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Worldwide Underground
Erykah Badu - Wordwide Underground.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2003
Recorded2001 - 2003
Genre
Length54:21
LabelMotown
ProducerErykah Badu, James Poyser, Rashad „Ringo“ Smith, R.C. Williams, Dead Prez, Raphael Saadiq
Erykah Badu chronology
Mama’s Gun
(2000)
Worldwide Underground
(2003)
New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
(2008)
Singles from Worldwide Underground
  1. Love of My Life
    Released: August 20, 2002
  2. Danger
    Released: 2003
  3. Back in the Day (Puff)
    Released: 2004

Worldwide Underground is the third studio album by American singer Erykah Badu, released September 16, 2003 by Motown Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2003, following Badu’s period of writer’s block and her performing on the Frustrated Artist Tour.[1] Production was handled primarily by production group Freakquency, which consists of Badu, Rashad Smith, James Poyser, and RC Williams.[2] Prominently incorporating hip hop and funk elements, the album features an unconventional musical structure and minimal songwriting concerning hip hop culture, love, ghetto life, and gang culture.[1][3][4][5][6][7] The albums features appearances from rappers Dead Prez and Common, along with singers Queen Latifah, Bahamadia, and Angie Stone.

The album debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 143,561 copies in its first week. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and produced three singles that achieved moderate chart success, while the album was underpromoted and sold less than her previous albums.[8][9] Upon its release, Worldwide Underground received generally lukewarm reviews from critics. The album has sold 609,000 copies in the United States.

Background

After taking some time off to raise her child, Badu returned in 2000 with Mama’s Gun. The album was characterized as more organic in sound than her previous studio album, and primarily produced by the Soulquarians and noted bassist Pino Palladino. A remix of one of the album’s songs, „Bag Lady“, was issued as the first single and topped the R&B charts for seven weeks. The album was well-received, with the lyrical content winning notices from many publications. Reviewers found some of her lyrics hard to decipher on her initial releases.[10] Despite not charting as high as her first two albums, Mama’s Gun was another platinum-selling success, and „Bag Lady“ was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2001 Badu embarked on the Mama’s Gun World Tour. The tour started in North America on February 10 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Allen Theatre.[11] Badu will perform two nights in Washington, D.C. and Chicago.[12] After the release of Mama’s Gun and „Love of My Life“, Badu suffered writer’s block.[13]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Blender[14]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[15]
Los Angeles Times[16]
Mojo[17]
Pitchfork6.7÷10[18]
Q[19]
Rolling Stone[20]
Slant Magazine[21]
Uncut[22]

Worldwide Underground was released on September 16, 2003, by Motown Records.[23] It debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in the week of October 4,[24] selling 143,561 copies in its first week.[25] Ultimately spending 11 weeks on the Billboard 200, it also entered at number two on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and spent 30 weeks on the chart.[26] By December 2003, the album had sold 394,000 copies domestically.[27] Its first single, „Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)“, peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[28] The second single „Danger“ reached number 82 on the Hot 100 and number 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs,[29] while the third single „Back in the Day (Puff)“ peaked at number 62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[30] On October 28, 2003, Worldwide Underground was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, following sales in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States.[31] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 609,000 copies in the United States.[32]

Worldwide Underground received generally lukewarm reviews from critics.[33] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 71, based on 14 reviews.[23] Andy Kellman from AllMusic said the record sounded „more like a weekend jam session than an endlessly labored-over, polished project. For the most part, this is a good thing“.[2] PopMatters critic Mark Anthony Neal commended Badu for her themes relating to hip hop culture and for her musical direction, writing that „it finds the artist Stepping into Tomorrow, with a new production collective in tow and some straight-up, free-floating, funky-ass R&B. And for the first time in her career, Badu is wearing her own voice and it is unmistakably Badu“.[1] Georgia Christgau from The Village Voice wrote that „although sometimes her reliance on mood threatens to get the better of Worldwide Underground, Badu remains faithful to the old school of flow, a blend of drums and rhythm designed to service soul’s best instruments: its vocalists.“[34] Slant Magazine ranked the record number 90 on its list of the Best Albums of the Aughts.[35]

In a less enthusiastic review, Uncut deemed Worldwide Underground oft-interesting but too groove-oriented music,[22] while Blender observed „rambling, digital fiddling and self-indulgent sprawl here, but a sense of purpose, too, even as her lips move on autopilot.“[14] Jon Caramanica from Rolling Stone was more critical and said apart from „Danger“ and „Love of My Life Worldwide“, most of the songs sounded aimless, „variations on some atmospheric theme ... slither[ing] along unthreateningly“.[20]

Tour

Badu in 2005.

Badu embarked on the Worldwide Underground Tour in 2004.[36] The US trek kicked off on February 3 in New Orleans. and ran through the winter and spring with supporting act Floetry joining the tour February 5 in Houston.[37] The Roots made a special opening act appearance at the February 11, show in Los Angeles. Badu resumed the tour during the fall with additional dates in America and Europe.

