Worldwide Underground

Worldwide Underground

by Erykah Badu Erykah Badu

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)



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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498604960
catalogNumber: 000073901
Rank: 10666


  1. World Keeps Turnin' (Intro)
  2. Bump It
  3. Back in the Day (Puff)
  4. I Want You
  5. Woo
  6. The Grind
  7. Danger
  8. Think Twice
  9. Love of My Life Worldwide
  10. World Keeps Turnin' (Outro)

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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