NEW AMERYKAH, POLL 1 (4th World War)

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can we please not break out the small violins for the critical standing of an album that finished 5th in P&J

ruh roh I'm having a scooby snack (some dude), Sunday, 28 March 2010 20:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

wow that's your most fatherly display name ever

hipster puddy (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 20:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

fatherly as in dad joke? old reference? you know scooby wasn't scrappy doo's dad, right?

ruh roh I'm having a scooby snack (some dude), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

i dont get it

51ocki (k3vin k.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

dad-ish reference

hipster puddy (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

are you familiar with longtime poster 'uh oh I'm having a fantasy'? xpost

dude scooby doo was on cartoon network and shit when you were a kid just like when i was a kid

ruh roh I'm having a scooby snack (some dude), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

ok im giggling now

51ocki (k3vin k.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

i know, i mean that it's silly in a dad-ish way, not old in a dad-ish way

hipster puddy (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

i giggled too

hipster puddy (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

ok so dad joke more than dad reference

ruh roh I'm having a scooby snack (some dude), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

yes

hipster puddy (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

just realized that i haven't thought a display name to be as alternately good/bad/hilarious since m@tt's El Garbage

hipster puddy (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 21:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

sorry about whining over nothing

don't let it rest on the President's desk (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 28 March 2010 22:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

nah i mean shit yeah it's better than Kid A, but it's not like i really expected any 2008 album, no matter how good, to really represent on end-of-decade lists like that, at least not this soon. it was actually the 7th highest '08 album on the Pitchfork list, so really it climbed a bit from being ranked 13th a year earlier.

ruh roh I'm having a scooby snack (some dude), Sunday, 28 March 2010 22:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

To be fair, it is the best album of the decade, so it's not "whining" to point out any list/poll that doesn't reflect that.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Sunday, 28 March 2010 22:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

meh, diff't strokes -- half the albums on my list that k3v linked upthread were on no other blog or publication's list, so i have a hard time thinking of it as insufficiently appreciated

ruh roh I'm having a scooby snack (some dude), Sunday, 28 March 2010 22:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

'that hump' was my vote i think -- the chorus is just great

deej khalifa (deej), Monday, 29 March 2010 05:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah I mustn't have voted in this cuz "that hump" has been my fave on this from the beginning. that bassline is crazy, the vocals, the lyrics... it's one of my top 5 badu songs easily. I never really got the crazy love for "the healer," i don't really understand why it won this poll by such a large margin, it's one of the lesser tracks on the album imo (though the album is pretty much perfect... but still, "that hump," "twinkle," "the cell," "soldier," "telephone," "me," >>>>>>>>>>>> "the healer"....)

The Brainwasher, Monday, 29 March 2010 05:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

i agree, altho i still like healer more than 'master teachers'

deej khalifa (deej), Monday, 29 March 2010 05:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Is there a thread for the second one? I cannot find it if there is. Anyway this is a totally perfect happy summer album, totes didn't expect it to sound this blissed out.

fuque santa cruz (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 8 July 2010 16:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

most of the talk about it is here Erykah Badu: C /D, S&D

Aerosol, Thursday, 8 July 2010 16:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

ty ty ty

fuque santa cruz (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 8 July 2010 16:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

"That Hump"

― Put A Ring On It (The Brainwasher), Friday, October 24, 2008 10:34 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark

otm

J0rdan S., Monday, 6 September 2010 09:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Ha its 5am and That Hump is hitting hard (tho less hard now that I just finished giggling at the ship/sarge scooby exchange)

Blah Sabbath (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 8 January 2012 09:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

guapele (The Reverend), Sunday, 8 January 2012 11:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Did we ever poll the second? We should. (Or both together, even.)

dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 22:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

And there are so many easter eggs, lyrically and sonically! I always discover something new when I listen to it. It's a complex motherfucking work. Just about a week ago, I first noticed that "My People" ends with the words "Good morning. Did you have a Dream?" And I capitilize Dream intentionally, because whether she was referring to the American (Amerykahn?) Dream or, I think more likely, MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, she intends to load the word with more meaning than its M-W definition would indicate.

― mr. mayan end times guy (The Reverend), Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:07 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah absolutely - i get annoyed when people overuse adjectives like "meaningful" but it absolutely applies to new amerykah in the sense that every word, note, inflection, every last detail in the arrangement is there for a reason, and even the most minute element of it can spark off these chains of thought just like yours

― lex pretend, Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:12 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, even things in the sequencing. It's no accident that "Me" is followed by "My People". She's already claimed her people as her in the former song. "I salute you [insert your name here] because you are me". It's also no mistake that she goes from grown folks acting all niggerish and not taking responsibility for their kids in "The Cell" to lamenting how those same kids "don't know their language...don't know their god" in "Twinkle" to the epiphany of "wait....what if there were no niggers, only master teachers?"

― mr. mayan end times guy (The Reverend), Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:23 PM Bookmark

Wait, but that's the Dream she has! You even have Curtis Mayfield playing herald for her with the sample of him at the beginning of "Master Teacher" repeating "dreams..." over and over.

thraeds of life (The Reverend), Friday, 16 November 2012 08:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

*still learning things about this album*

thraeds of life (The Reverend), Friday, 16 November 2012 08:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is still my favorite album of my lifetime, bout to put it on for the third time in a row.

thraeds of life (The Reverend), Friday, 16 November 2012 09:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

She's playing NYE in Oakland with The Coup I believe.

Everybody did shit, art happened! (forksclovetofu), Friday, 16 November 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

rev otm

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 16 November 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

That Hump

J0rdan S., Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

second verse is the best vocal performance of her career imo

J0rdan S., Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

Only smoked a joint or two betwixt me and you.

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

that hump makes me sob tbh

horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

always feel like whiney is going to pop up and take me to task for ^ that sentiment, but it's true

horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

i just got to find a way
of liiiiiving
check tooo check
just tryin to pay my rent and i can feel it
coming down around me and this children
;_;

horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

can i just posit the brother on her floor as the punctum here

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

my brother's sleeping on my floor
a bitch could use a little moooooore

horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

otm

horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:37 (1 year ago) Permalink


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