Badu founded the Sugar Water Festival, a music festival co-found by Badu, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott. The trek played to amphitheaters and arenas in the United States during the summer of 2005 and 2006. It began in 2005 as an event to bring awareness to health issues to African-American women. British duo Floetry opened shows during the 2005 run. The festival was relaunched briefly in 2006 with Kelis opening the show and comedian Mo’Nique hosting the festival.[38] 2006 was the final year for the outing.

The festival was to expand into Europe and Asia, however, this did not come to fruition. The Summer Tour was a concert tour in 2006 by Badu. The tour started on June 10, in Knoxville, TN, with three shows in the U.S. and resumed in July for several shows in Europe. In August, Badu co-headlined dates with Jill Scott and Queen Latifah at the „Sugar Water Festival“.[39]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1.„World Keeps Turnin‘ (Intro)“Erykah BaduErykah Badu1:39
2.„Bump It“James Poyser, Rashad Smith, Badu, Audrie MaggetBadu, James Poyser, Rashad Smith8:49
3.Back in the Day (Puff)Poyser, Smith, Magget, BaduBadu, Poyser, Smith4:46
4.„I Want You“Poyser, Badu, Smith, MaggetBadu, Smith, Poyser10:53
5.„Woo“Williams, BaduBadu, R.C. Williams, Smith3:14
6.„The Grind“ (featuring Dead Prez)Dead Prez, Stic.man, M-1Dead Prez, Badu, Smith2:49
7.DangerBadu, Williams, Smith, PoyserBadu, Poyser, Williams, Smith5:49
8.„Think Twice“Donald ByrdBadu, Poyser, Smith3:02
9.„Love of My Life Worldwide“ (featuring Queen Latifah, Bahamadia and Angie Stone)Badu, Poyser, Smith, Queen Latifah, Angie Stone, BahamadiaBadu, Williams, Smith, Poyser5:25
10.„World Keeps Turnin‘ (Outro)“BaduBadu4:01
United Kingdom and Japan edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11.Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)(featuring Common)Raphael Saadiq, Badu, Poyser, Robert Ozuna, Glen StandridgeRaphael Saadiq, Badu, add. producers: Poyser, Jake and the Phatman3:50
12.„Hollywood“David Wolinski, Andre FischerBadu5:32

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Worldwide Underground

Erykah Badu auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Erykah Badu (2011)
Erykah Badu (2011)
Chartplatzierungen
Erklärung der Daten
Alben[1]
Baduizm
 UK17 
Platin
Platin
01.03.1997(25 Wo.)
 US2 
Dreifachplatin
×3
Dreifachplatin
01.03.1997(58 Wo.)
Live
 US4 
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin
06.12.1997(30 Wo.)
Mama’s Gun
 DE4218.12.2000(14 Wo.)
 AT5621.01.2001(6 Wo.)
 CH3303.12.2000(12 Wo.)
 UK95 
Gold
Gold
09.12.2000(1 Wo.)
 US11 
Platin
Platin
09.12.2000(25 Wo.)
World Wide Underground
 DE5729.09.2003(4 Wo.)
 AT6428.09.2003(3 Wo.)
 CH3228.09.2003(5 Wo.)
 US3 
Gold
Gold
04.10.2003(11 Wo.)
New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)
 DE4414.03.2008(1 Wo.)
 AT3914.03.2008(2 Wo.)
 CH1016.03.2008(6 Wo.)
 UK5515.03.2008(1 Wo.)
 US215.03.2008(15 Wo.)
New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
 DE6109.04.2010(3 Wo.)
 AT3809.04.2010(3 Wo.)
 CH1811.04.2010(6 Wo.)
 UK5610.04.2010(2 Wo.)
 US417.04.2010(21 Wo.)
But You Caint Use My Phone
 US1419.12.2015(2 Wo.)
Singles
On & On
 UK12 
Silber
Silber
19.04.1997(4 Wo.)
 US12 
Gold
Gold
25.01.1997(19 Wo.)
Next Lifetime
 UK3014.06.1997(3 Wo.)
 US6124.05.1997(7 Wo.)
Apple Tree (To Be Free)
 UK4729.11.1997(1 Wo.)
Tyrone
 US6206.12.1997(5 Wo.)
You Got Me (mit den Roots)
 DE2510.05.1999(9 Wo.)
 CH1506.06.1999(8 Wo.)
 UK3106.03.1999(2 Wo.)
 US3913.02.1999(14 Wo.)
Southern Gul (mit Rahzel)
 US1225.01.1997(19 Wo.)
One (mit Busta Rhymes)
 UK2311.07.1998(3 Wo.)
Bag Lady
 US619.08.2000(20 Wo.)
Sweet Baby (mit Macy Gray)
 CH3609.09.2001(13 Wo.)
 UK2315.09.2001(4 Wo.)
Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) (mit Common)
 US907.09.2002(27 Wo.)
Danger
 US8223.08.2003(11 Wo.)
Honey
 US8815.03.2008(3 Wo.)
Window Seat
 US9517.04.2010(3 Wo.)

