Widely considered to be the "First Lady of Neo-Soul," Erykah Badu has been making some of R&B's best music for over a decade. First rising to prominence in 1997 with her debut album, Baduizm, the singer has become one of the few artists to maintain both critical acclaim and commercial success. After turning in a sonically complex and socially-themed album in 2008, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), she's finally retuned with a proper sequel, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). The album contains a primarily groove and sample-based sound with personal and love-related lyrical themes.
New Amerykah Part 2 (Return of the Ankh) is Badu's fifth studio album and is set to be released Tuesday on Universal Motown followed by the official album release party at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Erykah.
Production for the album was handled by several producers, including J Dilla, Questlove, James Poyser, Madlib, 9th Wonder, Sa-Ra, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Karriem Riggins.
In the past six years, Badu, who has been working on this album since the release of "Worldwide Underground" in 2003, has recorded over 50 songs for "Part II." She hopes to release an already-completed album titled "Low Down" shortly after this release.
"New Amerykah Part I" has sold 359,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Tickets for the New Amerykah Part 2 album release party are available at theelrey.com for $33.