Worldwide Underground

Worldwide Underground

by Erykah Badu


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No amount of incense can mask the talent of of Erykah Badu, whose voice is so distinctive it's been likened to that of the great Billie Holiday. The Texas-bred singer has been infusing her organic grooves with an inviting spiritualism since the release of her breakout debut, Baduizm, in 1997. But she ups the ante with a dose of hip-hop on Worldwide Underground, which takes a cue from her Grammy-winning single "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" on songs such as the lead single, "Danger." She introduces the track with a sample from an older song, "Other Side of the Game," and the contrast underscores her attitude change. Whereas she mournfully stood by her man's hustling ways on the jazzy "Other Side of the Game," over "Danger" 's hard-rocking bass line an adrenaline-fueled Badu warns, "The glock on cock / The block stay hot" -- signaling she's become Bonnie to her now-incarcerated man's Clyde. Keeping the hip-hop-inspired momentum going, conscious rap duo dead prez check in on "The Grind," and "Love of My Life Worldwide" is an old-school-reminiscent anthem built on the backbone of female rap trio Sequence's 1979 classic "Funk You Up." The latter song features rappers Bahamadia and Queen Latifah and the soulful vocals of former Sequence member Angie Stone. Other noteworthy cameos are by Zap Mama, who lends her eclectic musings to "Bump It" and Lenny Kravitz, who adds potent guitar licks to the backyard barbecue–suited jam "Back in the Day." But Worldwide Underground doesn't only incite riotous partying. The mesmerizing Badu takes a subdued stance on the Chaka Khan–esque "I Want You," which recalls the breathtaking "Orange Moon" from her 2000 disc Mama's Gun. Whether she keeps it gangsta or plays it ladylike, Ms. Badu continues to make uncompromisingly creative and thought-provoking music.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
Label: Motown
UPC: 0044001935626
catalogNumber: 000073902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erykah Badu   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Box,Group Member
Lenny Kravitz   Electric Guitar
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet,Vocals
Zap Mama   Vocals
Doc Gibbs   Percussion
James Poyser   Keyboards,Group Member
China Black   Background Vocals
Sam Bell   Background Vocals
Karen Wheeler   Vocals
Rashad Smith   Group Member
A. Pérez   Background Vocals
R.C. Williams   Keyboards
Bray Lon Lacy   Bass,Hand Clapping
Jazz Bell   Background Vocals
Tisha Creer   Background Vocals
Eevin Wright   Hand Clapping
Alfredo Gray   Background Vocals
Dwayne Kerr   Flute
Robert Pack   Background Vocals   Vocals

Technical Credits

Donald Byrd   Composer
Queen Latifah   Composer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
James Poyser   Programming,Executive Producer
Tom Soares   Engineer,Executive Producer
Angie Stone   Composer
Bahamadia   Composer
Erykah Badu   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Author,drum programming,Art Direction,Drawing
Rashad Smith   Executive Producer,drum programming
Kenny J. Gravillis   Art Direction
R.C. Williams   Composer,Executive Producer
Dead Prez   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Freakquency   Producer

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Worldwide Underground 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Elle.Morena More than 1 year ago
Though this album is an EP and not an LP, Erykah Badu still brought "it" IMO! From start to finish, I can clean the house, curl my hair, ride across town, and just pump up the volume to some good ole' music. I think this CD has been slept on and some brush it off b/c it's "typical crazy Erykah". If you are one of those who did that, then pick this album up as soon as you can! Trust that you won't be disappointed. The only thing I would add to this EP is the original "Love Of My Life (Ode To Hip-Hop). Peace & Blessings...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased the new cd 9/24/03. I was expecting the normal Badu style that I've become accustomed to from the two previous albums. This album is not bad,but in my opinion it's been thrown together and as I found myself I'm sure you'll find yourself skipping tracks and listening to the few songs that are worth listening to. The postive point is that Eykah still comes with the originality that she's known for. Badu Fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Badu. Talented. Period. She had me at the first album. Then the concert for that came. Now this Worldwide Underground...then the concert. Doesn't get any better. The songs affects you. The music affects you. She makes you open your mind. I listen to all types of different music. Ms. Badu is just one of those artists that you can put the cd, push play, and let go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when I popped the CD I knew I was going 2 hear something cool. The songs are funky and classic Badu,but she takes it another step higher and makes you get n2 her head into her songs. The best song on the album is "Danger" which got me on lock. The only problem is the # of tracks on this one. We waited 3 years for a new album and she only has 8 real songs....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is nothing like the first two albums. In most cases that is a good thing. I am glad to see her do something different. I just didn't like it at all. And I really love the first two albums. I guess you will have to hear for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah I didn't get this yet but anytime badu is ahead of beyonce is a good time. I just hope she doesn't corrupt anymore of my favorite mc's
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again Erykah has graced us with this hot EP. Best songs on the album are "Danger" and "Love of My Life Worldwide". Cop it.
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