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Baduizm

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Rim Shot (Intro)
1:58
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On & On
3:46
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Appletree
4:25
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Other Side Of The Game
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Sometimes
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Next Lifetime
6:27
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Afro
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Certainly
4:43
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4 Leaf Clover
4:35
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No Love
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Drama
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Sometimes
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Certainly (Flipped It)
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Rim Shot
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 58:25

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Six Degrees of Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

By Andy Beta, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

By Andy Beta, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Go-Go Music!

By Jeff Chang, Contributor

Once upon a time, Washington D.C.'s go-go and New York hip-hop were both local party music sounds known to a select few. They were very much alike — stripped-down music relying heavily on percussive breakdowns and what "proper" musicians would dismiss as mere vamping, hosted by smooth mic operators who shouted out as much as they rhymed and talked more than sang, keeping the parties going continuously for hours. Go-go has bubbled up into the edge… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Two years after D’Angelo brought the organic sound and emotional passion of R&B to the hip-hop world with 1995′s Brown Sugar, Erykah Badu’s debut performed a similar feat. While D’Angelo looked back to the peak of smooth ’70s soul, though, Badu sang with a grit and bluesiness reminiscent of her heroes, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. “On & On” and “Appletree,” the first two songs on Baduizm, illustrated her talent at singing soul with the qualities of jazz. With a nimble, melodic voice owing little to R&B from the past 30 years, she phrased at odds with the beat and often took chances with her notes. Like many in the contemporary rap world, though, she also had considerable talents at taking on different personas; “Otherside of the Game” is a poetic lament from a soon-to-be single mother who just can’t forget the father of her child. Erykah Badu’s revolution in sound — heavier hip-hop beats over organic, conscientious soul music — was responsible for her breakout, but many of the songs on Baduizm don’t hold up to increased examination. For every intriguing track like “Next Lifetime,” there’s at least one rote R&B jam like “4 Leaf Clover.” Jazz fans certainly weren’t confusing her with Cassandra Wilson — Badu had a bewitching voice, and she treasured her notes like the best jazz vocalists, but she often made the same choices, the hallmark of a singer rooted in soul, not jazz. Though many fans would dislike (and probably misinterpret) the comparison, she’s closer to Diana Ross playing Billie Holiday — as she did in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues — than Holiday herself. – John Bush

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