Monday, January 28, 2008

Erykah Badu stays being the shit

Apart from Cody ChesnuTT, she remains my favorite contemporary artist working in the R&B/soul idiom, or whatever you want to call it. Sure, in recent years she has pulled a couple of stunts that have made me slightly question my devotion for her, but in the end, her wit, her creativity, her fearlessness, her goddamn flyness have always won me over.

One thing I've always loved from her right from the beginning is that she's a much underrated conceptualist and director of music videos, and I'm feeling her new one, "Honey":



The compositing seems just a teensy bit dodgy, but man, she is so fly.

And maybe I'm too much of a record store nerd, but I'm tickled pink (not literally, obviously) by all the cratedigger culture inside jokes and shout outs in there.

I wonder if MTV and BET will even bother to play this.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to her upcoming album, New Amerykah.

6 comments:

oldpro said...

MTV is actually playing this. Shocked the hell out of me. Dope ass video.

Comb & Razor said...

oh for real? that's good to hear...

i guess i shouldn't be too surprised since MTV's slightly been taking more chances with their rotation of late, and "officially" endorsing artists like Common, Kenna and (*shrug*) Keyshia Cole.

i haven't really watched BET in ages, though, except for a few times i checked out...er, Keyshia Cole's show.

(kinda weird seeing you around here, OP! i like it, though!)

oldpro said...

Ha! I'm a Keyshia Cole watcher too. I have to admit, it seems like one of the more authentic reality shows. That family is too ghetto to be fake. It's about the only thing I've watched on BET the last couple of years.

Man, I've been lurking here for about a year now lol

John B. said...

Do you like Meshell Ndegocello? I'm a huge fan! Check this out:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UpdzEpGIqtY

Comb & Razor said...

i used to love Meshell, but her more recent work has alienated me a little bit...

John B. said...

I agree. I don't know about the latest one, but the two before that really had me scratching my head.