Erykah Badu teases 'New Amerykah Part Two' with trippy, funky clip

Some rather strange and fairly awesome footage just appeared on Erykah Badu’s official site, right around the 3:33 P.M. Pacific time she’d instructed her Twitter followers to keep their eyes peeled.

You’ll want to click over to erykahbadu.com ASAP, but for the impatient, a summary: First the number 3 rushes at the screen, three times. Then comes a rush of assorted photos. (I spotted Hitler, Badu’s boyfriend Jay Electronica, and Bill O’Reilly in there.) Next, a quick clip of President Obama’s State of the Union speech from earlier this week transitions into what appears to be Badu, or someone, giving a spirited puppet show with two adorable felt creatures slipped over her hands. Soon a funky drumbeat kicks in, and a psychedelic kaleidoscope/Rorschach test takes up the screen. The funky beat becomes a funky song, featuring the refrain “I know you want to/Jump up in the air and stay there.” (I do, Erykah, I do!)  The kaleidoscope thing reveals itself to be a distorted image of Badu herself. A dizzy rap verse occurs courtesy of Lil Wayne. At last, the clip concludes with a message: “NEW AMERYKAH / PART TWO: RETURN OF THE ANKH / 3.30.2010 AD / (MAYBE).”

Leave it to Badu to promote her new album this way. Consulting the track list that her label recently sent out for the sequel to 2008’s excellent New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), the song in the clip would appear to be a Web-only bonus called “Jump in the Air,” featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal. It’s pretty sweet! Definitely stuck firmly in my head after one listen. Head to Badu’s site, check out the rest of the track list after the jump, then let us know if you’re anticipating New Amerykah Part Two as eagerly as I am.

New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh):
1. “20 Feet Tall” (Produced by Erykah Badu and 9th Wonder)
2. “Window Seat” (Produced by Erykah Badu and James Poyser, featuring Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), James Poyser (keys), Kirsten Agnesta (harp))
3. “Agitation” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Shafiq Husayn of SA-RA Creative Partners)
4. “Get Money” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Karriem Riggins (drums), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), James Poyser (keys), Tommy Trajlio (guitar), Mike “Chav” Chavarria (mooger fooger))
5. “Don’t Be Long” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Ta’Raach)
6. “Love” (Produced by Erykah Badu and J Dilla)
7. “Umm Hmm” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib)
8. “Fall in Love” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Karriem Riggins)
9. “Incense” (Instrumental) (Produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib featuring Kirsten Agnesta (harp))
10. “Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1) (Undercover Over-Lover)” (Produced by Erykah Badu featuring James Poyser (keys))
11. “Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Georgia Ann Muldrow
Bonus Web-Only Track: “Jump In The Air,” featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal (Produced by Erykah Badu, RC Williams and Jahborn)

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  • LPH

    YES!!! I am super excited for a new Erykah cd!! Hopefully this one will be better received than the last one. .

  • Sally in Chicago

    All I know is she needs to tie her hair up.

    • bbop212

      No she doesn’t. She wears hair the way it naturally grows out of head.

  • Thad

    I love the (maybe). priceless

  • Vel

    …Featuring Lil Wayne….Wow, I can’t believe she’s crossing over. Too bad, the beat and hook are pretty dope!

  • acession maintained

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS DEFINITELY I’VE BEEN WAITING 2 + YRS. FOR RETURN OF THE ANKH, I LOVE JUMP IN THE AIR EXCLUDING LIL WAYNE BUT THE SONG IS STILL HOTTTTTTTTTTTT LOVE IT!

  • On and On

    I KNOW that ain’t mah tablecloth!

  • joe

    yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!! i LOVE badu!!!!

  • Phylicia

    The track is hot and funky but lil wayne spoiled it with his wack verse i am sorry but i am just not in the lil wayne fan club…anyhow cannot wait for this album i loved part one it was a little uneven but i liked that aspect.

  • Rlt08

    Oh yeah!!!! Yo ass done matched the gasoline, yes
    That’s Collene….she badddddu!!!! Can’t wait!!!

  • Royal_Update

    Yes!!! was sad to hear she pushed it back once already. Can’t Wait!!!!

  • DaddyLongstroke

    FINALLY some REAL music is about to be released. R&B sucks right now. Erykah RULES

  • DIVABEFOURDAWN CALVIN

    NICE JOB! FEW ENLIGHTEN WORDS. BUT ALL WILL KNOW. YOUR A PLAYFUL ONE :) IM ON FACEBOOK. DIVABEFOURDAWN CALVIN
    YOUR INVITED

  • Jules

    i cant wait for another badu album, although mamas gun is my favorite i cant wait to hear what this one has to offer.

  • Jules

    i agree its about time for some real music!

  • Augusts1

    Definitely saw it. I don’t think it is the official video though since Erykah & her keyboardist RC Williams twitted about being on a video shoot w/Lil’ Wayne in attendance as well as her band awhile back. Love the song, it’s seriously bumpin’!

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