: Badu has formed a super group called Edith Funker with Roots' drummer ?uestlove, producer James Poyser, bassist Michael Elizondo, Doyle Bramhall II and the legendary Prince-affiliates, Wendy and Lisa. According to Badu, they bathed in the funk and didn't "take a bath for days." Cool, right?

Their first creation is a song called "Annie"... a song about a chick who wears no panties and flashes everyone. Ha! Should be released via an album called "Loretta Brown" later this year.

February 27, 2008 | Permalink

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