Erykah Badu (* 26. Februar 1971 in Dallas, Texas; eigentlicher Name Erica Abi Wright) ist eine US-amerikanische Soul-Sängerin. Ihre Musik umfasst Neo-Soul, Jazz, R&B[2] und Hip-Hop.

Leben

Erica Wrights Mutter war Schauspielerin, so stand sie selbst schon in der Kindheit auf der Bühne und lernte außerdem Tanzen und Singen. Sie brach ihr Studium an der Grambling State University ab, da sie sich ganz ihrer Musikkarriere widmen wollte, die sie mit der Hip-Hop-Band Erykah Free mit ihrem Cousin Robert „Free“ Bradford begann. Sie spielten in kleineren Clubs in Dallas unter anderem die Vorversionen der Hits On & On oder Appletree. Sie nahmen das Demoalbum Funky Cousins auf. Langsam machten sie sich einen Namen und bekamen einen Plattenvertrag. Der Produzent war jedoch der Meinung, Wright alias Erykah Badu würde sich allein besser verkaufen, und so trennten sich beide.

Erykah Badu, 2005

Ihren ersten Plattenvertrag schloss sie somit als Solistin ab und hatte 1997 auch gleich mit On & On einen Singlehit, der zudem mit dem Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ausgezeichnet wurde. Große Aufmerksamkeit erreichte aber vor allem ihr Debütalbum Baduizm, das mit Dreifach-Platin ausgezeichnet wurde. Sie führte mehrfach die R&B-Charts an. Ihr größter Singlehit in den US-Hot-100 bislang war der Top-Ten-Hit Bag Lady (2000). Insgesamt konnte sie bislang vier Grammys gewinnen. Am 17. April 2002 trat Erykah Badu bei einer Aftershow von Prince im Musikklub The Red Jacket in Dallas in Texas auf, genau wie am 12. Juni 2004 im Black Forest in Dallas.

Ende Februar 2008 ist ihr viertes Studioalbum „New Amerykah Part One“ erschienen, in dem sie sich soundtechnisch auf die Wurzeln der Hip-Hop-Bewegung besinnt. Für die Produktion des Albums hat sie gezielt mit Rap-Produzenten wie u. a. Madlib zusammengearbeitet, die sich als Vertreter des Conscious–Rap einen Namen gemacht haben.[3] Im Musikvideo der Single Window Seat, das im März 2010 gedreht wurde, entledigt sie sich am Ort des Attentats auf John F. Kennedy ihrer Kleidung. Sie wurde daraufhin zu einer Geldstrafe in Höhe von 500 US-Dollar verurteilt.[4]

In der Werbung für die Herbstkollektion 2010 von H&M ist ihre Version von Muddy Waters’ Song Mannish Boy zu hören.[5]

Daneben trat sie auch immer wieder in Film-Nebenrollen auf, unter anderem in Blues Brothers 2000, Gottes Werk und Teufels Beitrag oder House of D.

Aus ihrer Beziehung mit André 3000 hat Erykah Badu einen Sohn (* 6. Dezember 1997) und mit West Coast Rapper The D.O.C. hat sie eine Tochter (* 5. Juli 2004). Von 2005 bis 2009 war sie mit dem Rapper Jay Electronica liiert, mit dem sie ebenfalls eine Tochter (* 1. Februar 2009) hat.[6]

Diskografie

Erykah Badu

  • Baduizm (1997)
    • On & On
    • Otherside of the Game
    • Next Lifetime
  • Baduizm Live (1997)
    • Tyrone
    • Appletree
  • Mama’s Gun (2000)
    • Bag Lady
    • Didn’t Cha Know
    • Cleva
  • Worldwide Underground (EP, 2003)
    • Danger
    • Back in the Day
  • New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008)
    • Honey
  • New AmErykah, Pt.2 (Return of the Ankh) (2009)
    • Jump Up in the Air and Stay There feat. Lil Wayne
  • But You Caint Use My Phone (2015)

Erykah Free (mit Robert Bradford)

  • Funky Cousins

Erica Wright

  • Heartache (The Early Recording)(1998)

Filmografie

Quellen

  1. Chartquellen:
  2. Erykah Badu bei AllMusic (englisch)
  3. Erykha Badu - Neues Album und Video auf Musik-Base.de
  4. Alan Duke: Erykah Badu gets fine, probation for naked stroll. In: CNN. 17. August 2010, abgerufen am 31. Januar 2017.
  5. H&M Herbst 2010, TVSongs.de
  6. SINGLE MAMA!!! R&B Singer Erykah Badu BREAKS UP With Rapper Jay Electronica. (Nicht mehr online verfügbar.) In: mediatakeout.com. 5. April 2009, ehemals im Original; abgerufen am 31. Januar 2017.@1@2Vorlage:Toter Link/mediatakeout.com (Seite nicht mehr abrufbar, Suche in Webarchiven Info: Der Link wurde automatisch als defekt markiert. Bitte prüfe den Link gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.

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