in hip-hop album news… January 30, 2008Posted by KG in hip-hop, music, style, tech.
Tags: common, erykah badu, jay electronica, lupe fiasco, mos def, new amerykah, q-tip, return of the ankh, rising down, talib kweli, the roots, wale
In a shift from their previous two releases, The Roots’ Rising Down is STACKED with guest appearances. In addition to crew regulars Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. and yes, Malik B, confirmed guests include: Mos Def, Common, Kweli, Peedi Peedi, Styles P, Wale, Patrick Stump, Mercedes Martinez, Chrisette Michelle. Also rumored to appear are Q-Tip, Lupe Fiasco, and Jay Electronica.
“I have three albums coming out this year, the first one will be released on February 26 (her birthday) and it’s gonna be called New Amerykah,” Badu says, adding that the next, Return Of The Ankh is scheduled for a July release.
“The other one’s gonna be called New Amerykah II and it’s gonna be a totally digital experience.”
Removing an ebony puff of her larger-than-life afro from her face, Badu explains the meaning of “totally digital experience”.
“You’ll purchase (instead of a CD) a USB stick, each will come with a specific code that you punch in. That way you’ll get to upload a new song every month for the next 10 months.”
Her digital ideas, however, don’t stop there!
“I’ll also be starting a magazine called Freaq, it’s gonna be dedicated to arts, politics, beauty, fashion, photography and technology,” shares the 36-year-old, adding that she also manages her own Myspace page.
“I feel so inspired. My religion is Art, I do the creator’s work best in that medium,” she says.
“You don’t see the head-wrap no more, no ankh? That’s because I am that. I don’t have to have nothing on me. It just takes the things that I have buried inside of me to become who I am. I’m just happy in my day”